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By A.J. JANKOWSKI
Daily News Sports Editor
The Ketchikan High School wrestling team got the initial coat of rust off Friday night, competing in its first matches of the season at the Bill Weiss Invitational inside the Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.
The Kings battled in two duals against teams comprised of 1A and 2A schools that have been wrestling since their season started in September.
For Kayhi, the season is only two weeks old, and there’s plenty of time to get technique and conditioning at peak position before heading into postseason tournaments.
Sophomore 182-pounder Nate Fousel went 3-0 on the day — all pins. He stuck two of his teammates, George Bolton and Daniel Eichner, before pinning Thunder Mountain’s Jase Lippert in the opening round of the tournament.
The tournament gets underway in earnest Saturday at 10 a.m., however, brackets with 16 wrestlers held opening-round bouts Friday evening.
Four other Kings opened their tournaments Friday, with Theo Benson joining Fousel as the only two Kayhi wrestlers to post wins in the opening round.
Benson pinned Hoonah’s Samuel Sheakley to get off on the right foot of the 138-pound bracket.
Teammates Hitsati Hudson, Brendon Divelbiss and Daniel Lontz fell in their tournament matches, and will begin Saturday in the consolation brackets.
Hudson picked up a win earlier in the day, when he pinned Metlakatla’s James Henderson in the 145-pound bout in the first dual.
Kayhi got off to a good start in the second dual of the evening, when returning state qualifier Marcus Martin pinned Thorne Bay’s Quinn Slayton in the second period of their 120-pound bout.
But the Prince of Wales Island wrestlers got their revenge, taking the next six bouts courtesy of victories by Thorne Bay’s Tell Tripple and Luther Jenson and Craig’s Hunter Fitch, Wyatt Patten, Mitchell Reeves and Tucker Thain.
The most exciting match of the dual came when Thain faced off with Kayhi’s T. McBurnette at 160 pounds. Thain opened with a takedown before McBurnette escaped and returned the favor, getting on top of Thain. McBurnette was able to turn Thain for three back points, but couldn’t get the pin before the end of the period, taking a 6-2 lead into the second.
McBurnette chose the down position to start the middle period, and as the two scrambled, Thain was able to get McBurnette on his back for the pin.
Wrangell’s Jeffrey Rooney held off Kayhi’s Davon Wake 9-4 at 170 pounds before the Kings ended the dual with back-to-back victories by Fousel and Robert Williams.
The tournament-portion of the Invitational begins Saturday at 10 a.m. with finals slated to begin at 7 p.m.
Updated results and brackets will be available throughout the day on www.trackwrestling.com. Search "Bill Weiss Invitational."
Kayhi vs. Team 1
113 pounds: Trevor Wutzke pins Charlie Bower (Haines)
126: Keenan Spencer pins Manny Budke (Hoonah)
132: Trevor Cox (Skagway) dec. Kadin Hallstrom 9-7
138: Corbin Gaube (Metlakatla) dec. Ben Kacenas 7-5
145: Hitsati Hudson pins James Henderson (MET)
152: Walker Blair (HNS) pins Gerik Sherrill
160: T. McBurnette dec. Johnny Botello 10-5
170: Torsten Skaflestad (HNH) dec. Davon Wake 4-2
182: Nate Fousel pins George Bolton
220: J.D. Hudson maj. dec. Robert Williams 11-1
Kayhi vs. Team 2
120: Marcus Martin pins Quinn Slayton (Thorne Bay)
126: Tell Tripple (TB) pins Keenan Spencer
132: Hunter Fitch (Craig) pins Kadin Hallstrom
138: Wyatt Patten (CRG) dec. Theo Benson 5-1
145: Mitchell Reeves (CRG) pins Hitsati Hudson
152: Luther Jenson (TB) pins Gerik Sherrill
160: Tucker Thain (CRG) pins T. McBurnette
170: Jeffrey Rooney (Wrangell) dec. Davon Wake 9-4
182: Nate Fousel pins Daniel Eichner
220: Robert Williams pins David Johnson (MET)
Kayhi in tournament action
138: Theo Benson pins Samuel Sheakley (HNH)
145: Jaren Sumauang (Sitka) tech. fall Hitsati Hudson 20-2
152: Sidney Edenshaw (Hydaburg) pins Brendon Divelbiss
170: Jeffrey Rooney (WRG) pins Daniel Lontz
182: Nate Fousel pins Jase Lippert (Thunder Mountain)