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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan High School wrestling team will return the mat this weekend in the Mat-Su Valley. The squad will be one of 58 high schools represented at the Lancer Smith Memorial Tournament at the Menard Sports Complex in Wasilla on Friday and Saturday.
It will be Ketchikan’s first competition since it hosted the Bill Weiss Wrestling Tournament on Nov. 1-2. Palmer High School will be hosting the Lancer Smith tournament.
Ketchikan will see some familiar faces in Wasilla from the Bill Weiss tournament, including wrestlers from Thunder Mountain, Mt. Edgecumbe, Sitka and Petersburg high schools.
Glennallen High School, which traveled to the First City from the Interior, also will be at the Lancer Smith tournament.
In addition to teams from Southeast, Ketchikan will compete against both East and South Anchorage high schools, as well as Palmer, Wasilla and Seward high schools, among others. Barrow High School also is making the trip to the Mat-Su Valley.
The Lancer Smith tournament will be separated into three brackets — varsity boys, girls and JV.
Last season, Ketchikan’s boys’ squad placed eighth out of 43 schools. The girls’ squad placed 15th out of 30, although the girls’ team only carried three wrestlers to the tournament last year. The girls’ squad has grown since then.
Several returning Ketchikan wrestlers placed in the top five of their respective weight classes at the Lancer Smith tournament last season, including Degan Linne, Andy Collins, Kolin Houthoofd and Brock Thomas on the boys’ side.
Hayley Gilson did the same in the girls’ bracket.
Weigh-ins for the tournament will begin Friday morning, with matches starting afterward.