A full slate of matches is scheduled for the Ketchikan High School Kings and Lady Kings wrestling squads at the Lancer Smith Memorial Invitational this weekend in Anchorage.
Kayhi traveled to the big city, and helped kick off the largest wrestling meet in the state on Friday. Schools from all across Alaska travel to Anchorage for the three-day event.
Whereas, the state meet is divvied up into school classifications — 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A — for scheduling purposes, the Lancer Smith Memorial is an all-hands-on-deck type experience, with more than 60 high schools in attendance at one time.
The meet is divided into three tournaments — boys’ varsity, boys’ junior varsity and girls’ brackets. In addition to Kayhi, other Southeast Alaska squads participating include Craig, Petersburg, Mt. Edgecumbe, Sitka, Thunder Mountain and Wrangell high schools.
Other teams on hand include Barrow, Bartlett, Chugiak, Colony, Delta, Dimond, Eagle River, Eielson, East Anchorage, Homer, Houston, Kodiak, Lathrop, Nome, Nikiski, North Pole, Palmer, Seward, Scammon Bay, South Anchorage, Unalakeet, Valdez, Wasilla, West Anchorage and West Valley high schools — just to name a few.
Kings’ varsity matchups
Here are Kayhi’s match summaries in the boy’s varsity brackets:
Kristian Kellogg went 1-1 in the 112-pound weight class on Friday, scoring a victory over Soldotna High School’s Ryan Buchanan via a 10-2 major decision, but Kellogg fell to East Anchorage’s Elyle Fransisco.
Kai Biagi went 3-1 in the 135-pound weight class on Friday, tallying victories over Houston’s Benicio Rubio, Nome’s Thomas Hannon and Lathrop’s Aaron Peterson — all via falls — but likewise, Biagi fell to South Anchorage’s Aaron Concepcion during the day’s bouts.
Brock Thomas was 2-1 in the 140-pound weight class on Friday, with a pair of wins over Colony’s Daniel Torres and Palmer’s Elden Caple. Thomas won via fall over Torres, and scored a 15-1 major decision over Caple. But South Anchorage’s Liam Lockard won by a 4-3 decision over Thomas.
Degan Linne went 4-0 in the 145-pound weight class on Friday, beating Palmer’s Kayson Asay, Lathrop’s Tommy Bourne, Homer’s Russell Nyvall and Soldotna’s Isaac Chavarria, all by falls.
Kolin Houthoofd went 3-1 in the 152-pound weight class on Friday, with three victories over Gambell High School’s Kirk Apassingok, Thunder Mountain’s Jarrell Williams and Soldotna’s Edgar Land, before falling to Palmer’s Antonio Woodfork.
Seth Webb and Conner Ray received byes in their weight classes — Webb in the 171-pound weight class and Ray in the 189-pound weight class. But the two fell in both of their matches.
Webb dropped his bouts against Redington High School’s Wyatt Milnes and Homer’s Nestor Kalugin.
Ray dropped his matches against Thunder Mountain’s Sage Richards and South Anchorage’s Hayden Martin.
Kayhi’s JV bouts
Here are Kayhi’s match summaries in the boys’ junior varsity bouts:
Conor Pearson went 1-2 in the 112-pound weight class on Friday, with a mid-match win over Wasilla’s Robel Butler. Pearson dropped his first and third bouts, falling to Wasilla’s Avery Simpson and Gambell’s Walker Ross.
Luke Rauwolf went 4-0 in the 119-pound weight class on Friday, scoring victories over Service High School’s Nicholas Novak, Thunder Mountain’s Owen Woodruff, Chugiak’s Cannon Clifford and Delta’s Aiden Klein.
Sampson Oliver went 1-1 in the 125-pound weight class on Friday. He won by a 4-2 decision over Eagle River’s Ryan Kennedy, but fell to South Anchorage’s Spencer Maxon.
Hunter Cowan was 3-0 in the 130-pound weight class on Friday. He won by fall against West Valley’s Titus Penwell, South Anchorage’s Nicholas Grande and Thunder Mountain’s Sage Shultz.
Romel Del Mundo went 3-0 in the 160-pound weight class on Friday, with victories over Lathrop’s Aijon Augustine, Nikiski’s Seth Payne and Chugiak’s Brayden Donovan.
Morgan Davis received a pair of byes in the 171-pound weight class, but dropped both of his matches, falling South Anchorage’s Seth Webster and Bartlett’s Steven Lake.
Tyler Manypenny went 2-1 in the 189-pound weight class on Friday, with a pair of victories over Hooper Bay High School’s Thomas Smith and Delta’s Gavin Braswell, before falling to Chugiak’s Spencer Johnson.
Paul Thompson was 3-0 in the 215-pound weight class on Friday, scoring wins over South Anchorage’s Gabriel Schumaker, Nikiski’s Robert Isabel and Dimond’s Rylan Anunciacion.
Lady Kings grapple
Here are Kayhi’s match summaries for the girls’ brackets:
Gabbie Bueno, Abby Duckworth and Trisha Capps each received a pair of byes before falling in their matches on Friday.
Bueno dropped her bout against Wasilla’s Kaelynn Seidl in the 103-pound weight class.
Duckworth fell to North Pole’s Abigail Whitlock in the 119-pound weight class, and also in the 119-pound weight class, Capps dropped her match to Colony’s Grayce Stigen.
Julie Biagi went 2-1 in the 125-pound weight class on Friday, scoring victories over Chevak High School’s Mariah Nash and Tok High School’s Destiny Finn. Both of Biagi’s wins were via fall, but Biagi fell to Palmer’s Avery Long in her third match of the day.
Hayley Gilson went 3-0 in the 130-pound weight class on Friday, with victories over Palmer’s Aubrey VanAusdal, Bartlett’s Venice Cabugao and West Anchorage’s Emma Knapp. Gilson beat VanAusdal and Cabugao by fall, and scored her win against Knapp via sudden victory.
Ruby McCue was 2-1 in the 135-pound weight class on Friday, with wins against Gambell’s Shanae Campbell and Colony’s Marissa Arneson via fall. McCue dropped her match against East Anchorage’s Maysa Brown.
Chayslyn Spencer received three byes in the 189-pound weight class on Friday, but dropped her match against Palmer’s Noelle Buck.
Kayhi will hit the mat Saturday morning, and continue to wrestle all day. The Lancer Smith Memorial can be followed along on TrackWrestling.com.
Friday’s results are compiled from TrackWrestling.com.