KETCHIKAN (KDN) — While the Ketchikan High School wrestling team is in Anchorage this weekend, competing in the Alaska Schools Activities Association state tournament, the Kayhi track and field squad is participating in the Region V meet in Juneau.
Both Kayhi teams were in action on Friday, and will continue to compete on Saturday.
Wrestling grapples at state
Kayhi has a dozen competitors locking up in Anchorage this weekend. The boys’ Division I tournament is hosted at Bartlett High School, while the girls’ competition is at Chugiak High School.
All 11 boys that Kayhi sent to state wrestled on Friday, while Julia Biagi — the lone girl on the squad this season — battled in a bout on Friday, as well.
Biagi fell to Nome High School’s Della Medlin in the state quarterfinal of the girls’ 130-pound weight class. Biagi received a bye in the consolation round, following the match, and will wresle again on Saturday. She is still in line for a third-place finish, if she sweeps her competition on Saturday.
On the boys’ side, Kayhi’s Degan Linne is lined up for a championship bout in the 140-pound weight class on Saturday. Linne defeated all three of his competitors on Friday, winning the first-round, quarterfinal and semifinal matches.
Kayhi’s Brock Thomas, who is in the same 140-pound weight class, went 1-1 on Friday, falling to the consolation bracket. He can still place third on Saturday.
In the 145-pound weight class, Charlie Blair racked up a pair of wins before dropping his match in the semifinal. Blair falls to the consolation bracket, and will try for third place on Saturday.
Kayhi’s Kolin Houthoofd dropped to the consolation bracket, as well, in the 152-pound weight class.
Several other Kayhi wrestlers dropped to their respective consolation brackets, including Nathan Mowery (119-pound), Sampson Oliver (125-pound), Kai Biagi (130-pound), Andy Collins (160-pound), Tyler Manypenny (171-pound), Micah Blake (189-pound) and Liam Moseng (285-pound).
They all will have matches on Saturday.
Kayhi state wrestling bouts are livestreamed on the NFHS Network, which is accessible through ASAA365.com. However, there is a fee to watch the livestream. The bracket results also can be followed online at TrackWrestling.com.
Track and field squad races at Region V meet in Juneau
Kayhi is one of several teams throughout Southeast competing at the Region V track and field meet in Juneau this weekend, including Juneau-Douglas, Thunder Mountain, Haines, Sitka and Petersburg high schools.
Friday’s lineup had mostly preliminaries scheduled, with a few final events in the two-mile race, as well as the shot put, high jump and triple jump.
Results from Friday were not available by press time. Finals for the remaining track and field events are scheduled for Saturday.
Complete results from the Region V track and field meet will be in a forthcoming issue.