Wrestlers take top spots at competition in Sitka

The Wrangell Wolves high school wrestling team grappled with Craig, Sitka and Mt. Edgecumbe last weekend in Sitka instead of traveling to Palmer to compete in a bigger tournament there.

The weekend’s matches resulted in three first-place wins, a second place and two third-place finishes.

“It was a great weekend of wrestling, even though it was a small meet,” said assistant coach Jack Carney.

Liana Carney, Mia Wiederspohn and Ryan Rooney won first place in their weight classes, while Ethan Blatchley won second. Lily Younce, Vanessa Barnes and Daniel Harrison won third place for their weight classes. Newcomer Lucas Schneider had two wins during his first competition.

Carney said only eight of the 15 wrestlers competed at the event last Friday and Saturday.

“The team had some impressive matches (on Nov. 19). We got lots of compliments on our team’s relentless wrestling style and technique,” he posted on Facebook, adding that he hopes to get all 15 wrestlers to compete in the next matches.

The Wolves are scheduled to compete on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 in Juneau. Regionals are scheduled to take place in Wrangell on Dec. 10 and 11, with state scheduled the following weekend in Anchorage.


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