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By Marc Lutz 

Wrestlers ready for return of regionals to Wrangell


December 9, 2021

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

The Wrangell Wolves will host the Southeast regional high school wrestling tournament on Friday and Saturday. The Wolves (back row, left to right): Steven Bales, Jake Eastaugh, Ethan Blatchley, Daniel Harrison and Ryan Rooney; (front row, left to right): Lucas Schneider, Della Churchill, Jamie Early, Mia Wiederspohn, Liana Carney and Randy Churchill III. Not pictured is Rowen Wiederspohn.

For the first time in 14 years, the Southeast regional wrestling championships are scheduled to be held in Wrangell from Dec. 10 to Dec. 11.

And the Wolves are ready.

According to head coach Jef Rooney, the school activities association only allowed regional tournaments in larger communities like Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan. This is the first time in several years a smaller community has been mixed into the rotation.

"It's been a long time coming," he said.

In fact, the last time Wrangell hosted any wrestling meet was about four years ago, Rooney said. "We got a little trifecta. (Assistan...

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