Wrestling team starts season strong in Craig

The Wrangell Wolves high school wrestling team competed at a meet at Craig this past weekend, winning 61 of their 87 matches. “We competed against pretty much everybody in the region, except Sitka,” said wrestling coach Jack Carney.

With a round-robin on Friday, Oct. 13, and a scramble on Saturday, Oct. 14, five wrestlers took first place in their weight brackets. Undefeated were senior Keegan Hanson at 152, sophomore Boomchain Loucks at 119, and freshman Hailey Cook at 107. Junior Della Churchill at 120 and sophomore Katelynn Gillen at 165 also placed first.

Placing second in their weight brackets were junior Vanessa Johnson at 165, sophomores Cody Barnes at 275 and Ian Nelson at 145, and freshmen Jackson Carney at 135 and Cooper Powers at 119. Junior Kyan Stead placed third at 119.

While not everyone on the team traveled to Craig and there was a minimal amount of practice due to most team members just completing competition in cross-country running, Carney felt the team performed well. “It was a lot of fun. We won an overwhelming number of our matches. We got a lot of compliments,” he said.

Carney feels his team can only get better. “It’s all about improving and being better than you were yesterday,” he said.

The squad’s next meet is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21, at Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau.


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