By Mark C. Robinson
Wrangell Sentinel 

Wrestlers earn top spots in Juneau Southeast Showdown


October 25, 2023 | View PDF

Chuck Hanson

Wrangell senior Keegan Hanson took first place in his weight class in the wrestling meet at Juneau Oct. 20-21, including this winning match against an opponent from Mt. Edgecumbe.

Wrangell wrestlers excelled on the mat at the Southeast Showdown at Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau. "We went 34 wins, 15 losses and 30 pins," said coach Jack Carney. "Four of the losses were to our own teammates."

Competing on Friday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 21, five of the 11 wrestlers who made the trip took the top spot in their weight brackets, going undefeated at the Showdown.

Winning first place were senior Keegan Hanson at 152, junior Della Churchill at 120, sophomore Boomchain Loucks at 119, and freshman Hailey Cook at 107. Also placing first in her very first tournament this season was senior Mia Wiederspohn.

Placing second at the Showdown were junior Vanessa Johnson at 165 and freshman Jackson Carney at 130. Junior Kyan Stead came in third at 119, while sophomores Cody Barnes at 215 and Ben Hauser at 130 placed fifth.

Posting on the Wrangell Wolves Wrestling Facebook page about the tournament, Carney said, "Juneau was fun with these 11 wrestlers. Went to Mendenhall Glacier and toured the state Capitol before wrestling."

Carney hopes to bring 15 wrestlers to Mt. Edgecumbe for competition Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27-28.


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