Junior high grapplers shine at Bethel Scramble
Zach Kolbe, Morgan Allen and Andrew Heyano highlighted a solid showing by Southwest Alaska's junior high school wrestlers this past weekend at the Bethel Scramble. The meet drew more than 260 wrestlers from throughout the region.
Allen highlighted Dillingham Junior High School's efforts during the two-day meet. He posted a 5-0 record and breezed to the Elementary/Junior High's 160-pound weight championship. He edged out Bethel's Larry Bayer in the title bout.
Kolbe won the 135-pound championship in grand fashion. After losing his second-round bout to Bethel's Peter Crow, he fought his way back to the title match. In the finals, he defeated Crow at the 1:10 mark to avenge his only setback.
Thomas Tinker and Jacinto Larson also did well in the 135-pound division. Tinker finished fifth, while Larson placed seventh.
Heyano won the 220-pound division with a perfect 3-0 mark.
Dillingham also collected second-place finishes from Demetry Hoseth, Sam Fox and Kiley Clouse. Hoseth was the runner-up in the 100-pound division to Bethel's Joseph Smith. Fox finished second to Bethel's Mason Fitka following a narrow 3-2 loss in the finals.
Clouse was second in the girls' 135-pound standings to Newhalen's Aileen Lester, who finished the meet with a perfect 4-0 mark.
Jared Savo also did well for Dillingham. He was third in the boys' 160-pound division. Teammate Thresa Savo was fifth in the 110-pound ranks, while Ralph Sorensen and Noah Sage were fourth and seventh, respectively, in the 121 class.
Gabe Olympic added to Newhalen's medal count. He finished third in the boys' 220-pound ranks. Kiesha Askoak was fourth in her division, while Michael Tretikoff and Ian Anelon finished fifth and ninth, respectively, in their brackets.
New Stuyahok's Vassilie Andrew and Gusty Blunka Jr. garnered medals for the Eagles. Andrew was third in the 121 division, while Blunka was third in the 95-pound ranks.
Mickia Walcott IV was fifth in the 105-pound standings.