Shaishnikoff looking to make statement
During his high school career, Talon Shaishnikoff has done almost everything imaginable.
State basketball tournament appearance? Been there.
State cross-country appearance. Done that, too.
State wrestling tournament? Working on that.
A senior at Unalaska High School, Shaishnikoff has been working hard over the past few months to complete his personal sports trifecta.
"It is a goal of mine to make it to the state meet," said Shaishnikoff, who spent this past weekend competing at the King of the Mountain wrestling-tournament in Seward. "It's the one thing I haven't done yet, so I've been working hard to try and get there."
Shaishnikoff said his plan to complete a state hat trick began more than six months ago, when he spent two weeks at the J Robinson Intensive Wrestling Camp at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Ore. From there, he said he managed to work individual matches throughout the Raiders' recent cross-country season.
"I put in a lot of work over the summer," he said. "I just wanted to stay in shape and give myself a chance at making it to state."
A third-place finisher at last year's regional meet, Shaishnikoff has shown the hard work has paid off over the first three weeks of the prep wrestling season. In Seward, he wrestled his way to a 3-1 record in the 182-pound weight classification.
"I think I did OK," he said. "I won most of my matches and got to work on some different things."
For the year, he has posted six wins in the Raiders' first two meets.
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