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Noden, Williams shine at Lancer Smith

November 24th, 2017 | Tommy Wells Print this article   Email this article  

Jesse Noden went into the 2017 Lancer Smith Memorial Wrestling Tournament looking to prove he could hold his own against the state's top Division I and Division II wrestlers. The answer he got was a resounding "yes."

Noden helped carry the Dillingham Wolverines' seven-man wrestling team to a solid showing at the three-day meet, which was held at the Curtis Menard Complex in Wasilla. Overall, more than 40 teams and 840 wrestlers from across the state participated in the event.

Now 19-3 for the season, Noden emerged as the Wolverines' top wrestler at the meet. He won his first two bouts before finishing with a 2-2 record.

Darius Tilden, Justin Dye and Dillon Chaney also recorded wins at the tournament. Tilden, who entered the Thanksgiving break with a 7-5 record this season, went 1-2 in the 106-pound division. Dye, now 16-5, was 1-2 in the 120-pound class, while Chaney wrestled his way to a 1-2 mark in the 138-pound classification.

Chaney improved to 16-3 for the season.

Other DHS wrestlers competing in the tournament's varsity division included Jimmy Nicolai, Joseph Wassilly-Walker and Sam Jenkins.

As a team, Dillingham scored 17 points in the meet and finished 31st in the 42-team field. Chris Williams helped the Wolverines star in the junior varsity division. The Dillingham standout posted a 5-0 record, including a thrilling 8-7 win over Palmer's Owen Manley in the finals, en route to winning the 132-pound championship.

Colten Hink, Grant Williams and Samuel Calvert all starred in their weight brackets. Hink went 3-2 in the 152-pound division, while Williams and Calvert both notched three wins in the 145- and 138-pound classes.

Bobby Nicholson, Tanner Noden and Drew Wassilly all went 2-2 in their outings.


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