Redington girls, boys win Kachemak title for 3rd straight year

Peninsula wrestlers collect state berths

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The Redington girls and boys wrestling teams won the Kachemak Conference for a third straight time Friday at Anchorage Christian Schools.

In the nine-team boys tournament, the Huskies scored 239 points to win the event. Nikiski was second with 175, Kenai was third with 156, Seward was fifth with 119 and Homer was seventh with 72.

The Bulldogs were able to put nine in the top three to earn all of those automatic bids to the Division II state tournament. The state tournament is Dec. 16 and 17 at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.

Nikiski had three champions. At 160, Sam Yerkes pinned Grace’s David Grey in the championship for the title. At 215, Robert Isabel pinned Seward’s Francisco Sanchez in the final. At 285, Mayaac Schmit won both of his matches by pin to earn the title.

The Bulldogs had four other wrestlers work their way to the final. At 125, Wyatt Maguire was pinned by Redington’s Payton Metcalf in the final. At 145, Frank St. Denis lost by technical fall to Redington’s Thomas Swalling. At 171, Jackson Wittmer was pinned by Redington’s Wyatt Milnes in the final. At 189, Tim Goodnight was pinned by Stephen Scott of Anchorage Christian Schools in the final.

Also earning state berths by finishing third were Niles Broussard at 145 and Jakeup Martin at 171. Also in the top six for the Bulldogs were Thayne Quiner in sixth at 125 and Johnny Ralston in fourth at 171.

The Kardinals automatically put five in the state tournament with top-three finishes.

Kenai had three champions. At 103, Jaxson Young pinned Cordova’s Michael Harris in the final. At 135, Owen Whicker pinned Grace Christian’s Colton Merriner in the final. At 152, Andrew Gaethle pinned Grace’s Geremu Daggett in the final.

Two more made it to the finals for the Kardinals. At 130, Daniel Steffensen was pinned by Myles Campbell of Redington. At 140, Reymond Perez dropped an 8-4 decision to Homer’s Russell Nyvall.

Kenai also got a sixth from Keagan Stanley at 130, a sixth from Macallen Marion at 140, a fourth from Antonio Perez at 145, a fifth from Delen Byrd at 145 and a fifth from Kage Adkins at 171.

The Seahawks put five in the top three for automatic state berths.

Seward had a pair of champions. At 112, Aidan Schilling pinned Caleb Metcalf of Redington for the title. At 119, Hunter Forshee-Kurtz pinned Houston’s Eli Banks for the title.

Francisco Sanchez also made it to the finals for the Seahawks, getting pinned by Nikiski’s Isabel.

Tommy Jarnig, at 103, and Alejandro Sanchez, at 125, finished third for automatic berths.

Also for Seward, Anthony Smith was fifth at 130 and Iver Gates was fifth at 135.

Homer had three sew up automatic berths.

Nyvall had the lone title for Homer with the pin over Kenai’s Perez at 140. Paul Minke, at 130, and Brayden Woods, at 160, finished third for Homer.

Also for the Mariners, Adgel Chandler was sixth at 171.

In the 11-team girls tournament, Redington scored 140 points for the victory, while Homer was second with 74, Nikiski was third with 64, Kenai was fourth with 58 and Seward was sixth with 16.

In the girls tournament, the top two automatically qualify for state, also Dec. 16 and 17 at the Alaska Airlines Center.

The Mariners put four in the state tournament by claiming four champions. At 107, Heather Shae won both of her rounds by pin for the title. At 114, Cecilia Fitzpatrick pinned Redington’s Delphina Holt in the final. At 126, Saoirse Cook won both of her rounds by pin. At 185, Roane Cook won unopposed.

The Bulldogs picked up three automatic state berths. At 235, Destiny Langston won the title unopposed. At 107, Paisley Maxwell finished second by going 1-1 in the rounds. At 138, Oceanna Broussard was pinned in the final by Redington’s Joy Walker. Also for Nikiski, Jorja Peppinger was third at 145 and Shyra Loomis was fourth at 132.

The Kardinals put four in the top two for automatic berths. All four finished second. At 126, Sarai Bravo-Moe was 1-1 in the rounds, at 145 Elisha Beans was 1-1 in the rounds, at 165 Jenna Yeoman was pinned in the first-place match by Mya Rhodes-Hunison of Redington, and at 132 Jalyn Yeoman won a true second-place match over Chloe Lastimosa of Seward by fall.

Lastimosa was the lone wrestlers in the tournament for Seward.

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