By CRAIG GIAMMONA
Courtesy Daily Sitka Sentinel
The Mt. Edgecumbe High Braves scored a resounding victory at the Region V wrestling tournament over the weekend, racking up 227 points in front of their home fans to capture their second 3A Southeast title in three years. Senior Jaylin Prince, a two-time defending state champion, capped off the victory for the Braves with his third straight Region V title at 285 pounds. In the first major tournament he’s wrestled at B.J. McGillis Gymnasium during his outstanding Edgecumbe wrestling career, Prince beat Yakutat’s Dakota Ekis 9-4 in the heavyweight final Saturday. It was the last match of a tournament that began Friday morning at Mt. Edgecumbe and saw small-school wrestlers from around the region battling it out for titles in 14 weight classes. Prince and three other wrestlers won for Mt. Edgecumbe, another four Braves were second and a total of 14 MEHS grapplers qualified for the state tournament.
It was third Southeast title in coach Mike Kimber’s 12-year career. Kimber said the Braves got off to a bit of a slow start in the early rounds Friday, but found their groove as they got their nerves in check. “Everybody just stepped it up,” Kimber said. “That was a really good win.”
The team title was pretty much locked up for Edgecumbe Friday night at the conclusion of the semifinals. The Braves left the gym after the first day of the tournament with 181 points, compared to 118 for Craig and 110 for Sitka. Sitka ended up in second place, with Craig third.
In addition to Prince, Edgecumbe got individual titles from Michael Matthew (170), Shyler Johnson (182) and Paul Johanson (220) as they dominated the upper weights. Melissa Fisher (113), Jaymes Kelly (120) and Gusty Akelkok (195) lost in the finals for MEHS, as did Daniel Villasenor (132). Edgecumbe got a third-place finish from Chris Journey at 195, while Deirdre Creed (106), Franklin Hoogendorn (145), Kory Joe (126) and Carlton Hautala (170) each finished fourth. Robert Nielsen was fifth at 113, but will go to state because the fourth-place finisher doesn’t plan to attend the tournament.
For the most part, the brackets played out as planned during the tournament, with the top seeds winning 13 of the 14 titles. The lone exception was Edgecumbe’s Matthew, who was seeded second behind Boord. The pair had met in an exhibition at Sitka High earlier in the season, with Boord winning 3-2. The match Saturday was scoreless after the first period, and Matthew took the advantage in the second, scoring an escape and a takedown to go up 3-0. Boord scored a late escape in the second and another in the third, but the buzzer sounded with Matthew holding a 3-2 advantage.
Sitka and Edgecumbe have been the top two teams in 3A Southeast wrestling the last three years. The Wolves won the title in 2010, with victories by Edgecumbe in 2009 and 2011. Craig has finished third in the region each of the last three years.
1) Mt. Edgecumbe 227; 2) Sitka 145.5; 3) Craig 138; 4) Wrangell 112.5; 5) Haines 79.5; 6) Petersburg 75; 7) Metlakatla 72; 8) Thorne Bay 68; 9) Pelican 67; 10) Hydaburg 58.5; 11) Yakutat 55; 12) Hoonah 48; 13) Kake 42; 14) Skagway 15; 15) Klawock 7; 16) Gustavus 3
106 — Darin Davis (Sitka) won by tech fall Marcus Martin (Craig) 15-1
112 — Tanner Thain (Craig) pinned Melissa Fisher (Mt. Edgecumbe) 1:50
120 — Willie Brand (Craig) pinned Jaymes Kelly (Mt. Edgecumbe) 1:51
126 — Jaren Sumauang (Sitka) pinned Tucker Thain (Craig) 2:47
132 — Will Patrick (Sitka) pinned Daniel Villasenor (Mt. Edgecumbe) 1:44
138 — Kurt Dingwall (Wrangell) dec. Kenny Thomsen (Haines) 3-0
145 — Tanner Thomassen (Wrangell) dec. Jake Licari (Sitka) 13-12
152 — Jimmy Thomsen (Haines) pinned Angelo Lerma (Kake) 5:20 )
160 — Anthony Minnillo (Thorne Bay) maj. dec. Quinton Hafendorfer (Pelican) 19-5
170 — Michael Matthew (Mt. Edgecumbe) dec. Mitchell Boord (Sitka) 3-2
182 — Shyler Johnson (Mt. Edgecumbe) maj. dec. Jay Balcom (Craig) 12-1
195 — Demetrius Milne (Metlakatla) pinned Gusty Akelkok (Mt. Edgecumbe) :39
220 — Paul Johanson (Mt. Edgecumbe) dec. Tristan Alexander (Metlakatla) 11-4
285 — Jaylin Prince (Mt. Edgecumbe) dec. Dakota Ekis (Yakutat) 9-4
Top six finishers
106 — 1) Darin Davis, Sitka; 2) Marcus Martin, Craig; 3) Quin Slayton, Thorne Bay; 4) Deirdre Creed, Mt. Edgecumbe; 5) Moses Jackson, Mt. Edgecumbe; 6) DJ Toyamura, Petersburg
112 — 1) Tanner Thain, Craig; 2) Melissa Fisher, Mt. Edgecumbe; 3) Kris Thornsteinson, Petersburg; 4) Extry Collins, Craig; 5) Robert Neilsen, Mt. Edgecumbe; 6) Trevor Creed, Mt. Edgecumbe
120 — 1) Willie Brand, Craig; 2) Jaymes Kelly, Mt. Edgecumbe; 3) Francis Charles, Hydaburg; 4) Tyler Burke, Petersburg; 5) Asia Prus, Petersburg; 6) Auna Springer, Mt. Edgecumbe
126 — 1) Jaren Sumauang, Sitka; 2) Tucker Thain, Craig; 3) Logan Turcott, Petersburg; 4) Kory Joe, Mt. Edgecumbe; 5) Corby Kasyulie, Mt. Edgecumbe; 6) Marie Friday, Mt. Edgecumbe
132 — 1) Will Patrick, Sitka; 2) Daniel Villasenor, Mt. Edgecumbe; 3) John Brooks, Petersburg; 4) Bret Martinsen, Petersburg; 5) Hunter Fitch, Craig; 6) Joseph Friday, Mt. Edgecumbe
138 — 1) Kurt Dingwall, Wrangell; 2) Kenny Thomasen, Haines; 3) John Davis, Sitka; 4) Caullen Taylor, Haines; 5) Luther Jensen, Thorne Bay; 6) Trevor Hafendorfer, Pelican
145 — 1) Tanner Thomassen, Wrangell; 2) Jake Licari, Sitka; 3) Joshua Kerstein, Haines; 4) Frank Hoogendorn, Mt. Edgecumbe; 5) Grant Akaran, Mt. Edgecumbe; 6) John Smith, Hoonah
152 — 1) Jimmy Thomsen, Haines; 2) Angelo Lerma, Kake; 3) Anthony Edenshaw, Hydaburg; 4) Jacob Taylor, Yakutat; 5) Danny Moore, Skagway; 6) Alex Slayton, Thorne Bay
160 — 1) Anthony Minnillo, Thorne Bay; 2) Quinton Hafendorfer, Pelican; 3) Nick Hughes, Hoonah; 4) Jeffrey Rooney, Wrangell; 5) Vance Gregory, Mt. Edgecumbe; 6) Chris Lerma, Kake
170 — 1) Michael Matthew, Mt. Edgecumbe; 2) Mitchell Boord, Sitka; 3) Devon Miller, Wrangell; 4) Carlton Hautala, Mt. Edgecumbe; 5) Cody Seaman, Petersburg; 6) Matt Atkinson, Metlakatla
182 — 1) Shyler Johnson, Mt. Edgecumbe; 2) Jay Balcom, Craig; 3) Chris Bean, Pelican; 4) Donald Edenshaw, Hydaburg; 5) Steven Barger, Wrangell; 6) David Sanders, Hoonah
195 — 1) Demetrius Milne, Metlakatla; 2) Gusty Akelkok, Mt. Edgecumbe; 3) Chris Journey, Mt. Edgecumbe; 4) Lorenzo Silva, Wrangell; 5) Jalen Vantrease, Kake; 6) Marcus Tuaau, Gustavus
220 — 1) Paul Johanson, Mt. Edgecumbe; 2) Tristan Alexander, Metlakatla; 3) Carl Phillips, Pelican; 4) Dalton Beattie, Yakutat; 5) Tommy Wilson, Yakutat; 6) Josh Stearns, Haines
285 — 1) Jaylin Prince, Mt. Edgecumbe; 2) Dakota Ekis, Yakutat; 3) Marty Vera, Metlakatla; 4) Daniel Kennedy, Klawock; 5) Dennis Dayton, Yakutat
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