Mt. Edgecumbe Wrestling Tournament

posted Oct 24, 2012, 9:28 AM by Mark Nance
Photo Credit to James Poulson.
Sentinel Staff Writer
     Three Mt. Edgecumbe High wrestlers and two Sitka High wrestlers came away with first-place finishes this past weekend at the Mt. Edgecumbe tournament.
    Ten teams from around Southeast took part in the tourney in the Braves’ home arena.
    Moses Jackson, Michael Matthew and Gusty Akelkok of Mt. Edgecumbe came out on top in their divisions. Jackson won the 98-106 pounds weight class over fellow Brave Deirdre Creed.
    “Deirdre had a great weekend,” Mike Kimber, head coach of the Braves, said. “She’s been very disciplined this season to stay at her weight class and in her training.”
   Matthew edged out Sitka High’s Elliott Anderson for first in the 182-195 division of the double elimination tournament. Sitka coach William Patrick said  Matthew and Anderson should be a fun match to watch all season long and that Anderson has looked good after an injury last season.
    “Elliott Anderson really stood out to me. He is looking really awesome coming back from his injury,” Patrick said.
    Kimber said he was especially impressed by the Anderson-Matthew match-up because of the weight difference between the two.
    “Michael is giving up nearly 20 pounds to Elliott Anderson right now so that makes for a pretty tough matchup early in the season,” Kimber said.
    Akelkok won the 220-285 pound weight division over Metlakatla’s Tristan Alexander. Chatham Conner and Lucky Miguel finished third and fourth, respectively.
    “Gusty (Akelkok) is wrestling bigger, stronger guys and when you do that you have to wrestle mistake free,” Kimber said.
    Darin Davis of Sitka won the 113- pound weight class over Mt. Edgecumbe’s Trevor Creed. Davis is one of the best-conditioned Wolves at this point of the season having competed in cross country in the fall, said Patrick.
    “Darin Davis looked great. He’s in good shape having come in from running cross country and he’s off to a really good start this season,” Patrick said.
    Mitchell Boord was Sitka’s other top finisher. Patrick said  it’s hard to tell that Boord took a week off at the beginning of the season to rest up after football.
    “Mitchell has looked great once again. He sat out the first week to heal up from football but he looks dominant once again and he’ll certainly be up there at the end of the season,” Patrick said.
    Both Kimber and Patrick said Wrangell is the likely team to beat in Southeast this year. Wrangell won two weight classes
this weekend and finished in the top two of five different divisions. Wrangell,  Thorne Bay, Skagway, Petersburg, Craig, Metlakatla, Hoonah and Pelican joined Sitka and Mt. Edgecumbe at the tournament.
    Next week Sitka and Edgecumbe will head to the ACS tournament in Anchorage, which Patrick said will be a better test of where the wrestlers stand in the state.

    “ACS will set the pace for the state,” Patrick said. “It’s a big tournament with lots of top wrestlers and it will give us an opportunity to measure ourselves against some of the best in the state.”
    Patrick and Kimber are in the process of adjusting their team to peak at the end of the season.
    “It’s early in the season,” Patrick said, “but with that being said, it’s a short season.”
    Kimber is especially pressed because Mt. Edgecumbe practices are limited to an hour and 15 minutes.
    “Our philosophy for practice has to be a little bit different because of our time constraints,” Kimber said. “We wrestle for our conditioning because we don’t have time to break it up.”
    Kimber said the weekend was great for both schools because by working with Sitka High they could have a bigger tournament.
Mt. Edgecumbe Tournament Results:

98-106 Weight Class
1) Moses Jackson, MEHS
2) Deirdre Creed, MEHS
3) Daryl Toyomura, Petersburg
4) Seth Packer, Craig
5) Alphonus Pete, MEHS

113 Weight Class
1) Darin Davis, Sitka
2) Trevor Creed, MEHS
3) Noah Castle, Craig
4) Amy Jenson, Thorne Bay
5) Brandon Barger, Sitka
6) Luke Leinberger, MEHS
7) Miranda Johnson, MEHS

120 Weight Class
1) Extry Collins, Craig
2) Alex Cano, Wrangell
3) Ronald Miller, MEHS
4) Asia Prus, Wrangell
5) Patrick Nick, MEHS
6) Fredrick Coolidge,MEHS
7) Auna Springer, MEHS

126 Weight Class
1) Tanner Thain, Craig
2) Kris Thorsteinson, Petersburg
3) Tell Tripple, Thorne Bay
4) Quinn Slayton Thorne Bay
5) Sam Sheakley, Wrangell
6) Douglas Palacios, MEHS
7) Justin Ferris, MEHS

132 Varsity Weight Class
1) Willie Brand, Craig
2) Wayatt Patten, Craig
3) John Brooks, Petersburg
4) Bret Martinsen, Petersburg
5) David Olin, MEHS
6) Tommy Togiak, MEHS

132 Junior Varsity Weight Class
1) Trevor Cox, Skagway
2) Marcus Redfox, MEHS
3) Joshua Young, Sitka
4) Aubrey Gosuk, MEHS
5) Brittnay Orrison-Woods, MEHS
6) Caitlyn Kelly, MEHS

138 Varsity Weight Class
1) Kurt Dingwall, Wrangell
2) Jaren Sumauang, Sitka
3) Jason Young, MEHS
4) Fitch Hunter, Craig
5) Andrew Mathisen, Petersburg

138 Junior Varsity Weight Class
1) Jayden Heaton, Hydaburg
2) Michael Unger, Sitka
3) Felisha Orsborn, MEHS
4) Teresa Long, MEHS
5) Perez Tunguing, MEHS

145 Varsity Weight Class
1) Tanner Thomassen, Wrangell
2) John Davis, Sitka
3) William Ware, Petersburg
4) Kenneth Jackson, MEHS
5) Christopher Pleasant, MEHS
6) Theodore Benson, Metlaktla
7) Jacob Marshall, Wrangell

145 Junior Varsity Weight Class
1) William Peele, Hydaburg
2) Cobin Latimer, Craig
3) Jonte Valentine, Sitka
4) Andrew Nicolai, MEHS
5) Nicholas Patrick, Sitka
6) Herbert Lockuk, MEHS
7) Cody Hutton, Sitka

152 Weight Class
1) Luther Jenson, Thorne Bay
2) Vance Gregory, MEHS
3) Torsten Skalestand, Hoonah
4) Mason Cook, MEHS
5) Oscar Villasenor, MEHS
6) Austin Stevens, Wrangell
7) Jared Olin-Duncan, MEHS

160 A Bracket Weight Class
1) Nick Hughes, Hoonah
2) Quinton Hafendorfer, Pelican
3) Jordan Veelle, Wrangell
4) Tru Tripple, Thorne Bay
5) Tesafaye Hermann, MEHS
6) Corbin McGinty, MEHS

160 B Bracket Weight Class
1) Anthony Minnillo, Thorne Bay
2) Tristen Winter, Wrangell
3) Shawaan Jackson-Gamble, MEHS
4) Jaren Johnson, Sitka
5) Devon Miller, Wrangell
6) Nicholi Nicholas-Hall, MEHS

170 Weight Class
1) Mitchell Boord, Sitka
2) Jeffery Rooney, Wrangell
3) Tony Phillips, Hydaburg
4) Johnny Botello, Thorne Bay

182/195 Weight Class
1) Michael Matthew, MEHS
2) Elliott Anderson, Sitka
3) Chris Journey, MEHS
4) Casey Menadelook, MEHS
5) Luke Gunderson, Wrangell

220/285 Weight Class
1) Gusty Akelkok, MEHS
2) Tristan Alexander, Metlakatla
3) Chatham Conner, Sitka
4) Lucky Miguel, Sitka