By Craig Giammona
Courtesy Daily Sitka Sentinel
Two members of the Mt. Edgecumbe Braves wrestling team won individual titles at the Anchorage Christian School tournament.
The Nov. 13 event, which drew 39 3A wrestling teams to Alaska's largest city, is considered a preview of the state tournament.
Matt Rogers won at 152 pounds, beating former Dillingham teammate Reed Tennyson 9-4 in the championship. Tennyson is a two-time state champion. Jaylin Prince knocked off regional rival Jacob Craig 6-5 in the 285-pound final to give the Braves another title.
Mt. Edgecumbe totaled 104.5 points and ended up in eighth place, third among Southeast teams. Craig finished third with 154 points and Sitka was fifith with 117. Bethel cruised to the team title with 238.5 points on the scoreboard.
Zach Ivanoff's helped the Braves' tally with a third-place finish at 145 pounds. Ivanoff fell in the semifinals to the eventual champion, Trevour Chavez of Bethel.
In total, MEHS coach Mike Kimber took eight wrestlers to the tournament and each won at least one match. Kimber said James Williams was solid at 171, and Gusty Akelkok competed at that weight as well. Carl Crockett was competitive at 160 pounds and was one match shy of placing, Kimber said.
If the results are any indication, Craig, Sitka High and Mt. Edgecumbe will be very close at the Region V tournament, Dec. 3-4 on Prince of Wales.