By Craig Giammona
Courtesy Daily Sitka Sentinel
Four Mt. Edgecumbe wrestlers won their weight-class brackets at a recent Southeast tournament in Metlakatla. The Rogers brothers continued their tough wrestling for the Braves, with Jesse winning at 125 and Matt taking the crown at 152.
Teams scores were not kept at the tournament, but MEHS coach Mike Kimber said the Braves scored plenty of points, and would have finished in a tight bunch with Sitka High and Craig. MEHS, Craig and Sitka appear to be the top three 3A teams in Southeast this season.
Jesse Rogers beat Sitka's Will Patrick in a tough final match. The bout was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, with Rogers scoring a decisive takedown in overtime to win 3-1.
Matt Rogers beat MEHS teammate Carl Crockett in the 152-pound final. Matt's win at 152 came a night after he bumped up to 160 and beat Craig's Dylan Castle. Castle was second in the state last year at 152.
The other wins for Mt. Edgecumbe came at 145 and 285. Zach Ivanoff, in his first matches of the season, beat Sitka High's Mitchell Boord in the 145-pound final. The match was tied 1-1 with six seconds left in the third period when Ivanoff scored for a 3-1 win.
And Jaylin Prince, the defending state champion, continued to take care of business for MEHS. The junior from Kotlik won the heavyweight division with a win in the finals over Jacob Craig from Petersburg. Prince walks around at about 215 pounds and Kimber said it's not clear where he'll end up competing later this season. Prince wrestled at 215 most of last year, then bumped up to heavyweight late in the season and won a state title. Prince became the sixth wrestler in the history of Mt. Edgecumbe High School to win a state championship.