By CRAIG GIAMMONA
Courtesy Daily Sitka Sentinel
Mt. Edgecumbe senior Jaylin Prince won the 220-pound weight class at a tournament in Wrangell Oct. 17 and remained undefeated for the 2011 season.
Prince, a two-time defending state champion from Kotlik, faced teammate Paul Johanson, a freshman from Hoonah, in the finals. Johanson has lost twice in 2011 and both defeats came to Prince, who MEHS coach Mike Kimber said is an ideal practice partner for the promising freshman. Johanson beat Metlakatla’s Demetrius Milne during the tournament in Wrangell. Milne was third in the state at 189 pounds last year.
Official team scores were not kept at the Wrangell tournament, but MEHS coach Mike Kimber had the Braves in first place, followed by Craig and Sitka High.
“The team did really well,” Kimber said. “We have the kind of team this year that is a better tournament team than a dual team.”
After Prince and Johanson, the Braves had two other wrestlers make the finals: Gusty Akelkok (195) and Kory Joe (126). Michael Matthew (170), Daniel Villasenor (132), Melissa Fisher (120), Corby Kasayulie (126) and Kendrick Hautala (152) each finished third for the Braves, while Gregory Vance (160), Mary Garfield (106) and Frank Hoogendorn (145) were each fourth for MEHS. Kimber also noted that Adam Merculieff, a rookie, got his first win at 182 pounds.
The Braves were scheduled to wrestle Sitka High in a dual Oct. 20 before heading north to Haines for a tournament Oct. 22.