Steffensen wins at North-South duals

Kenai Central freshman Paul Steffensen once again came away the victor against South Anchorage’s Gavin Alvarado, doing it in Saturday’s North-South meet at Wasilla High School.

 

Steffensen edged Alvarado — last year’s Outstanding Wrestler at the Alaska state tournament — in a 2-0 decision in the 126-pound championship bout. Two weeks earlier, Steffensen beat Alvarado 5-0 at the Lancer Smith tournament at Palmer.

The Kardinals took 10th place in the team standings on Saturday with 48 points, while Soldotna finished 14th with eight points.

Kenai’s Matt Vandermartin also had an exceptional tournament, pinning South’s Andrew Concepcion in 26 seconds in the third-place bout of the 126-pound division.

Brennan Girard of East High took Outstanding Wrestler honors on Saturday.

Championship matches

98 — Bryce Adams, Col, pinned Scott Harris, Dim, 5:20; 106 — Soren Simpson, Col, maj. dec. Jack Divelbiss, Dim, 13-0; 113 — Brennan Girard, Eas, dec. Greg Shack, Sou, 9-2; 120 — Jejomar Briones, Wes, dec. Matt Glover, Sou, 1-0; 126 — Paul Steffensen, Ken, dec. Gavin Alvarado, Sou, 2-0; 132 — Mason Cochran, Pal, dec. Rami Pellumbi, Sou, 3-1; 138 — Kraig Hammond, Sou, pinned Gavin Arnold, ERi, 3:30; 145 — Anthony Sierra, Eas, dec. Nick Ottum, Sou, 8-4; 152 — Nate McKimson, Was, maj. dec. Kamber Lucas, Col, 16-7; 160 — Tyler Thammavongso, Ser, pinned Jarod Ruffing, Col, 5:25; 170 — Xavier Horton, ERi, dec. DJ Morrow, Was, 12-6; 182 — Riley Fredrickson, Col, dec. Abraham Falegoatai, Wes, 3-2; 195 — Caleb Deemer, Pal, dec. Keahi Queja, Eas, 5-2; 220 — Quace Wright, Was, dec. Ben Button, Pal, 5-2; 285 — Mitchell Daigle, Col, pinned Keanu King, Eas, 1:39.

Third-place matches

98 — Val Shuman, Wes, pinned Andrew Hampton, Dim, 2:45; 106 — Quest Lema, Ser, pinned Zx Dio Abobon, Bar, 3:44; 113 — Slava Hoffman, Ser, dec. Chace Booth, Col, 8-6; 120 — Logan Albrecht, Was, dec. Bryan McKimson, Was, 7-4; 126 — Matt Vandermartin, Ken, pinned Andrew Concepcion, Sou, :26; 132 — Dff; 138 — Mathan Pempek, Pal, dec. Aaron Troxell-Tom, Ken, 8-3; 145 — Dff; 152 — Robert Huffer, Chu, inj. Wade Booth, Col, :55; 160 — Gabe McSharry, Sou, dec. Blake Marks, Was, 5-3; 170 — Emetrius McLeod, Ser, sudden victory Logan Conway, Col, 5-4; 182 — Zane Fejes, Sou, dec. Zachariah Doan, Col, 7-3; 195 — Billy Schultz, Was, maj. dec. Toren Cheely, Chu, 15-4; 220 — Zech Rockstad, Was, pinned Elisha Wright, Sou, 4:27; 285 — Dff.

Fifth-place matches

98 pounds — Kyler Chamberlain, Col pinned Odin Anderson, P 2:03; 106 — double bye; 113 — Weston Martin, South pinned Berit Sturgeon, W 1:47; 120 — double forfeit; 126 — Justin Gentz, W dec. Riley Stewman, South 8-2; 132 — double forfeit; 138 — Dawson Nash, Col pinned Trevor Cole, East 4:10; 145 — double forfeit; 152 — Joshua Noe, South maj. dec. Mario Herrera, Ser 12-4; 160 — Dylan Carter, K dec. Christophe Ray, Col 7-5; 170 — Graydon Powell, P dec. Cablin Wilson, W 9-2; 182 — Andrew Gold, East dec. Jesse Nelson, Chug 3-2; 195 — Josiah Walker, D inj Anthony Braudis, Bar; 220 — Matt Keogh, South pinned Jerry Yandall, East 4:05; 285 — Wyatt Bruso, Bar inj. Javin Smith, East.

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