Kenai wrestlers take 4th at West Classic

Kenai Central captured fourth place at the West Anchorage Christmas Classic on Saturday on the strength of four first-place match appearances.

Freshman Paul Steffensen grabbed another victory for himself by topping South’s Andrew Concepcion in a 12-2 major decision in the 126-pound division final.

The Kardinals accumulated 180 points, good enough for fourth place behind champion Wasilla (255 points), West (251) and Colony (222).

In the other three final matches that featured a Kenai wrestler, Shawn Burdick lost to Joshua Fetko of Service in a 16-2 major decision at 132 pounds, Aaron Troxell-Tom lost to Colony’s Dawson Nash in a 4-2 decision at 138 pounds, and Dylan Carter was pinned by Tyler Thammavongsa of Service 4 minutes, 51 seconds, in the 160-pound final.

In the 182-pound third-place match, Kyle Hunter edged Chugiak’s Jesse Nelson in a 7-6 decision, Tyler Brown pinned East’s Keandre Mosquete with 18 seconds remaining in the second round of the 195-pound fifth-place match, and Zach Koziczkowski won an 8-2 decision over Lui Fa’amasino of West in the 220-pound third-place match.

In the 120-pound fifth-place match, Takahiro Kishimoto of Kodiak pinned Soldotna’s Atom Skiba with 19 seconds left in the second round.

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