Michaela becomes first girl in U.S. to win prep title; Eli is only wrestler to finish perfect in Alaska

Historic Hutchisons

Posted: Sunday, February 05, 2006


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  Skyview High School¿s Eli Hutchison pressures South Anchorage's Matt Blakeslee in the 135-pound bracket for the Alaska state championship title at Chugiak High School Saturday. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Skyview High School's Michaela Hutchisons hand is raised in victory Saturday night as she becomes the first girl to win a state championship wrestling competition in the United States during the State 4A Wrestling Championships at Chugiak High School.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Michaela Hutchison, Skyview, 1. Aaron Boss, Colony, 0.

With Boss clinging to her, Hutchison used every ounce of strength she could muster to rise to her feet in the final 15 seconds of her championship match at 103 pounds, and with the single point she scored for her escape, became the first female wrestler in the country to win a state individual title at the State 4A Wrestling Championships Saturday at Chugiak High School.

And while the standing-room only crowd, estimated at 1,800, might have disagreed, Hutchison said hers wasn’t even the greatest accomplishment of the night — that belonged to older brother Eli, who finished his career undefeated in Alaska by winning his match at 135 pounds to claim his fourth state title.


Michael Hutchison cheers his daughter during her championship match Saturday night.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

How do you follow that act? Skyview’s Clark Buffington managed to, winning in double-overtime to claim his first state title, scoring an escape for a 2-1 win at 145 pounds.

And not to be overlooked, Homer’s Simeon Daigle won his championship match at 125 pounds to claim a state title for the Mariners.

Michaela Hutchison and Boss were scoreless after two periods of wrestling, and the third period started the way the other two went, with neither wrestler able to claim the advantage.


Skyview High School's Michaela Hutchison wrestles Colony's Aaron Boss in the 103-pound bracket.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Hutchison managed to get her feet under her with about 30 seconds left in the match, and slowly worked herself to a standing position, finally breaking free of Boss with about 15 seconds to go — much to the delight of the crowd, which responded with a thunderous standing applause.

“I’m excited to get a title this season. I’ve been waiting for this for a while,” Hutchison said.

Hutchison said she still thinks of herself as just another wrestler, even with a state title.


Skyview High Schools Eli Hutchison pressures South Anchorage's Matt Blakeslee in the 135-pound bracket for the Alaska state championship title at Chugiak High School Saturday.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

“I think (her accomplishment) will hit her, but she always just comes to the (mat) room, just like another one of the guys,” said Skyview coach Neldon Gardner, adding that older sister Melina laid the groundwork for being a successful female wrestler at Skyview. “She’s a wrestler.”

Eli Hutchison, who added his second title at 135 pounds to go with state titles at 112 and 119 pounds, scored 10 points in the third period for a 14-4 major decision over South Anchorage’s Matt Blakeslee.


Skyview High School's Eli Hutchison, center, receives a congratulatory hug from his brother Zeb after winning the title in the 135-pound bracket at Chugiak High School. Hutchison wrestled his entire high school career undefeated in Alaska.

Photos by M. Scott Moon

Hutchison became the fourth Alaskan to win four state titles, joining Chugiak’s Gary Steeby, West Valley’s Matt Mattson and Wasilla’s Jed Wade. West Valley’s David Wiese became the fifth four-time winner later in the evening with his victory at 152 pounds. Hutchison is the only one of that group never to lose in Alaska, however.

“There’s so many ups and downs, and sickness, and no matter who you are, there’s going to be owies here and there, sore backs and sore necks,” Gardner said. “To never lose a match in a high school career is pretty spectacular.”

Eli said he was nervous before the match, but no more so than any other match.

“I’m nervous before all my matches. You can’t underestimate anybody,” he said.

Hutchison said he was thrilled to win a championship and glad the season was over, though he said he’d miss being with the team and his coaches.

Sandwiched between the Hutchisons was Homer’s Daigle, who beat Kodiak’s Steven Gauna 7-4 at 125 pounds.

“I’m exhausted, but it’s a good exhaustion,” Daigle said.

Daigle said he was proud to be bringing a medal back to Homer, and said he’s already got a spot picked out for it on his bedroom wall.

“It’s been a dream growing up — my dad (Pat Daigle) was the wrestling coach at Homer for years,” Daigle said.

Buffington was tied at 1 with Wasilla’s Trevor Pempek heading into overtime as each scored an escape point in regulation. With wrestlers starting in the neutral position for the first overtime, neither was able to gain an advantage, but Buffington felt confident heading into the second overtime period, choosing to start in the down position.

“No one’s held me down, and since it was my choice, I knew I was going to get away,” Buffington said.

Indeed, Buffington immediately spun away from Pempek to secure the win. The Skyview senior said it was very satisfying to finish his career with a state crown.

“It’s the first time I’ve taken state. It’s always evaded me in the past,” Buffington said.

In the consolation finals, Kenai’s Mitchell Canavan wrestled to a fifth-place finish at 275 pounds, pinning West Valley’s Gavin Lorens in 1:03 into the second period.

For Skyview, Eddie Buffington forfeited his fifth-place match at 160 pounds after dropping a grueling, double-overtime match in the consolation semifinals. Teammate Josh Carlon finished sixth at 189 pounds as his rally in the final minute against Chugiak’s Rory McBryde fell just short. McBride took a 6-5 decision.

“I didn’t want to settle for sixth. I was going for fifth. It’s awesome,” Kenai’s Canavan said.

Canavan said the tournament was a great experience, and he got a good of idea of what it takes to be successful at state for next season.

“You’ve got to stay in good position and go for shots whenever you can,” Canavan said. “That’s pretty much it.”

Carlon led 2-1 early in his match but surrendered five points in the third period on a reversal and near-fall. He came back with an escape and takedown, but Carlon was not able to get McBryde on his back for any more points in the closing seconds.

“There were a lot of tough kids,” a drained Carlon said following the match. “I feel like I could’ve done better, but I placed in the top six at state.”

Alaska School Activities Association/First National Bank Alaska State 4A Wrestling Championships

Friday and Saturday at Chugiak High School

Team standings — 1. Wasilla, 241.5; 2. South Anchorage, 177.5; 3. Chugiak, 116.5; 4. West Valley, 91.5; 5. Skyview, 90.5; Kodiak, 90.5; 7. Colony, 89; 8. Sitka, 87.5; 9. Latrhop, 77.5; 10. West, 75.5; 11. Juneau, 57; 12. North Pole, 38; 13. Bartlett, 32; 14. Homer, 26.5; 15. East, 23; 16. Service, 22; 17. Palmer, 19; 18. Kenai, 15; 19. Eagle River, 10; 20. Dimond, 8.5; 21. Ketchikan, 1; Soldotna, 1.

Championship matches

103 — Michaela Hutchison, Sky, d. Aaron Boss, Col, 1-0

112 — Alan Bartelli, Was, d. Jimmy Eggemeyer, Kod, 3-2

119 — Sam Miller, Was, d. Dante Santos, JD, 5-0

125 — Simeon Daigle, Hom, d. Steven Gauna, Kod, 7-4

130 — Hollan Gravely, Col, m.d. Ted Nelvis, Wes, 15-5

135 — Eli Hutchison, Sky, m.d. Matt Blakeslee, SA, 14-4

140 — Max Rosefigura, Wes, d. Duane Carpenter, Was, 15-8

145 — Clark Buffington, Sky, d. Trevor Pempek, Was, 2-1, 2OT

152 — Davis Wiese, WV, m.d. Mike Trudeau, Was, 14-5

160 — Jeremy Fulk, WV, d. Dylan Bergman, Sit, 6-3

171 — Cayle Byers, Chu, d. Dustin Baxter, WV, 7-4

189 — Scott Lucas, SA, f. Jake Wade, Was, 4:21

215 — Mike Petrovich, SA, d. Jess Hessock, Bar, 2-1, 2OT

275 — Steven McDonald, Wes, d. Tyler Holmlund, Sit, 7-5, OT

Third-place matches

103 — Kyle Foote, JD, d. Michael Abt, Sit, 5-3

112 — Buddy Howard, JD, d. Joshua West, Col, 6-5

119 — Bobby Hicks, Lat, d. Wesley Mills, Pal, 5-3

125 — Lucas Fried, Kod, d. Danny Lyles, Was, 4-3

130 — Ceasar Barrera, Was, d. Nicholas Perkins, Was, 4-2

135 — Patrick Cooley, Was, f. Dan Tol, Chu, 4:34

140 — Sam Carlson, Chu, d. Brian Hunsicker, SA, 3-1

145 — Quincy Voris, Chu, m.d. Chad Custer, Col, 9-0

152 — Mike Hunsicker, SA, d. Nolan McBryde, Chu, 7-6

160 — Brad Jorgensen, Chu, d. Chuck Carpenter, Was, 5-2

171 — Karl Coulombe, SA, d. Chris Pannone, Chu, 2-1

189 — Andrew Wilson, Eas, d. Jake LaDuke, Sit, 3-0

215 — Max Collins, NP, d. Nathan Graetz, Lat, 4-3

275 — Jaryd Anderson, SA, d. Donald Morris, WV, 8-3

Fifth-place matches

103 — Ross Edelen, SA, d. Kyle Wilson, Col, 9-5

112 — Anthony Ricketts, Ser, m.d. Ryan Hogan, Was, 13-1

119 — Zachary Beauchamp, Col, d. Chris Brewster, SA, 9-6

125 — Michael Chafin, Was, d. Luke Roberts, WV, 3-2

130 — Kyle Demientieff, LAT, f. Steve Jutlia, NP, 2:58

135 — Eric Motoya, NP, d. Lucas Chambers, Sit, 7-6

140 — Trever Ferrin, Eas, d. Marlon Branson, Kod, 4-3

145 — Levi Fox, Was, d. Ty Wagner, Sit, 3-2

152 — Randy Houck, Bar, d. Jared Sundberg, Kod, 2-1

160 — Jessy Amos, SA, by forfeit, Eddie Buffington, Sky

171 — Kent Osborn, Lat, f. Jeris Lewis, Lat, 2:05

189 — Rory McBryde, Chu, d. Josh Carlon, Sky, 6-5

215 — Ben Watkins, Kod, by forfeit, Justin Zellweger, Wes

275 — Mitchell Canavan, Ken, f. Gavin Lorens, WV, 1:59.

Sportsmanship award — Juneau-Douglas

GPA Award — Kenai Central

Most Outstanding Wrestler — Scott Lucas, South Anchorage

Coach of the Year — Shawn Hayes

Assistant Coach of the Year — Nick Dougherty

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