Fog-delayed state wrestling tournament finally starts

Posted: Sunday, February 09, 2003

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Delayed by fog for one day, the Class 4A state wrestling tournament finally get started Saturday.

Teams had been scattered from Anchorage to Seattle as fog kept several planes from being able to land in Ketchikan in time for Friday's scheduled start of the meet.

Under a revised schedule, wrestling began at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ketchikan High School's Clark Cochrane Gymnasium with the first of four rounds scheduled for the day. Four more rounds are scheduled for Sunday, with the championship finals set for 7:30 p.m.

''There's a lot of relief, for sure,'' Ketchikan coach Rick Collins said.

The West Valley Wolfpack sent the most wrestlers into Sunday's championship finals as seven out of West Valley's eight semifinalists advanced. Other teams with more than one finalist were Ketchikan and Soldotna with three apiece, while Wasilla, Juneau-Douglas, Skyview, Chugiak and Lathrop had two each.

The seven finalists gave West Valley a commanding lead in the team scores with 147.5 points. Skyview is in second place with 89 points, followed by Lathrop with 86, Soldotna with 85, Wasilla with 81.5 and Ketchikan with 75 points for sixth place.

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