The wrestling tournament at the Kenai Recreation Center has been one of the most sportsmen-like competitions Dave Carey has ever seen.
“I have been a wrestling coach for 30 years, and this is the first time I have seen absolutely no act of bad sportsmanship,” said Carey, wrestling sports chairperson.
The teams completed competitions Tuesday and each wrestler has wrestled everyone in his or her weight class at least once. Individual competitions began Wednesday.
“The wrestlers are friendly with each other, when just two days ago they were winning or losing to each other,” said Carey.
Since only wrestlers and basketball players are being housed at Sears Elementary School, Fort Yukon team members and other wrestlers are able to concentrate more on wrestling, said Yukon Coach Don Marrin.
“There is great sportsmanship between the teams. They are getting closer each day. With all of the wrestlers together there are less distractions,” said Marrin.
The Yukon team is without much experience and came to the Games to improve. Most of the Yukon wrestlers have never been in this caliber competition, and are learning a great deal by watching others, said Marrin.
“They are seeing a lot of the moves being executed for the first time. There’s not a lot of wrestling in the Yukon. The guys are getting better each time they wrestle,” said Marrin.
“The sportsmanship is awesome. I like helping my team. I lost my voice from cheering so much,” said Lynn Emiktowt of Team Nunavut.
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