Sterling's Dallas Seavey dominated the 130-pound, Greco-Roman style bracket at the U.S.A. Wrestling Western Region Junior National Championships over the weekend, scoring a 14-4 technical fall over Vance Beeson of Eagle, Idaho, in the finals to claim the region title.
Seavey, a junior at Skyview High School, was one of two Skyview wrestlers to compete at the regional meet. He was joined in Las Vegas by teammate Eli Hutchison, who scored a technical fall over Jason Adams of Coon Rapids, Minn., to take third place in the Greco-Roman 125-pound weight class.
Hutchison, who is home-schooled and wrestles for Skyview, nearly brought home a title of his own in the freestyle class, dropping a tight 4-2 decision to Chesapeake, Va., wrestler Jordan Frishkorn in the finals a finish good enough for second place.
A solid showing at the regional tournament comes as little surprise, considering the seasons Seavey and Hutchison have put together this year. Both placed third in their respective weight classes in December at the Reno Tournament of Champions, which bills itself at the toughest tournament in the nation.
The duo followed that performance up with dominant high school seasons, as both claimed championships at the Alaska state 4A tournament in February. The state win was Hutchison's second in two years of high school competition, while Seavey won his first title.
In addition to winning state, Hutchison also this year set an Alaska single-season record for most takedowns in one season.
Also in Las Vegas, Homer's Tela O'Donnell competed in the Women's National Championships, earning a second-place finish in the 55-kg weight class.
O'Donnell, who wrestles for the Dave Schultz Wrestling Club of Colorado Springs, Colo., entered as the tournament's No. 2-seeded wrestler. She surrendered just one point in the tournament before going up against No. 1 seed Tina George in the finals.
Against George, O'Donnell was unable to recover from an early three-point takedown, losing a close 4-2 decision.
The loss dealt a blow to O'Donnell's Olympic hopes, but she still has a shot at making the team. By placing second, she secured a spot at next month's U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Indianapolis. There, she'll have to advance through the qualifying field for another shot at George, who earned a spot in the qualifying finals with her win Saturday.
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