Flooding didn't deter most of the state's top 1-2-3A wrestling teams from attending the King of the Mountain tournament in Seward Friday and Saturday.
In fact, the only teams unable to make the event were from the southern Kenai Peninsula, where this week's flooding washed out portions of the Sterling Highway, preventing Seldovia and about half the Ninilchik team from making the trip.
"It was a pretty good mix," said Seward coach Ronn Hemstock. "Some of the schools there are going to be vying for a state title, so it was quite a stiff competition. Those guys are all looking at being in the hunt, and it was a pretty good mix."
Petersburg was first in the team standings, edging out Anchorage Christian Schools, Valdez and Kotzebue, all squads looking to take home some hardware when the state championship rolls around in December.
Seward wrestled to a seventh-place finish, led by Zach Coots' second-place finish at 103 pounds.
Seward also notched a pair of third places as Erick Amberg (130) and Doug Jones (215) each won by pin in the consolation finals.
"Quite a few youngsters just learning the sport did well, too," Hemstock said.
Ninilchik also had a pair of placewinners in Steven Miller, who took second at 135, and Levi Russell, who won his 160-pound consolation final match by decision.
2002 King of the Mountain
Friday and Saturday at Seward
Team standings -- 1. Petersburg, 198.5; 2. Anchorage Christian Schools, 139.50; 3. Valdez, 115.50; 4. Kotzebue, 114.0; 5. Eielson, 107.50; 6. Grace Christian, 99.50; 7. Seward, 70.5; 8. Houston, 68.0; 9. Glennallen, 64.50; 10. Tok, 57.0; 11. Ninilchik, 45.0; 12. Bristol Bay, 35.0; 13. Wrangell, 33.0; 14. Delta, 23.0.
103 -- Gerado Aria, ACS, p. Zach Coots, Sew
112 -- Jacob Masog, ACS, maj. dec. Landon Shuster, Kot
119 -- Judah Allen, ACS, maj. dec. Drake Lyons, Pet
125 -- Jeremy Banner, Val, maj. dec. Matt Higgins, Eie
130 -- Alex McMahon, Gle, dec. Richie Deaver, Pet
135 -- Harry Churchill, Wra, dec. Steven Miller, Nin
140 -- Jake Oyler, Pet, tech. fall Kenji Badger, Eie
145 -- Gage Graika, Val, maj. dec. Kris Gee, Tok
152 -- Bjorn Olson, Tok, dec. Corky Jones, Gra
160 -- Jimmy Smith, Pet, dec. David Johansen, Val
171 -- Kyle Harden, Pet, dec. Dave Norton, Kot
189 -- Robert Mack, Gra, dec. Jake Amberson, Pet
215 -- Bobby Dunbar, ACS, tech. fall Zack Doyle, Val
275 -- Geoff Hall, Pet, dec. Josh Homan, ACS
103 -- Kalla Peacock, Kot, p. Alenna Nilson, Pet
112 -- Kenny Balfe, Gra, dec. Mallory Smyth, Hou
119 -- Ryan Edmunds, Gra, dec. Zach Pischnotte, Eie
125 -- Kyle LaFromboise, Gle, p. Josh Garrison, Wra
130 -- Erick Amberg, Sew, p. Cody Dunbar, ACS
135 -- Cody Redford, Hou, dec. Travis Smith, Hou
140 -- James Geffe, Gle, dec. Erik Edenshaw, Kot
145 -- Alex Westlake, Kot, p. Cyle Webb, ACS
152 -- Vic Jenny, Pet, maj. dec. Zack Kline, BB
160 -- Levi Russell, Nin, dec. Tran Smyth, Hou
171 -- Curtis Fellman, Del, p. Dennis Dawson, Val
189 -- Jamie Hurlburt, Eie, p. Almond Shields, Kot
215 -- Doug Jones, Sew, p. Clinton Banhof, Hou
275 -- Jeremy Raby, Eie, p. Riel Anderson, BB
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