Petersburg declared King of the Mountain in Seward

Posted: Sunday, October 27, 2002

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.

Championship matches

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

Consolation Finals

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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