Warriors cruise to Great Alaska wrestling championship
Maybe the only people happier than the Bethel Regional High School Warriors on Saturday evening following the conclusion of the Great Alaska Wrestling Conference Wrestling Championships was the airlines.
They are going to need a lot of seats heading to Anchorage this weekend when the Class 1-2-3A State Wrestling Championships gets under way. A whole lot.
Bethel won eight weight divisions and rolled up a staggering 358.5 points and cruised to the Great Alaska Conference wrestling title with ease. The Warriors’ final point total was almost 100 more than second-place finishing Dillingham, and over 230 more than third-place New Stuyahok.
And sweeter still - Coach Darren Lieb of BRHS was honored with the Conference Coach of the Year Award.
Evan Dyment gave Bethel its first gold-medal performance of the meet by winning the 106 pound division with a 3-0 record.
After drawing a bye in the first round, Dyment posted a pair of easy wins over teammate Sam Charlie and Unalaska’s Ranier Charlie to earn a spot in the finals against Dillingham’s Kenny Savo.
Dyment claimed the 106-pound crown at the 1:41 mark.
Marjus Kuqo, Brayton Lieb and Trevour Chavez also posted impressive outings.
Kuqo rolled through the 145-pound championship with ease, going 3-0.
The top-seeded wrestler in the division, Kujo earned a bye in the first round. In the second round, he notched a quick win over New Stuyahok’s Nicholas Petla. From there, he defeated New Stuyahok’s Joshua Gumlickpuk before advancing to face Newhalen’s Tyler Anelon in the finals.
Kuqo netted a 12-1 major victory in the 145-pound championship match. Kuqo was also named the Outstanding Wrestler Award in the 145-285 weight range.
Bethel’s Brandon Oulton was third in the 145-pound ranks. He went 5-1 in the tournament. In 3rd was Dillingham’s Jeremy Olson.
Lieb was without equal in the 152-pound bracket, including a thrilling 4-2 win over teammate Corbin LePore in the championship round. LePore finished with a 3-1 record. In 3rd was Clayton Rolf of Dillingham and 4th was Quinhagak’s Charlie Roberts. Hooper Bay’s Harold Hoelscher came in 6th place.
Chavez turned in a stellar effort in the 160-pound division. After opening the tournament with a win over Dillingham’s Vernon Luckhurst, he bested Unalaska’s Dylan Magnusen in the semifinals.
In the championship round, he notched a dominating 8-0 win over rival Sonny Flensburg of Dillingham. Coming in 5th was Chevak’s Gyddon Tuluk, and in 6th was Aniak’s Josh Russell.
Martin Oulton and Luan Dema also picked up Great Alaska conference titles. Oulton won the 170-pound bracket with a 16-11 win over Newhalen’s Richard Weedman. Hooper Bay’s Jaimin Carl came in 4th, and in 5th was Kalskag’s Joey Davis.
Dema edged out teammate Patrick Francisco by a 7-0 margin in the finals of the 182-pound division. Coming in third was Akiachak’s Dominick Ekamrak, in 5th was Blake Johnson of Dillingham.
Keanu King and Timothy Robb gave the Warriors bragging rights in the heavyweight divisions. King won the 220-pound division with a win over Dillingham’s Justin Braswell.
Robb claimed the conference title in the 285-pound division with an 8-4 victory over Aniak’s Jonathan Wilson.
Bethel’s JBruce Crow was fourth in the 220-pound standings, while teammate Daylen Westdahl was fourth in the 285-pound division.
Josh Mendenhall and Carlie McIntyre just missed in adding to the Warriors’ gold collection. Both finished second in their respective divisions.
Mendenhall, 2-1 overall, suffered a narrow 5-2 loss to Dillingham’s Shawn Gardiner in the championship match of the 113-pound bracket. In 3rd place was Chevak’s Jo Bukowski. Bethel’s Avery Chiklak was 4th.
McIntyre finished second to New Stuyahok’s Joseph Kohler in the 120-pound classification. Napaskiak’s Jerome Williams came in 4th behind 3rd place Cole Schlagel of Dillingham. Steven Andrew was fifth in the 120-pound bracket.
Carl Jimmie of BRHS was third in the 126-pound division behind 1st place winner Jared Miller of Dillingham and New Stuyahok’s Nolan Christopher in 2nd.
Dillingham’s Cade Schlagel bested teammate Dennis Wilson in the championship round in the 138 bracket. Christof Swope of Bethel was 3rd followed by teammate John Oulton in 4th.
Chevak’s Aaron Ulroan was impressive in the 132 weight division winning the championship round against Newhalen’s Matthew Anelon. Chevak’s Nathaniel Friday and Sam Boyscout came in 3rd and 4th, respectively. Aniak’s Andy Brueckner came in 6th.
In the 195 weight division Breydon Chavez came in 4th at 2-2. Stefan Greene of Pilot Station came in 5th.
The Class 1-2-3A State Wrestling Championships will be held on Dec. 9-10 at Nikiski High School. Top 4 wrestlers in each weight class will earn a berth at the State Championships at Nikiski High School, December 9-10, 2011.
2011 1-2-3A Great Alaska Conference Championships
TEAM STANDINGS – 1. Bethel 358.5, 2. Dillingham 263, 3. New Stuyahok 122.5, 4. Unalaska 108.5, 5. Newhalen 65, 6. Chevak 64.5, 7. Aniak 27, 8. Hooper Bay 25, 9. Akiachak 24, 10. King Cove 17, 11. (tie) Quinhagak and Togiak 15, 13. Napaskiak 13, 14. Scammon Bay 9, 15. Emmonak 7, 16. Pilot Station 6, 17. Kalskag 5, 18. Sand Point 3.