Dillingham hosts 2019 Sockeye Regional Conference wrestling tournament

Dec 16, 2019

Seven schools from Bristol Bay traveled to Dillingham for the annual wrestling tournament. Each school will send athletes to the state championship in Anchorage on December 20. Congratulations to all Bristol Bay wrestlers! 

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Dillingham hosted the 2019 Sockeye Conference Regionals this weekend as eight schools in Bristol Bay took to the mat. For the second year in a row, Dillingham dominated the floor with 177 team points. New Stuyahok placed second with 77 points and Bristol Bay Borough in third with 70.5.

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In the girls team bracket, Dillingham posted 66 points, New Halen 44 and Bristol Bay Borough 10.

Sand Point boy's wrestlers finished in fourth with 50 team points. Freshman Nathaniel Krone was named regional champion of the 285lb weight class over sophomore teammate Ashton Gunderson. Both qualified for the state championship tournament this Saturday. Coach Rob Godatti lauded his team’s performance.

“My team did well, we’re a young team.” Godatti said. “We had a freshman who actually earned a championship today. We had four finishers and we have two guys going to state.”

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New Stuyahok sophomore Sonny Johnson, was regional champion of the 135lb class, winning over Dillingham’s Caleb Kapotak. Bristol Bay Borough finished in first place in three weight classes.  Freshman Pete Hill was the 140lb class regional champion, Senior Dawson Swain in  the 145lb class and sophomore Nathan Hansen in the 215lb weight class.

In the girl’s wrestling bracket, Newhalen freshman Michelle Gust defeated Dillingham sophomore Laci Andrew in the 145lb class. Dillingham senior Reagan Finkenbender was victorious over fellow Dillingham freshman Paris Johnson in the 145lb class.

Dillingham was named Wrestling Tournament Boys’ Team Champion and Top Academic Team. New 

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Stuyahok received the Small School Boy’s Champion award. The Newhalen girls team was awarded the Small School Girl's Champion award.

Sophomore Demetry Hoseth of Dillingham was named Outstanding Male Wrestler of the Tournament. Hoseth was regional champion of the 119lb weight class defeating sophomore teammate Noah Sage.

Freshman Kiley Clouse was named Outstanding Female Wrestler. Clouse was the regional champion of the 189lb weight class over Bristol Bay Borough sophomore Keyaana Anderson. She said a lot of preparation went into this week’s tournament.

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“Practice every day, working on moves, getting ready in the gym I guess and pushing myself.” Clouse said. "Overall I’m really happy. I’m glad I joined this year.”

Klouse, along with 15 Dillingham athletes are heading to state championships this weekend. Dillingham Coach Willie Savo is focused on getting them ready.

“I always tell the kids our goal isn’t to peak earlier on, it’s to peak at the state tournament.” Savo said. “I think we have a lot of kids wrestling the best they have all season. They have a lot of energy.”

The Alaska State Wrestling tournament starts December 20 through December 21. See results below.

STATE QUALIFIERS:

Koliganek

  • Troy Bright, 140, Senior

Southwestern City School District

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  • Craig Wonhola, 103, Sophomore
  • Gust Johnson, 103, Sophomore
  • Maximus Gust, 103, Freshman
  • Gusty Blunka Jr., 119, Sophomore
  • Mickia Walcott IV, 125, Sophomore
  • Sonny Johnson, 135, Sophomore
  • Terry Ayojiak, 215, Senior

Newhalen

  • Michelle Gust, 145, Freshman
  • Aileen Lester, 130, Freshman
  • Keisha Anelon, 125, Junior

King Cove

  • Elia Lind, 189, Senior
  • Zachary Kuzakin, 171, Senior
  • Memphis Mack, 152, Freshman

Sand Point

  • Nathaniel Krone, 285, Freshman
  • Ashton Gundersen, 285, Sophomore

Bristol Bay Borough

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  • Dawson Swain, 145, Senior
  • Pete Hill, 140, Freshman
  • Nathan Hansen, 215, Sophomore
  • Brennon Peters, 160, Sophomore
  • Keyaana Anderson, 189, Sophomore

Dillingham

  • Wyat Williams, 103, Sophomore
  • Darius Tilden, 112, Junior
  • Demetry Hoseth, 119, Sophomore
  • Noah Sage, 119, Sophomore
  • Zach Kolbe, 125, Sophomore
  • Oakley Brito, 130, Junior
  • Caleb Kapotak, 135, Junior
  • Braiden Sifsof, 145, Junior
  • Thomas Tinker, 152, Sophomore
  • Reece Bennis, 160, Sophomore
  • Colten Hink, 189, Junior
  • Jean Krause, 112, Senior
  • Reagen Finkenbender, 135, Senior
  • Paris Johnson, 135, Freshman
  • Laci Andrew, 145, Sophomore 
  • Kiely Clouse, 189, Freshman

Boys

103

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place - Wyatt Williams of Dillingham
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  • 2nd Place - Craig Wonhola of New Stuyahok
  • 3rd Place - Gust Johnson of New Stuyahok
  • 4th Place - Maximus Gust of New Stuyahok
  • 5th Place - Ethan Jenkins of Dillingham

1st Place Match

  • Wyatt Williams (Dillingham) 15-9, So. over Craig Wonhola (New Stuyahok) 11-4, So. (Fall 1:41)

2nd Place Match

  • Craig Wonhola (New Stuyahok) 11-4, So. over Gust Johnson (New Stuyahok) 7-8, So. (NC)

3rd Place Match

  • Gust Johnson (New Stuyahok) 7-8, So. over Maximus Gust (New Stuyahok) 10-8, Fr. (Fall 3:00)

5th Place Match

  • Ethan Jenkins (Dillingham) 0-16, Fr. over () , . (Bye)

112

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place - Darius Tilden of Dillingham

1st Place Match

  • Darius Tilden (Dillingham) 17-4, Jr. over () , . (Bye)

119

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place - Demetry Hoseth of Dillingham
  • 2nd Place - Noah Sage of Dillingham
  • 3rd Place - Gusty Blunka Jr. of New Stuyahok
  • 4th Place - Vincent Cobb of Newhalen

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  1st Place Match

  • Demetry Hoseth (Dillingham) 19-3, So. over Noah Sage (Dillingham) 11-11, So. (Fall 4:46)

2nd Place Match

  • Noah Sage (Dillingham) 11-11, So. over Gusty Blunka Jr. (New Stuyahok) 7-5, So. (NC)

3rd Place Match

  • Gusty Blunka Jr. (New Stuyahok) 7-5, So. over Vincent Cobb (Newhalen) 0-8, So. (Fall 1:54)

125

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place - Zach Kolbe of Dillingham
  • 2nd Place - Mickia Walcott IV of New Stuyahok
  • 3rd Place - Tristan Burgraff of Bristol Bay

1st Place Match

  • Zach Kolbe (Dillingham) 20-7, So. over Mickia Walcott IV (New Stuyahok) 6-9, So. (Fall 1:52)

2nd Place Match

  • Mickia Walcott IV (New Stuyahok) 6-9, So. over Tristan Burgraff (Bristol Bay) 0-12, So. (NC)

3rd Place Match

  • Tristan Burgraff (Bristol Bay) 0-12, So. over () , . (Bye)

130

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place - Oakley Brito of Dillingham

1st Place Match

  • Oakley Brito (Dillingham) 0-5, Jr. over () , . (Bye)

135

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place - Sonny Johnson of New Stuyahok
  • 2nd Place - Caleb Kapotak of Dillingham

1st Place Match

  • Sonny Johnson (New Stuyahok) 9-6, Jr. over Caleb Kapotak (Dillingham) 5-12, Jr. (MD 11-3)

140

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place - Pete Hill of Bristol Bay
  • 2nd Place - Troy Bright of Koliganek

1st Place Match

  • Pete Hill (Bristol Bay) 6-10, Fr. over Troy Bright (Koliganek) 2-11, . (Dec 8-4)
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145

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place - Dawson Swain of Bristol Bay
  • 2nd Place - Braden Sifsof of Dillingham
  • 3rd Place - Braydyn Brandall of King Cove

1st Place Match

  • Dawson Swain (Bristol Bay) 8-8, Sr. over Braden Sifsof (Dillingham) 8-8, Jr. (Dec 7-3)

2nd Place Match

  • Braden Sifsof (Dillingham) 8-8, Jr. over Braydyn Brandall (King Cove) 0-2, Jr. (NC)

3rd Place Match

  • Braydyn Brandall (King Cove) 0-2, Jr. over () , . (Bye)

152

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place - Thomas Tinker of Dillingham
  • 2nd Place - Memphis Mack of King Cove

1st Place Match

  • Thomas Tinker (Dillingham) 12-11, So. over Memphis Mack (King Cove) 1-2, Fr. (Fall 1:13)

160

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Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place - Reece Bennis of Dillingham
  • 2nd Place - Brennon Peters of Bristol Bay
  • 3rd Place - Craig Walcott of New Stuyahok

1st Place Match

  • Reece Bennis (Dillingham) 5-9, So. over Brennon Peters (Bristol Bay) 12-10, So. (MD 15-5)

2nd Place Match

  • Brennon Peters (Bristol Bay) 12-10, So. over Craig Walcott (New Stuyahok) 0-7, So. (Fall 0:32)

3rd Place Match

  • Craig Walcott (New Stuyahok) 0-7, So. over () , . (Bye)

171

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place - Zachary Kuzakin of King Cove

1st Place Match

  • Zachary Kuzakin (King Cove) 1-0, Sr. over () , . (Bye)

189

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place - Colten Hink of Dillingham
  • 2nd Place - Elia Lind of King Cove
  • 3rd Place - Boston March of Sand Point High School

1st Place Match

  • Colten Hink (Dillingham) 17-7, Jr. over Elia Lind (King Cove) 1-2, Sr. (Fall 1:12)
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2nd Place Match

  • Elia Lind (King Cove) 1-2, Sr. over Boston March (Sand Point High School) 4-3, Fr. (NC)

3rd Place Match

  • Boston March (Sand Point High School) 4-3, Fr. over () , . (Bye)

215

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place - Nathan Hansen of Bristol Bay
  • 2nd Place - Terry Ayojiak of Manokotak
  • 3rd Place - Joe Mark Miranda of Sand Point High School
  • 4th Place - Devin Roehl of Sand Point High School
  • 5th Place - Glen Babcock of King Cove

1st Place Match

  • Nathan Hansen (Bristol Bay) 8-8, So. over Terry Ayojiak (Manokotak) 4-4, Sr. (Fall 3:53)

2nd Place Match

  • Terry Ayojiak (Manokotak) 4-4, Sr. over Joe Mark Miranda (Sand Point High School) 5-5, . (Fall 1:43)

3rd Place Match

  • Joe Mark Miranda (Sand Point High School) 5-5, . over Devin Roehl (Sand Point High School) 4-5, . (Fall 1:45)

5th Place Match

  • Glen Babcock (King Cove) 0-2, Jr. over () , . (Bye)

285

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place - Nathaniel Krone of Sand Point High School
  • 2nd Place - Ashton Gundersen of Sand Point High School

1st Place Match

  • Nathaniel Krone (Sand Point High School) 2-5, over Ashton Gundersen (Sand Point High School) 3-4, . (Fall 2:22)

Girls

112

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place - Jean Krause of Dillingham

1st Place Match

  • Jean Krause (Dillingham) 17-6, Sr. over () , . (Bye)

125

Guaranteed Places

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  • 1st Place - Keisha Anelon of Newhalen

1st Place Match

  • Keisha Anelon (Newhalen) 0-6, Jr. over () , . (Bye)

130

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place - Aileen Lester of Newhalen

1st Place Match

  • Aileen Lester (Newhalen) 19-3, Fr. over () , . (Bye)

135

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place - Reagan Finkenbinder of Dillingham
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  • 2nd Place - Paris Johnson of Dillingham

1st Place Match

  • Reagan Finkenbinder (Dillingham) 5-6, Sr. over Paris Johnson (Dillingham) 3-7, Fr. (Fall 3:39)

145

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place - Michelle Gust of Newhalen
  • 2nd Place - Laci Andrew of Dillingham

1st Place Match

  • Michelle Gust (Newhalen) 1-2, Fr. over Laci Andrew (Dillingham) 1-7, So. (Fall 1:54)

189

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place - Kiley Clouse of Dillingham
  • 2nd Place - Keyaana Anderson of Bristol Bay

1st Place Match

  • Kiley Clouse (Dillingham) 13-2, Fr. over Keyaana Anderson (Bristol Bay) 3-7, So. (Fall 0:50)

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