Dillingham wrestlers persevere at state championships, winning 2A top honors

Dec 24, 2019

The wolverines wrestled hard on Saturday at the state championships in Anchorage. The girls' team won 10th overall and first out of the 2A schools, and the boys won fifth place overall and second out of the 2A schools.

Credit Courtesy of the Dillingham Wolverine Wrestling team

 

The Dillingham wrestling teams fought hard to place at the ASAA Wrestling State Championship on Saturday in Anchorage. Of the 16 Dillingham wrestlers who qualified for state, eight of them placed near the top of their weight class.

The Dillingham girls' team won 10th place overall with 51 points, and first place out of the 2A schools. The girls team also won the academic award with a GPA of 3.66. The boys placed 5th overall with 111 points, and second out of the 2A schools. Bethel High School placed first. 

"I thought we had a good showing at the state tournament!" said Coach William Savo in an email. "I think it's human nature to always feel that we could have or should have performed better but overall I am happy with our performance and the grit and pride our kids competed with. We took a couple of tough losses in the quarters and semis that the kids bounced back from and fought back for third." 

Two Dillingham wrestlers placed second in their weight class: junior Darius Tilden and freshman Kiley Clouse.

Tilden beat Sitka's Colten Ewers in the semi-finals for the 112-pound boys weight class to advance to the final match. 

"Tilden and Ewers were tied up with under 20 seconds left and Darius powered through a double leg to get the winning takedown," Savo explained.  

Clouse also placed second in the girls' 189-pound bracket. 

"Kiley finished the season 16-3 and has been one of the most consistent wrestlers on our team," said Savo. "She has made the finals in every tournament we've entered this season. She breezed to the finals [in the state championship], picking up three pins to qualify her for the finals match against a familiar foe in Homer's Rayana Vigil." 

All three of Clouse's losses this season, Savo added, were to Vigil.

 

The Dillingham girls team won the Academic Award with a GPA of 3.66.
Credit William Savo

Four other athletes fought back from losses to place third, in what Savo called defining moments for the team. Here’s his rundown:

Wyatt WIlliams lost in the 103-pound quaterfinals, but came back with four straight wins to place third. Demetry Hoseth, 119 pounds, lost in the semi-finals and bounced back with two wins to claim third. Zach Kolbe, 125 pounds, lost in triple overtme to the eventual state champion Jordan Korth of Glenallen in the semi-finals. Zach came through with two pins to seal a 3rd place finish. And Colten Hink, 189 pounds, lost in the semis to eventual champion Kalugin of Homer. Savo said that Hink fought through a series of tough matches to get third; he started the third period down by 6-1. 

"Colten never gave up, securing an escape and a couple of takedowns to make the score 8-6 with under 30 seconds left," Savo said. "He was able to get a match-tying takedown with about 18 seconds left. We had a re-start with three seconds remaining, Colten got to a double-leg attack and was able to secure a match winning takedown as the time expired."

 Complete results:

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Wyatt Williams (20-10) placed 3rd and scored 20.0 team points.

·       Champ. Round 1 - Wyatt Williams (Dillingham) 20-10 won by fall over Earnie Smith (Hooper Bay) 1-6 (Fall 0:24)

·       Quarterfinal - Merrick Nilsen (Petersburg) 18-12 won by fall over Wyatt Williams (Dillingham) 20-10 (Fall 3:56)

·       Cons. Round 2 - Wyatt Williams (Dillingham) 20-10 won by fall over Zack Rodman (Kenai Central High School) 6-6 (Fall 2:00)

·       Cons. Round 3 - Wyatt Williams (Dillingham) 20-10 won by fall over Gust Johnson (New Stuyahok) 9-10 (Fall 1:18)

·       Cons. Semi - Wyatt Williams (Dillingham) 20-10 won by decision over PAYTON METCALF (Reddington) 24-16 (Dec 11-5)

·       3rd Place Match - Wyatt Williams (Dillingham) 20-10 won in tie breaker - 1 over JUSTIN DICK (Reddington) 22-18 (TB-1 6-4)

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Darius Tilden (20-5) placed 2nd and scored 20.0 team points.

·       Champ. Round 1 - Darius Tilden (Dillingham) 20-5 won by major decision over Devonte Sallison (Nunapitchuk) 5-3 (MD 11-1)

·       Quarterfinal - Darius Tilden (Dillingham) 20-5 won by major decision over Owen Whicker (Kenai Central High School) 23-11 (MD 8-0)

·       Semifinal - Darius Tilden (Dillingham) 20-5 won by decision over Colton Ewers (Sitka) 29-5 (Dec 3-1)

·       1st Place Match - Landon Smith (Bethel High School) 36-0 won by fall over Darius Tilden (Dillingham) 20-5 (Fall 1:42)

119

Demetry Hoseth (23-4) placed 3rd and scored 19.5 team points.

·       Champ. Round 1 - Demetry Hoseth (Dillingham) 23-4 won by tech fall over Caden Sallison (Nunapitchuk) 6-5 (TF-1.5 4:17 (15-0))

·       Quarterfinal - Demetry Hoseth (Dillingham) 23-4 won by fall over Gusty Blunka Jr. (New Stuyahok) 8-7 (Fall 1:13)

·       Semifinal - Jonah Comstock (Wrangell) 20-8 won by decision over Demetry Hoseth (Dillingham) 23-4 (Dec 8-5)

·       Cons. Semi - Demetry Hoseth (Dillingham) 23-4 won by fall over Stephen Maxie (Napaskiak) 19-13 (Fall 3:58)

·       3rd Place Match - Demetry Hoseth (Dillingham) 23-4 won by decision over Austin Cline (Homer) 20-8 (Dec 8-4)

119

Noah Sage (13-13) place is unknown and scored 4.0 team points.

·       Champ. Round 1 - Tyson Olsen (Mt. Edgecumbe) 17-8 won by fall over Noah Sage (Dillingham) 13-13 (Fall 1:36)

·       Cons. Round 1 - Noah Sage (Dillingham) 13-13 won by fall over Logan Ritchie (Wrangell) 5-10 (Fall 2:41)

·       Cons. Round 2 - Noah Sage (Dillingham) 13-13 won by decision over Rey Perez (Kenai Central High School) 13-16 (Dec 6-3)

·       Cons. Round 3 - Austin Cline (Homer) 20-8 won by decision over Noah Sage (Dillingham) 13-13 (Dec 9-2)

125

Zach Kolbe (24-8) placed 3rd and scored 22.0 team points.

·       Champ. Round 1 - Zach Kolbe (Dillingham) 24-8 won by fall over Mickia Walcott IV (New Stuyahok) 6-11 (Fall 0:27)

·       Quarterfinal - Zach Kolbe (Dillingham) 24-8 won by fall over NICK CLARK (Reddington) 12-17 (Fall 1:03)

·       Semifinal - Jordan Korth (Glennallen) 36-5 won in tie breaker - 1 over Zach Kolbe (Dillingham) 24-8 (TB-1 2-1)

·       Cons. Semi - Zach Kolbe (Dillingham) 24-8 won by fall over Ajey Moses (Mt. Edgecumbe) 16-15 (Fall 1:00)

·       3rd Place Match - Zach Kolbe (Dillingham) 24-8 won by fall over Russell Nyvall (Homer) 15-10 (Fall 1:33)

130

Oakley Brito (0-7) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points.

·       Champ. Round 1 - Llloydy Ayojiak (Mt. Edgecumbe) 25-10 won by fall over Oakley Brito (Dillingham) 0-7 (Fall 0:17)

·       Cons. Round 1 - Alvin Werneke (Kotzebue) 2-3 won by fall over Oakley Brito (Dillingham) 0-7 (Fall 0:37)

135

Caleb Kapotak (5-14) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points.

·       Champ. Round 1 - Afony Reutov (Homer) 21-13 won by fall over Caleb Kapotak (Dillingham) 5-14 (Fall 1:00)

·       Cons. Round 1 - Caelin Kingeekuk (Savoonga) 9-6 won by fall over Caleb Kapotak (Dillingham) 5-14 (Fall 0:22)

145

Braden Sifsof (8-10) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points.

·       Champ. Round 1 - DEVON WILLIAMS (Reddington) 14-18 won by decision over Braden Sifsof (Dillingham) 8-10 (Dec 12-8)

·       Cons. Round 1 - Braden Sifsof (Dillingham) 8-10 received a bye () (Bye)

·       Cons. Round 2 - Dawson Swain (Bristol Bay) 10-10 won by fall over Braden Sifsof (Dillingham) 8-10 (Fall 1:45)

152

Thomas Tinker (13-13) place is unknown and scored 3.0 team points.

·       Champ. Round 1 - Austin Cramer (Glennallen) 30-11 won by fall over Thomas Tinker (Dillingham) 13-13 (Fall 3:31)

·       Cons. Round 1 - Thomas Tinker (Dillingham) 13-13 won by fall over Memphis Mack (King Cove) 1-4 (Fall 1:41)

·       Cons. Round 2 - Dylan Harris (Grace Christian) 22-17 won by fall over Thomas Tinker (Dillingham) 13-13 (Fall 0:45)

160

Reece Bennis (6-11) place is unknown and scored 3.0 team points.

·       Champ. Round 1 - Luke Wegand (Craig) 26-7 won by fall over Reece Bennis (Dillingham) 6-11 (Fall 1:01)

·       Cons. Round 1 - Reece Bennis (Dillingham) 6-11 won by fall over Brennon Peters (Bristol Bay) 12-12 (Fall 2:57)

·       Cons. Round 2 - Simon Grenier (Nikiski) 21-11 won by fall over Reece Bennis (Dillingham) 6-11 (Fall 3:50)

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Colten Hink (21-8) placed 3rd and scored 19.5 team points.

·       Champ. Round 1 - Colten Hink (Dillingham) 21-8 won by tech fall over Benjamin Kaui (Barrow) 7-9 (TF-1.5 5:00 (18-3))

·       Quarterfinal - Colten Hink (Dillingham) 21-8 won by fall over Sakkan Adams (Kivalina High School) 4-9 (Fall 1:03)

·       Semifinal - Anthony Kalugin (Homer) 28-4 won by fall over Colten Hink (Dillingham) 21-8 (Fall 1:01)

·       Cons. Semi - Colten Hink (Dillingham) 21-8 won by decision over Kevin Valadez (Bethel High School) 8-6 (Dec 10-9)

·       3rd Place Match - Colten Hink (Dillingham) 21-8 won by fall over John Welsh (Sitka) 14-4 (Fall 3:53)

ASAA/FNBA Girls State Championships Results for Dillingham

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Jean Krause (20-9) placed 6th and scored 11.0 team points.

·       Champ. Round 1 - Jean Krause (Dillingham) 20-9 won by fall over Jillian Afcan (Mt. Edgecumbe) 14-5 (Fall 0:35)

·       Quarterfinal - Trinity Pendergrass (Palmer) 23-8 won by decision over Jean Krause (Dillingham) 20-9 (Dec 13-6)

·       Cons. Round 2 - Jean Krause (Dillingham) 20-9 won by decision over Maggie Keffalos (South Anchorage) 14-15 (Dec 6-1)

·       Cons. Round 3 - Jean Krause (Dillingham) 20-9 won by fall over Dellarae Charlie (Bethel High School) 13-6 (Fall 2:28)

·       Cons. Semi - Natallie Tobuk (Nome) 17-8 won by major decision over Jean Krause (Dillingham) 20-9 (MD 8-0)

·       5th Place Match - Carson Adams (West Anchorage) 15-8 won by decision over Jean Krause (Dillingham) 20-9 (Dec 14-7)

135

Paris Johnson (4-9) place is unknown and scored 1.0 team points.

·       Champ. Round 1 - Mischelle Wells (Homer) 14-11 won by fall over Paris Johnson (Dillingham) 4-9 (Fall 2:00)

·       Cons. Round 1 - Paris Johnson (Dillingham) 4-9 won by decision over Victoriah Haakenson (South Anchorage) 3-13 (Dec 9-4)

·       Cons. Round 2 - Reagan Finkenbinder (Dillingham) 9-8 won by fall over Paris Johnson (Dillingham) 4-9 (Fall 1:38)

135

Reagan Finkenbinder (9-8) placed 5th and scored 15.0 team points.

·       Champ. Round 1 - Reagan Finkenbinder (Dillingham) 9-8 won by decision over NICOLE LEWIS (Chugiak) 16-12 (Dec 9-4)

·       Quarterfinal - Rachel Kaganek (Scammon Bay) 5-7 won by fall over Reagan Finkenbinder (Dillingham) 9-8 (Fall 2:31)

·       Cons. Round 2 - Reagan Finkenbinder (Dillingham) 9-8 won by fall over Paris Johnson (Dillingham) 4-9 (Fall 1:38)

·       Cons. Round 3 - Reagan Finkenbinder (Dillingham) 9-8 won by fall over Easter Foster (Kotzebue) 5-6 (Fall 1:53)

·       Cons. Semi - Lindsey Beans-Polk (Bethel High School) 20-4 won by fall over Reagan Finkenbinder (Dillingham) 9-8 (Fall 2:02)

·       5th Place Match - Reagan Finkenbinder (Dillingham) 9-8 won by forfeit over Rachel Kaganek (Scammon Bay) 5-7 (For.)

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Laci Andrew (1-9) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points.

·       Champ. Round 1 - Haley Lynch (Metlakatla) 11-11 won by fall over Laci Andrew (Dillingham) 1-9 (Fall 1:36)

·       Cons. Round 1 - Laci Andrew (Dillingham) 1-9 received a bye () (Bye)

·       Cons. Round 2 - Kaylee Simon (Scammon Bay) 4-6 won by fall over Laci Andrew (Dillingham) 1-9 (Fall 0:43)

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Kiley Clouse (16-3) placed 2nd and scored 24.0 team points.

·       Champ. Round 1 - Kiley Clouse (Dillingham) 16-3 won by fall over Manu Booshu (Gambell) 0-4 (Fall 1:36)

·       Quarterfinal - Kiley Clouse (Dillingham) 16-3 won by fall over Jaideen Agbayani (Palmer) 3-6 (Fall 0:58)

·       Semifinal - Kiley Clouse (Dillingham) 16-3 won by fall over Lexi Ivanoff (Unalakleet) 7-5 (Fall 2:49)

·       1st Place Match - Rayana Vigil (Homer) 16-0 won by fall over Kiley Clouse (Dillingham) 16-3 (Fall 3:22)

Contact the author at isabelle@kdlg.org or 907-842-2200.