Wrestlers from Akiachak, Aniak, Bethel, Napaskiak, Pilot Station, Scammon Bay and Quinhagak are all going to state. That’s 28 competitors in all headed to Nikiski this weekend.
Bethel Regional High School led the way with 19 qualifiers, Aniak had three qualifiers, Quinhagak and Scammon Bay had two qualifiers apiece, and Akiachak, Napaskiak and Pilot Station all had one wrestler qualify.
Wrestlers had to place in the top four positions in their weight class to earn a state berth.
Bethel Regional High School has won the past two state wrestling championships.
BRHS Coach Darren Lieb said last year was a close competition and says he expects the same this year.
“There’s a lot of tough teams out there: Kotzebue, Valdez, Dillingham. Then you throw in all those smaller schools like New Stuyahok, they have a lot of tough wrestlers. The parity is going to be pretty good this coming weekend,” Lieb said.
The state wrestling tournament is this Friday and Saturday in Nikisi.
YK Delta wrestlers who qualified are as follows:
- 98 lb weight class: Tecumseh Hensley of BRHS, Matt DeBilt of Quinhagak and Shane Unin of Scammon Bay.
- 106 lb weight class: Gage Hoffman of BRHS.
- 113 lb weight class: Sam Charlie of BRHS, Haley O’Brien BRHS and Fabin Akerelrea of Scammon Bay.
- 120 lb weight class: Avery Chiklak of BRHS, Carlie McIntyre of BRHS and Jeremy Roberts of Quinhagak.
- 126 lb weight class: Josh Mendenhall of BRHS and Jerome Williams of Napaskiak.
- 132 lb weight class: Avery Coplin of BRHS.
- 138 lb weight class: John Oulton BRHS.
- 145 lb weight class: Christof Swope of BRHS and Mason Alexie of BRHS.
- 152 lb weight class: Brayton Lieb of BRHS and Andy Brueckner of Aniak.
- 160 lb weight class: Trevor Chavez of BRHS.
- 170 lb weight class: Patrick Fransisco of BRHS and Florencia Berrera of BRHS.
- 182 lb weight class: Josh Russel of Aniak and Dominick Ekamrak of Akiachak.
- 195 lb weight class: Scott Carpenter of BRHS.
- 220 lb weight class: Austin Sjong of Aniak and Daylen Westdahl of BRHS.
- 285 lb weight class: JBruce Crow of BRHS and Johnny Beans of Pilot Station.