Chugiak’s Niebles wins 189-pound title to lead locals at CIC wrestling tourney
Daniel Niebles didn’t mess around during Saturday’s Cook Inlet Conference Wrestling Tournament.
The Chugiak junior pinned all three of his opponents en route to a CIC title at 189 pounds, finishing the tournament in style with a third-round flattening of South’s Dorian Mellon.
Chugiak finished fifth in the team standings and Eagle River was sixth. The Mustangs qualified eight wrestlers to the state tournament, while the Wolves will send seven (or eight if a spot opens for alternate Kameron Potter at 103 pounds).
Eagle River junior Andrew Hamilton was the only other local wrestler to make the finals, losing by fall to West’s Kelton Mock in their title match at 215 pounds. Avery White finished third at 103 pounds for the Wolves, who got a fourth-place finish from Michael Caywood at 215. Also qualifying for state for the Wolves were Josh Lewandowski (5th place, 119 pounds), Jordan Delacruz (5th, 125), James Salter (6th, 152) and Jaron Alf (6th, 160).
Three Chugiak wrestlers finished fourth, including Tony Inguagiato at 112 pounds, Cameron Peck at 135 and Tomas Niebles at 140. Also qualifying for state were Chugiak’s Tysen Trevino (5th, 160), Tristan Petrykievicz (5th, 130), Calvin Daugherty (6th, 152) and Daniel Brooks (6th, 152).
In the girls tournament, Eagle River’s Ashley Andrews and Bradyn Boswell joined Chugiak’s Gia Unterberger as CIC champions in a very small field of girls.
Andrews defeated Dimond’s Eva Sherman-Dawe to win the 112 bracket, while Boswell beat South’s Victoriah Haakenson to take the 135 pound title. Unterberger was the lone wrestler in the 103 weight class. Eagle River’s Alyssa Andrews finished second at 119 pounds, as did the Wolves’ Kyla Trout at 125 and Evelyn Montero at 130. Chugiak’s Nicole Lewis also earned a runner-up finish at 145 pounds. All five girls qualified for state, which will be held Dec. 14-15 at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.
The Cook Inlet Conference wrestling tournament was held Saturday, Dec. 8. Check back for results.