Chugiak senior Garrett Morrison easily handled Kodiak's Charlie Johnson in the finals of the 182 pound weight class at the ASAA Alaska Class 4A State Wrestling Championships to earn his first state wrestling title on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Bartlett High.
"It feels great," Morrison said after defeating Johnson for the second time this season.
Chugiak sophomore wrestler Richard Burroughs, 16, won his first Cook Inlet Conference championship with a 7-6 win over Service’s Derek Zorea in the finals at 220 pounds on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Chugiak High. Burroughs is the son of Don and Lori Burroughs of Peters Creek.
Dimond's Marianne Kristiansen scored with 8:28 left in the third period to lift second-seeded Dimond-West to a 1-0 win over No. 3 Chugiak-Eagle River in the semifinals of the Cook Inlet Conference tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at Ben Boeke Arena.
Chugiak-Eagle River outshot Dimond-West 17-12 in the game, but couldn't break through against goalie Taylor Sebring.
Nicole Mrugala made 11 stops for Chugiak-Eagle River.
Chugiak outscored Lathrop 12-6 in overtime to earn a 60-54 victory over Lathrop in the opening round of the Dimond Lady Lynx Shootout on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at Dimond.
The Mustangs went 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the extra period.
Alistie Aguilar went 11-for-13 from the line to lead Chugiak. Aguilar finished with 17 points and seven assists for the Mustangs, who also got a game-high 20 points from Erinn Scotland, 12 points and eight boards from Jessica Tramp and a game-high 15 rebounds from Jessi McMullen.
Bartlett 68, Chugiak 53
Chugiak fell to 0-7 in the Cook Inlet Conference with a 68-53 loss to Bartlett on Jan. 31 at Chugiak.
Jal Rial had 11 points to lead Bartlett, which got scoring from 10 different players.
Marquis Spearman led all scorers with 12 points for Chugiak, which also got 11 from Skyler Fullmer, nine from Payton Fullmer and eight from Ryan Harris.
Dimond 69, Eagle River 44
Garrett Morrison and Dominic Taus are double trouble.
Chugiak’s Morrison and Eagle River’s Taus each earned their second consecutive Cook Inlet Conference wrestling titles on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Chugiak High. The two seniors were joined at the top of the podium by Chugiak sophomore Richard Burroughs, who claimed a narrow 8-7 finals win over Service’s Derek Zorea at 220 pounds for his first CIC title.
But there’s still plenty of work left ahead.
“It’s a pretty good feeling, but the state tournament’s all that matters,” Taus said.