Wolves 4th at West as prep wrestling season gets underway

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 11:12
  • Eaglre River’s Gabriel Wisdom battles Palmer’s Braeden McCullough during their match at 135 pounds at the West Anchorage Classic wrestling tournament on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 at West High. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Chugiak’s Bronson Bohn wrestles East’s Latu Mauigoa during the West Classic wrestling tournament on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 at West High. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Eagle River’s Elijah Blaum, right, battles Palmer’s Lu Momoe during their match at 285 pounds at the West Classic wrestling tournament on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 at West High. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Wrestlers warm-up during the West Classic wrestling tournament on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 at West High. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

The 2019-20 high school wrestling season is now underway after the opening tournament of the season.

Eagle River took fourth place at the West Anchorage Classic Friday and Saturday at West High in Anchorage.

The Wolves fell to East 48-26 in the third-place match Saturday. Eagle River opened the tournament with a 63-6 win over Palmer before losing 63-15 in the semifinals to eventual tournament champion Colony.

James Salter went 3-0 for the Wolves at 160 pounds, winning two matches by fall and knocking off East’s Julio Paulino 4-3 in the third-place dual. Wolves 125-pounder Ben Ambrose was also undefeated, going 3-0 with a pin, technical fall and forfeit.

Chugiak finished sixth at the tournament, losing its fourth-place match at the 11-team dual meet tournament 40-28 at the hands of the host Eagles. The Mustangs defeated Dimond 40-18 and fell to Colony 72-9 on Friday.

Chugiak senior 215-pounder Daniel Niebles went undefeated for the Mustangs, pinning his opponents from Dimond, Colony and Palmer and winning a 10-0 major decision over West’s Kelton Mock.

The event also included bracket-style tournaments for girls and junior varsity. In the girls tourney, Eagle River’s Ashley Andrews stormed through the 112-pound bracket, winning all four of her matches by fall to claim the title.

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