WRESTLERS FINISH 3RD AT INVITATIONAL
The VHS wrestlers travelled to Chugiak over the weekend for the Bob Bailey Invitational. This was the first opportunity this season for 3A and 4A wrestlers to compete. There were a total of 13 teams that participated in the two day event. The other teams were from ACS, Wasilla, South, Service, Chugach, Nome, East, Eagle River, Cordova, Bartlett, Grace and Diamond. Valdez secured a 3rd place team finish. Wrestlers Davy Towne(120), Austin Rake(145), and Isaac Deaton(152) were undefeated and placed 1st. Brandon Hursh(160) had 2nd place finish. Valdez travelled with a team of 9 members. The wrestlers were Dave Towne(120), Cody Greene(120), Darren Allen(126), Tyler Ponghongtingo(132), Nicolas Devens(132), Chase Smith(138), Austin Rake(145), Isaac Deaton(152) and Brandon Hursh(160).
Highlights of individual wrestling matches were as follows Darren Allen(126) over K. Daniel of Eagle River by pin 3:54, Nicolas Devens had 2 wins - maj 14-2 over K. Daniels of Eagle River and a dec 4-3 over G. Smith of Nome. Chase Smith(138) won by TF 18-2 against J. Gologergen of Nome.
Final matches: Towne(120) won by dec 6-0 over W. Gilroy of ACS, Austin Rake(145) by dec 4-1 over N. McKimson of Wasilla, Isaac Deaton(152) by dec 6-4 over B. Serna of Wasilla, and Brandon Hursh(160) to R. Skieens of Wasilla by pin 2:46.
The wrestlers will be on the road again this weekend in Palmer at the Lancer Smith Memorial.