Story Courtesy of Val Hiebert * Pictures Carole Towne
Valdez HS wrestlers were in Palmer for Lancer Smith Duals and Invitational this weekend. This is considered a premier event among the high school wrestling community due to the large number of wrestlers in attendance and also the reward of an elite jacket for first place finishers. There were 37 teams represented in the two day event. Palmer, the host, secured a 1st place team finish with 159.5 points. Valdez was the top 1-2-3A team with a total of 128 points for 6th place. Valdez also had 3 wrestlers with top placements. The wrestlers were 1st place Austin Rake(145) and Isaac Deaton(152), 2nd place was Davy Towne(120) and 3rd place Adam Downing(138).
The Thursday night duals pitted Valdez against two 4A schools, Palmer and West Valley. A breakdown of the duals are as follows. Dual 1 had Valdez(27) and West Valley(39). Individual matches were Trevor Norris(113) over D. Agnew by pin 3:18, Davy Towne(120) over unattached by forfeit, Nicolas Devens(132) over D. Sommer by dec 7-6, Chase Smith(138) to J. Fricilone by dec 5-8, Austin Rake(145) over W. Owen by pin 3:31, Isaac Deaton(152) over E. Blackweasle by pin 3:34, Colbin Hansen(160) to O. Rogers by dec 10-15, Brandon Hursh(170) to V. Fricilone by dec 3-7. Dual 2 pitted Valdez against Palmer for a final of Palmer(37) and Valdez (21). Individual matches Davy Towne(120) over J. Gentz by dec 6-5, Cody Greene(126) to A. Molesky by pin 1:07, Darren Allen(132) to D. Smith by pin 1:34, Chase Smith(138) to E. Fouch by pin 5:54, Christian DeLay(145) won by pin 1:22 over A. Puckett, Colbin Hansen(152) to K. Sparkman by dec 1-7, Isaac Deaton over Luke Heun by dec 8-2, Brandon Hursh(170) to M. Sweinehart by pin 4:00. Austin Rake & Christian DeLay also backfilled for Glenallen during two duals. Austin Rake(145) won against K. Lucas(Colony) by pin 5:39 and Christian DeLay(145) won by pin against A. Puckett(Palmer) by pin 3:04.
The invitiational matches are as follows for each wrestler. Trevor Norris(113) match 1 won by dec 6-4 over T. Annoglyuk(Seward), match 2 to B. Abbott(Wasilla) by pin 3:08, match 3 won against T. Mockta(Service) by dec 8-4, match 4 won by dec 5-1 over S. Charlie(Bethel), and match 5 to L. Erickson(Nome) by pin 4:24. Cole Phillips(113) match 1 to M. Glover(South) by dec 9-15, match 2 won by FF against G. Kalugin(Voz), match 3 to S. Lindsoe(Service) by dec 7-8. Davy Towne(120) match 1 won against A. Concepcion(South) by dec 8-2, match 2 won by bin over J. Gilder(Nome) by pin 5:03, match 3 won by maj 14-0 over G. Bond(Grace), match 4 won by dec 3-2 over M. Cochran(Palmer) and match 5 to L. Fried(Kodiak) dec 4-6 for 2nd place. Cody Green(126) match 1 to L. Fried(Kodiak) by pin 3:43, match 2 won by maj 13-1 against H. Russell(Aniak), match 3 won by dec 9-2 against J. Roberts(Quinhagak), and match 4 to N. Carstens(Nikiski) by dec 3-6. Nicolas Devens(132) match 1 won by pin 5:26 against M. Xiong(East), match 2 to S. Carpenter(Wasilla) by pin 0:39, match 3 won by dec 5-3 over E. Villasenor(Diamond), match 4 won by dec 7-2 over A. Zamudio(Cordova), match 5 to M. Anelon(New Halen) by pin 1:57. Darren Allen(132) match 1 to H. Foster(Kodiak) by pin 1:31 and match 2 to G. Eakin(Kotzebue) by pin 2:35. Chase Smith(138) match 1 won by pin 3:15 over M. O'Leary(Seward, match 2 won by pin 0:21 over J. Jones(ACS), match 3 to K. Hammond(South) by pin 1:10, match 4 to G. Wollman(North Pole) by pin 2:15. Adam Downing(138) match 1 won by pin 5:55 against T. Cole(East), match 2 won by pin 1:33 against S. Fackler(Seward), match 3 won by pin 3:21 over X. Hannah(Diamond), match 4 to S. Adams(Colony) by dec 3-5, match 5 won by pin 4:22 against K. Gonzalez(Kodiak) and match 6 for 3rd place won by pin 0:22 over C. Bendixen(Wasilla). Austin Rake(145) match 1 won by pin 2:59 over J. Gilbert(West Valley), match 2 won by dec 7-6 over N. McKimson(Wasilla), match 3 won by pin 2:57 over R. Radmer(Houston), match 4 won by dec 2-0 over B. Serna(Wasilla), and match 5 for 1st place won by dec 5-0 over S. Zimmerman(Lathrop). Christian DeLay(145) match 1 to M Stangel(Nikiski) by dec 5-9 and match 2 to B. Blumentritt(Skyview) by dec 3-6. Isaac Deaton(152) match 1 won by pin 2:41 against E. McCleod(Service) by pin 2:41, match 2 won by pin 5:29 against R. Nash(Colony), match 3 won by pin 5:25 against J. Erickson(Nome), match 4 won by dec 8-3 over J. Dickinson(Lathrop), and match 5 for 1st place won by dec 7-2 against J. Brown(Nikiski). Colbin Hansen(152) match 1 to J. Vo(East) by pin 3:07 and match 2 to A. Brueckner(Aniak) by TF 0-15. Brandon Hursh(160) match 1 won by pin 0:46 over O. Hoogendom(Nome), match 2 to T. Chavez(Bethel) by dec 2-7, match 3 won by dec 8-3 over F. Navarro(Skyview), match 4 won by dec 4-1 over J. Roetman(Kotezebue), match 5 to L. Huen(Palmer) by dec 4-11, and match 6 to V. Fricilone(West Valley) by dec 2-4.
The wrestlers will have an open weekend for Thanksgiving. They will then travel to Eielson for the Denali Regional Conference tournament. This tournament will seat wrestlers for the state tournament in Nikiski. The Denali Region is allotted 2 wrestlers per weight class at the state meet. The regional meet will have a wrestle-back format where the loser of the 1st/2nd place match will wrestle the 3rd place finisher, only if the two have not wrestled in the tournament. The wrestler will retain the regional placing but the winner will secure the ability to advance onto the 1-2-3A state tournament.