Valdez tops area teams with fourth place finish at the State Tournament

By Tony Gorman

Justin Allen capped off a fine wresting career by successfully defending his 170-lb. class title and helping the Valdez High School wrestling team to a fourth place finish at the 1-2 3-A State Tournament in Nikiski over the weekend. 

The senior beat Cordova’s Matt Adams with a 9-4 decision to finish his career without dropping a match in that last two years.  “He’s an amazing athlete,” said Bucs Coach Kyle Siddoway.  “He trained really hard this year.  He knew what he wanted.  When it came down to it, he had the skills and ability to go after it and take it. “

Sophomore Isaac Deaton defeated Dillingham’s Cade Schlagel for the 138-lb. title and the Bucs other individual title.  “If we can keep him out of a cast for next year, we’ll be doing well,” Siddoway said.  “He spent a lot of time watching tapes and studying how to become better.  Siddoway describes Deaton’s title run as amazing.  “Nobody really expected it,” Siddoway said.  “He came out of nowhere and proved he deserved it.”     

The team fell short of three individual titles when Craig’s Tanner Tain slipped past Kiefer Groeneveld for the 113-lb. title with a 3-2 decision for his second straight individual title.

The Bucs garnered a 4th place finish with 143 behind Bethel (188), Dillingham (151.5), and Nikiski (150.5).  “As a team I think we did extremely well,” Siddoway said.

Third place matches

Grace Christian’s Anthony Walsh defeated junior David Towne, 5-1 in a third place match in the 120-lb class.  Sophomore 132-pounder Austin Rake managed to finish in 3rd place with a 4-0 decision over Sam Janorschke of Skyview.  Senior Michael Ace needed overtime to put away Nikiski’s Josh Brown, 6-4, in the 145-lb. class.

Fifth place matches

In the 126-lb. class, Sitka’s Jaren Sumauang won via injury default over sophomore Caj Rohrer.   Sophomore Keefe McIntosh dropped a 14-2 major decision to Josh Roetman of Kotzebue in the 132-lb. class.

Other matches

In the 145-pound class, Brian Allen was in pinned in his first match.  He rebounded to win his next match by a 9-4 decision before bowing out to a 1-13 decision.  Fellow 145-pounder Kalen McIntosh dropped a 1-6 decision in the first round and was pinned the following match.  Brandon Hursh received a first-round bye in the 152-lb class, but was pinned in the next match.  He won his next match via 7-6 decision before losing 7-0 decision.


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