Wrestling: Taus, Morrison earn runner-up finishes at tourney
Chugiak star misses finals with knee injury
Chugiak’s Karson Forbush, left, gets thrown by Juneau’s Malik Brown during their match on Friday, Jan. 13. Forbush recovered to pin Brown, helping the Mustangs to a 54-12 dual match win.
STAR PHOTO BY MATT TUNSETH
Chugiak and Eagle River each had a wrestler make the finals of the Glenn Vandergaw tournament Saturday, Jan. 14, at Dimond High in Anchorage, but neither emerged victorious.
Eagle River’s Dominic Taus lost a narrow 7-5 decision to Soldotna’s Auston Tennis in the finals at 145 pounds. Tennis is the defending state Class 4A champion at 145 pounds, while Taus was the runner-up at 135 a year ago.
Chugiak’s Garrett Morrison finished the tournament undefeated for the seventh-place Mustangs, but still had to settle for second place after tweaking his knee during a lopsided semifinals technical fall win over Wasilla’s Alex Fuller. Chugiak assistant coach Duncan Shackelford said the injury appeared to be minor, but it kept Morrison — the state’s top-ranked 182-pounder according to Akmat.org — from facing No. 3 Charlie Johnson in the finals.
Eagle River’s Nate Gorski (160) was the only other placewinner for the Wolves in fourth place. Eagle River finished 11th in the team standings.
Other placewinners for Chugiak included Chase Jury (5th, 126), Jake Wenzl (6th, 132), Robert Huffer (6th, 152), Karson Forbush (5th, 160), Richard Burroughs (5th, 220) and Kody Trombley (6th, 285).
On Friday, Jan. 13, Chugiak won a dual match against Juneau, 54-12, and Eagle River lost to Lathrop 42-19 on Day 1 of the Vandergaw tourney.
Individual winners for the Mustangs included Robert Huffer (152), Karson Forbush (160) and Garrett Morrison (182). Zach Luff (120), Dominic Taus (145), Nate Gorski (160) and Ed Hall (182) picked up wins for the Wolves.
Mustangs, Wolves plan showdown
Chugiak and Eagle River will face off in a dual meet tonight at 6 p.m. at Eagle River High. The winner of the match wins a traveling trophy that was unveiled last season. The Wolves currently have possession of the trophy on Yosemite Drive, meaning the Mustangs need a victory to bring it back to Birchwood Loop.
The event will double as senior night for Eagle River, said coach Daren Williams.