Chugiak wrestling drops a pair

South, Wasilla earn victories over Mustangs


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Chugiak senior Richard Burroughs, left, squares off against South’s Matt Keogh. Burroughs won 3-0. He was just one of three Mustangs to notch a victory against the Wolverines.

CINTHIA RITCHIE

Chugiak High wrestling dropped a pair of duals when the Mustangs hosted Wasilla and South on Saturday, Jan. 4.

Chugiak started its dual against South slowly, with the early weights falling. The Wolverines won 59-12.

The mood changed when Brandon Lowe (160 pounds) stepped out on the map.

“Elevate your hips and scoot. Scoot!” coach Tom Huffer Jr. yelled.

Lowe scooted but still lost 7-3 to Gabe McSharry, who did a lot of scooting on his own, mainly toward the out-of-bounds line whenever Lowe had him down.

Yet, Lowe’s energy lent an upbeat vibe to the afternoon and the team slowly chipped away at South’s lead.

Jesse Nelson (182) dominated the mat, racking up the points to defeat Jakob Feyes 13-6.

The bout, Nelson said, felt equally weighed in the beginning.

“I felt he out-strengthed me and so I out-techniqued as best as I was able,” he said. “When he began to get tired at the end, I used that to my advantage.”

Then, it was Toren Cheely’s turn. The sophomore, sporting a blue singlet, nailed Ryan Bankson to the mat with a pin 33 seconds into the second period of the 195-pound match.

“I felt pretty confident,” Cheely said. “I noticed what he was doing the first period, saw his weaknesses and then took advantage of them.”

Richard Burroughs (220) followed with a strategic dual that consisted of circling Matt Keogh for almost two minutes before finally taking him down. Burroughs kept it up for a 3-0 decision.

In the Mustangs’ second match, Wasilla came out on top, 71-12. Dawson Budke (138) had the only win for Chugiak. He pinned Westen Wall in 3:42.

Dallas Mayhew also won by forfeit for the Mustangs.

Wasilla won its match against South, squeaking by 39-36.

According to coach Eric Holta, the Mustangs have been working hard.

“We haven’t wrestled for a couple of weeks,” he said. “South is tough, one of the best teams in the state.”

The team, he said, is on track, though several members are presently out of the line-up due to injury.

“But we’re really deep in the higher weights,” he added. “We just need to get everyone healthy.”

 

Contact Star reporter Cinthia Ritchie at 694-2727 or cinthia.ritchie@alaskastar.com.

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