Mustangs' Morrison wins state wrestling title
Chugiak senior Garrett Morrison easily handled Kodiak's Charlie Johnson in the finals of the 182 pound weight class at the ASAA Alaska Class 4A State Wrestling Championships to earn his first state wrestling title on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Bartlett High.
"It feels great," Morrison said after defeating Johnson for the second time this season.
Morrison's win led seven placewinners for the eighth-place Mustangs. Also placing for Chugiak were Alex Medeiros (3rd at 195 pounds), Chase Jury (5th, 126), Karson Forbush (5th, 160), Richard Burroughs (5th, 220), Kody Trombley (5th, 285) and Colten Jury (6th, 138).
Morrison said Johnson proved to be a difficult opponent in the finals.
"His stance was different this time," Morrison said. "He put up a good fight."
Chugiak coach Tom Huffer Jr. said he couldn't be prouder of Morrison, who commercial fishes with the Huffers during the summer.
"He's just a great kid," Huffer said. "He'd run through a brick wall for you."
Eagle River finished 11th in the team standings. The Wolves were led by fourth-place finishes from Dominic Taus (145) and Logan Sheets (170). Also placing for Eagle River were Jachi Madubuko (5th, 195) and Zach Luff (6th, 120).
Taus, who made the state finals as a junior last season, was pinned by Soldotna's Auston Tennis during the semifinals on Friday. Taus was leading Tennis at the time, but Wolves coach Daren Williams said the peninsula wrestler managed to work a head-and-arm combination that proved to be the difference.
"He just got caught," Williams said.
Cook Inlet Conference champion Service won the team title, beating Northern Lights Conference champion Wasilla by 36 points. Kodiak was third, followed by South and East.