The 2019-20 high school wrestling season is now underway after the opening tournament of the season.
Eagle River took fourth place at the West Anchorage Classic Friday and Saturday at West High in Anchorage.
The Wolves fell to East 48-26 in the third-place match Saturday. Eagle River opened the tournament with a 63-6 win over Palmer before losing 63-15 in the semifinals to eventual tournament champion Colony.
Eagle River claimed a fifth-place finish at the 20-team Dimond/Service Volleyball Tournament Friday and Saturday in Anchorage.
The Wolves went 5-3 in pool play to finish second in a pool that included Wasilla, North Pole, Homer and Juneau. The finish advanced the team into the “Gold” bracket for the top eight teams after the first day of play.
Chugiak’s Emily Rand placed fourth in the floor exercise and 12th in the all-around competition Saturday at the Cook Inlet Conference Gymnastics Meet at Dimond High.
The CHS junior was the top local competitor at the season-ending meet. Teammate Makenna Casey was 13th in the all-around competition, highlighted by a ninth-place finish on the parallel uneven bars for the fourth-place Mustangs.
Finja Ochse placed ninth on the balance beam to lead Eagle River, which finished sixth in the team standings.
Emily Rand won the floor exercise and placed third in the all-around standings to lead Chugiak to a second-place finish at a four-team gymnastics meet on Friday, Oct. 18 at Dimond High. Rand wowed the judges with her floor routine, which was the only individual performance of the day to score a 9.000 or higher.
South’s Ellie Decker won the uneven bars and balance beam to claim the all-around title, with the first-place Wolverines’ Brieley Alch placing second in the all-around standings after winning the vault.
Nic Nelson can’t do much running right now, so a couple hundred of his closest friends are going to run for him.
Nelson is an Anchorage 13-year-old currently undergoing treatment for a rare form of cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Before he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma this spring, Nelson’s main concern was training for triathlons.
“That’s actually how this all started…” recalled his mom, Jane.
The Malemutes defeated Eagle River 54-10 Saturday in the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Division II State Football Semifinals — the team’s second win over the Wolves since losing to Eagle River in last year’s D-II semis.
LaDavien Simon had an 80-yard kickoff return for Eagle River’s lone touchdown. Andrew Hamilton had a field goal for the Wolves, who got 97 total yards from Tim Pennington (62 receiving, 35 rushing) and 72 from Justin Davis (51 rushing, 21 receiving).
McKenzie Fazio picked up three first places and a second as Eagle River took third in the overall team standings at the 24-team Bartlett/Chugiak Invitational Saturday at Bartlett High.
Fazio won the 200 and 500 yard freestyle for the Eagle River girls and swam a leg on the team’s winning 200 yard medley relay. Fazio joined Ellie Mercer, Hannah Shaw and Kiara Borchardt in winning the relay and taking second in the 200 yard freestyle relay.
Emilee Groth completed an undefeated season with more perfection.
The Chugiak senior knocked off West Valley’s Klara Kondrak in straight sets Saturday to win a state championship in girls singles at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Tennis Championships at the Alaska Club East in Anchorage.
The win was Chugiak’s first state tennis title since the tournament began in 2007.
Groth won 6-1, 6-0 in her first meeting with the unseeded Kondrak, who knocked off the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds before falling to Groth, who finished fifth at last year’s state tourney.