Huskies open season with solid showing
The Kotzebue Huskies kicked off their 2017 wrestling season on a high note on Saturday afternoon by turning in a head-turning performance at the Bob Harcharek Classic in Barrow. Kotzebue walked away with four wins and had all 12 of its wrestlers finish in the top eight in their weight classifications.
Michael Hatch and Matthew De La Cruz Jr. highlighted the Huskies' early success in the tournament. Hatch wrestled his way to a 3-0 record en route to winning the 113-pound division. He defeated Eagle River's Josh Robles in the finals. De La Cruz posted a 4-0 record en route to winning the 138-pound division. He finished off his first outing of the season with a convincing 10-0 win over James Salter in the championship match.
Trevor Miller-Hickerson and Ethan Roetman also wrestled their way to gold medals. Miller-Hickerson turned in a 5-0 record in Barrow, including a win by fall over Eagle River's Andrew Hamilton in the finals of the 170-pound classification. Roetman went 4-0 in the 195-pound bracket and highlighted a 1-2-3 finish by KHS wrestlers. He defeated teammate Billy Nelson in the finals.
Cadell Washington was third in the 195-pound class.
Nelson was one of the Huskies to net second-place marks in the tournament. Ryan Troyer was the runner-up in the 120-pound ranks to Eagle River's Jacob Bradley.
Erik Mills-Bain and Andrew Bergan also did well, Mills-Bain was third in the 170-pound standings, while Bergan was third in the 285-pound bracket.
Jessica McCall, Carmella McCall and Asaqpan Hensley added to the Huskies' performance by wrestling their way to fourth-place marks in their respective weight classifications. Xavier Jones added a fifth-place mark in the 132-pound bracket, while Tina Conwell finished eighth in the 170-pound ranks.
Sammy Keovilayhong and Jay Rick Nobleza highlighted the Whalers' outing at the meet. Both wrestled their way to third-place marks. Keovilayhong went 4-1, including a win over Carmella McCall in the bronze-medal match in the 120-pound division. Nobleza was 2-2 in the 138-pound class, including a win over Mt. Edgecumbe's George Ashenbeck in the third-place matchup.
Edward Davis contributed a solid outing as well, placing fifth in the 152-pound ranks. Eve Negovanna, Bilal Zafer and Matthew Bower all placed sixth in their brackets, while Jeffery Rosario was seventh in his division.