Airk Cochran runs to the finish line of the state meet on the Bartlett High course in Anchorage in 27th place. Cochran had quite the fan club at the State meet in Anchorage. Several SHS alumni turned out to cheer him on. From left are Emily Herbig, Jayce Ellis, Cochran, Cierra Hahn, and Kaylie O’Daniel. Photos by Tim Cochran
Airk Cochran completes senior cross country season in top 30 at State
By JEFF BRADY
Skagway High School senior Airk Cochran finished in 27th place at the ASAA State Cross Country Meet in Anchorage on Sept. 29. An early morning snowfall left the course a little muddy but Cochran had a good race.
“Airk had a really good State race,” said Skagway coach Kent Fielding. “He set a goal for himself to finish in the top 30 (there were 123 runners). I told him to shoot for the top 25. He also stated that he wanted to beat 'Rew’ – (Sam Rew) his rival from Klawock.”
Fielding said Cochran ran in the top 20 for most of the race, and was even at the 20 position with 400 yards left to go, but he was out-sprinted by rival SE runners Jacob Marshall from Wrangell and Ryan Morse of Sitka. Cochran was two seconds behind Marshall and a second behind Morse with his finish time of 18 minutes, 29 seconds.
The top SE 1A-2A-3A runner was William Brand of Craig in 8th place at 17:35. Cochran was the fourth best SE small schools runner in the state race, and did beat Rew, who finished 41st.
Cochran was the only Skagway runner to qualify for State and improved on his eighth place finish in the SE region race. The Skagway senior now looks ahead to basketball season, and then track.
“We're going to work on his kick in track,” Fielding said. “Part of it is because I had Airk take it easy on some workouts due to his knee injury, but Airk and I talked about track, and he looks forward to defending his 1600 and 3200 titles this spring. All in all, it was a very successful cross country season and one that Airk will look back on with fondness.”
Links to results from all meets this season (pdf files): State Results
Two SHS wrestlers hit mats this weekend
Senior Jake Grieser, freshman Trevor Cox anxious for first Southeast competitions, home meet in Skagway Nov. 9-10
By JEFF BRADY
The Skagway wrestling season kicks off with the team’s first meet of the season at Petersburg Oct. 12-13. Like all SHS teams this season, the wrestling team’s ranks are thin, but their coaches see a lot of quality competition for them.
Just two high school wrestlers are competing, senior Jake Grieser and freshman Trevor Cox.
“Having just 13 kids in the high school and two come out is pretty big, but we could have had more,” said co-coach Duppy Ticarro.
Both Grieser and Cox worked out with the team last year, so they have some experience, but not against other teams. They are looking forward to this weekend’s competition, noted co-coach Gregg Kollasch.
“Jake wrestled with us all last year but this year he is going to go and compete with us, which is awesome, and so far he is surprising the heck out of both of us in practice,” Kollasch said. “Trevor’s a freshman and worked out with us last year, and we’re really excited to see what he’s going to turn into. He’s a phenomenal athlete.”
Grieser will wrestle in the very tough 145-pound division, and Cox will be a couple weight classes lower at 126 pounds.
Trevor Cox practices circling and shooting on the Skagway mats. Jeff Brady
“I think Trevor is going to do really well,” added Ticarro. “Both he and Jake have a lot of the fundamentals down from training with us last year.”
The wrestlers have been going up against alumni John Doland and former student Clark Germishuys in practice, but they are bit heavier. Junior high students Shane Sims and Madison Cox also are practicing with the team.
After Petersburg, the SHS wrestlers head to Sitka Oct. 19-20. Then there is a break until a home tournament scheduled for Nov. 9-10.
Kollasch said they will need a lot of help, and volunteers are encouraged to contact the coaches or school activities director Cindy O’Daniel. They also hope for a great turnout by fans to show support for the team and Southeast wrestling.
“These tournaments are really big, and we hope it will be a lot of exposure for the boys and to get them seeded at the region tournament,” Ticarro said.
The Southeast Region 1A-2A-3A Tournament is in Haines Nov. 30-Dec. 1, close enough for Skagway fans to attend.