Coach Ticaro watches Devin Fairbanks and Jacob Cotton practice starting moves from the mat. JB

Hungry wrestlers grab wins in Hoonah

By JEFF BRADY
Nine boys have turned out for the SHS wrestling team this year, and many of them posted wins at an exhibition meet in Hoonah on Oct. 12-13.
Local master chef Cristofe “Duppy” Ticaro has taken over from Josh Coughran this season, so the A.D./coach can focus on a different activity, the birth of his first child next month.
Ticaro was happy to jump in. He wrestled for a power conference high school in Minnesota, where the sport is king.
This time last year, Ticaro was preparing for a big Skagway chefs’ gig at the James Beard House in New York City. This year he is getting Skagway kids ready for wrestling regionals, and he likes what he sees so far.
“We had a big turnout, and nobody’s quit yet,” he said. “They are putting in a lot of hard work.”
Leading the team are two seniors, Josh Cotton (160 lbs.) and Tom Kirko (currently wrestling at 189 lbs. but almost down to 171 lbs.).
Sophomore Thomas Etue (130 lbs.) , Skagway’s only state returnee, is also doing well, though he had a growth spurt that put him in a heavier weight class. He posted two wins at Hoonah.
Just five members made the first trip, but they accumulated about seven wins total.
Junior Tylor Forester (125 lbs.) is another wrestler with experience, along with sophomores Jacob Cotton (152 lbs.) and Mickey Wilson (152/160 lbs.).
Joining the team are freshmen Joey Hosford (210 lbs.), Devin Fairbanks (189 lbs.) and John Doland (125 lbs.), who shows the most promise among the young guys, said his coach.
Wins aren’t as important as working hard to do your best, said Ticaro.
“They all look good,” he said. “I commend them for their attitudes and the seniors for their leadership.”

Volleyball report next time
During final deadline for this issue, the SHS girls volleyball team was en route home on the ferry from its first tourney of the season. They won the silver bracket. Results and an outlook for the season will appear in the Nov. 9 issue.