Trevor Cox stands in the No. 1 spot after winning his class in Sitka. Courtesy SHS
Cox atop JV podium at Sitka meet
By JEFF BRADY
Skagway freshman Trevor Cox won the junior varsity bracket at a wrestling meet in Sitka on Oct. 13 and has a 5-3 record going into next weekend’s meet in Skagway.
Co-coach Duppy Ticarro said 11 teams participated and the teams were divided into varsity and junior varsity. Both Skagway wrestlers were seeded in the double elimination JV bracket.
Cox, wrestling at 132 pounds, pinned Caitlyn Kelly of Mt. Edgecumbe in the first round of his first match, and then beat her teammate Aubrey Gusok in a 4-2 decision.
Next up was the most exciting match of the day against Edgecumbe’s Marcus Redfox. Ticarro said Redfox controlled the match through the first two periods, dominating physically for a 7-1 lead. But then the Skagway wrestler took over.
“Trevor was able to get into his groove the third period and came alive fighting from behind to come back and tie the match 7-7 in the last 30 seconds by turning Marcus on his back and getting 1 escape point, 2 takedown points, and 3 near fall points sending the match into sudden death OT,” Ticarro said. “In the first 15 seconds of OT Trevor was able to shoot in and follow through for a takedown of 2 points and winning the match to send him into the finals.”
In the finals, Cox faced Redfox again and was better prepared. Ticarro said they reviewed video of the first match and were able to expose some of his opponent’s weaknesses. Cox took control early but got caught on his back at one point and gave up some points. At the very end of another period, Cox had Redfox almost pinned, but he ended up winning with a 14-9 decision.
After losing three of four matches the week before against mostly varsity competition in Petersburg, Cox said he felt like he had made a lot of progress at Sitka.
“I feel like it’s going good,” he said. “We’ll see when I go up against more varsity.”
Cox will be the only Skagway student wrestling at the home meet Nov. 9-10. Grieser had injured his ribs a couple weeks ago, and then lost two matches in Sitka to falls.
“He fought hard and displayed a tremendous amount of speed, but lacked the endurance due to a two week absence from wrestling due to an injury,” Ticarro said. “Unfortunately Jake has decided to withdraw from wrestling this year for personal reasons and will not participate in the upcoming home meet.”
The Skagway meet will feature Juneau-Douglas, Thunder Mountain, Hoonah, Haines, and Mt. Edgecumbe.
“The upper Lynn Canal is a great venue for northern teams and the anticipation of Regional Tournament in Haines this season is very exciting,” Ticarro added. “We hope Skagway residents will come support Trevor, Skagway School and our community by attending this wrestling home meet and regionals in Haines.”
Photos by Jeff Brady