Thomas Etue works to avoid a takedown against Jesse Piper of Haines, Logan Weber escapes from Juneau's Randy Segelhorst, and Devin Fairbanks puts a gritty move on Dave Steininger from Thunder Mountain.
Wrestling photos by Jeff Brady
Skagway wrestlers get in win column at home meet
By JEFF BRADY
Every coach’s dream is to have his kids perform well, and when they do it before a home crowd and enjoy the thrill of victory, it’s even sweeter.
Although they had their share of defeats last weekend, all six active members of Skagway’s wrestling team posted at least two wins against very tough regional competition.
The round-robin tournament organized by Activities Director Josh Coughran was set up so participants would wrestle as many kids as possible in their weight class, or a class above or below. In all, there were eight sessions over two days, and nearly 100 matches with boys and girls from Skagway, Haines, Hoonah, Mt. Edgecumbe, Juneau-Douglas, Thunder Mountain, Petersburg, and Metlakatla.
No team points were scored. Skagway started off slow but kept getting better as the meet progressed, and the Panther team finished with a record of 19 wins and 23 defeats, a respectable showing for the smallest school at the meet.
Head coach Christophe “Duppy” Ticarro (pictured left with assistant Jared Henley), said the highlight of the tournament for him was the chance for senior captain Thomas Etue to “show how good he is” for the home fans.
Etue wrestled some tough competition. He was pinned early on by Haines’s Jesse Piper, but bounced back with a pin over Metlakatla’s Daniel Williams.
His best matches were against Hoonah rival Kristian Geise. Etue won the first match on a 10-9 decision, and was leading in the third period of the second match when Geise got a quick reverse and pin.
“He just caught me,” Etue said. “It was the last match of the night and I was tired.”
But the next morning, in their rubber match, Etue prevailed with a quick takedown and pin at the start of the third period. The two wrestlers hugged, and Etue said he enjoys the close competition.
“I’ll be wrestling him all season,” he said. “He’s one of my closest buddies.”
Etue lost again to Piper but finished with a quick pin, stacking up Henry Dalton of Juneau in just a minute.
Another Skagway standout at the meet was Ian Klupar, but his season may have ended. Klupar scored pins in his first two matches, and was leading a Thunder Mountain opponent before getting pinned near the end of the match, and then lost on a technical fall to a Metlakatla opponent. The next morning he again took a lead over Tyler Thomas of Haines but was slammed hard to the mat and injured during a pin. He was done for the meet, and a suspected bruised back turned out to be a cracked rib.
Devin Fairbanks, Logan Weber and Danny Moore each posted a win later during the first day of competition, and got more wins the next day.
After some close losses on the first day, John Doland finally got in the win column on the second day during an exciting match against Jimmy Thomson of Haines. Doland jumped out to an 8-4 lead, only to see Thomson come back and take the lead in the third period. But with seconds left in the match, Doland scored a reversal and near-fall to post an 18-15 victory. He also scored another win.
“Good hustle! Good fight!” said Ticarro.
Assistant coach Jared Henley was impressed with the way the team bounced back after scoring just two or three wins at its first meet in Hoonah.
Complete Skagway match scoring appears below. Next up for the Panther mat men is a meet in Sitka this weekend. Ticarro said the team’s goal is to get better with every match, and try to place some wrestlers in the top four in the region, which qualifies them for state tournament.
Other Tourney Notables: Top wrestlers at the tourney were James Valentine of Petersburg and Melissa Fischer of Hoonah. Valentine, who summers in Skagway with his dad Chris, was third in the state last year and went undefeated in Skagway. Fischer impressed everyone by scoring four pins, as few boys were a match for her. Brothers J.R. and Sam Madden also are on the Skagway team but were out sick for the meet.
Petersburg's James Valentine tries to roll Skagway's Danny Moore, and John Doland gets set to shoot the legs of Mt. Edgecumbe's Jared Menadelook.
Oct. 24-25 • Skagway results
Session One: Valentine (Pet) TF Moore; Marin (Pet) pin Weber; Foley (Met) pin Doland; Piper (Hns) pin Etue; Steininger (TM) 9-6 dec. Fairbanks; Klupar pin Jennings (Edg).
Session Two: Thomson (Hns) 15-11 dec. Moore; Nick (Edg) 13-7 dec. Weber; Segelhorst (JD) 10-3 dec. Doland; Etue 10-9 dec. Geise (Hoo); Fairbanks 14-12 dec. Williams (Met); Klupar pin Ward (Hns).
Session Three: Mendelook (Edg) 13-3 dec. Doland; Weber pin Anderson (Hns); Smith (Hoo) pin Moore; Etue pin Williams (Met); Minchen (TM) 11-2 dec. Fairbanks; Koenig pin Klupar.
Session Four: Moore pin Gaube (Met); Segelhorst (JD) TF Weber; Foley (TM) pin Doland; Vera TF Klupar; Geise (Hoo) pin Etue.
Session One: Etue pin Geise (Hoo); Thomas (Hns) pin Klupar; Smith (Hoo) TF Moore; Weber pin Gaube (Met); Fairbanks pin Daly (Hns); Doland 18-15 dec. Thomson (Hns).
Session Two: Moore pin Shier (Met); Weber pin Daly (Hns); Williams (Met) 10-6 dec. Fairbanks; Mendelook (Edg) 11-1 dec. Doland; Piper pin Etue.
Sessions Three-Four: Moore pin Leask (Edg); Fairbanks TF Journey (Edg) due to injury; Doland 22-11 dec. Nick (Edg); Moore pin Nick (Edg); Weber pin Gaube (Met); Koenig (TM) pin Fairbanks; Ward (Hns) pin Doland; Etue pin Dalton (J-D).
Paige Hahn scores a hit during the first match of the season, and Elise Doland and Jesse Ellis attempt to block a shot against Porter Creek. Porter Creek’s varsity won two of three games to take the match: 24-26, 25-19, 25-23. In junior varsity action, Porter Creek prevailed 25-19 and 25-20.
Volleyball Photos by Andrew Cremata
Volleyball team scores wins in Juneau, Hoonah
The Skagway volleyball season is up and running, and the Panther team so far appears to be in a battle with two teams for region 2A supremacy.
After losing its home opener in a tight match versus Whitehorse’s Porter Creek, the team hit the road last weekend and won its opening round pool at the Juneau All Comers Tournament.
Coach Becky Jensen said the pool included teams from Petersburg, Juneau-Douglas, Mt. Edgecumbe, Thunder Mountain, and Hoonah. The girls either won or split their matches, and never lost during the first day of competition.
This put Skagway as the top seed in the single elimination Gold Bracket for the next day, where they ended up losing to Juneau’s A squad, the eventual champion.
“We played extremely well during all of the first matches, and had a bye (in the Gold Bracket), but we couldn’t get it back together (against Juneau),” Jensen said.
The team has 12 girls out for the squad this year, and nine traveled. Jensen said the core rotation includes senior hitters Paige Hahn, Emily Herbig, and Elise Doland, senior setter Amanda Jensen, junior hitters Kaylie O’Daniel and Jesse Ellis. Sophomores Rori Leaverton and Anna Korsmo sub in for different situations, along with freshman Polly Brown. Seniors Brandy Mayo and Samantha Welch and freshman Amanda Hoover make up the rest of the squad.
Jensen said the season is early and the team will improve.
“As soon as they get the ‘deer in the headlights’ look out of their eyes, they will be good,” she said.
The team continued on to Hoonah for 2A matches early this week. Jensen said the team split with rivals Klawock and Hoonah on Monday, and beat Thorne Bay. On Tuesday, with one starter out, they lost two close games by two points to host Hoonah, and beat Thorne Bay again.
Jensen said the team is trying to set up some matches at 3A Haines this weekend. It will then travel to a seeding tournament at Klawock next month before returning home for the region tournament here on Dec. 3-4.
Jensen is being assisted by volunteer coaches Cindy O’Daniel and Teresa Wilson.
She said they hope to return to State.
“We have a talented group of young women who will go far in volleyball and basketball,” Jensen said. – JB