Mickey Wilson attempts a lift on Ketchikan’s Cesar Ramirez during their 160-pound match at the Petersburg Invitational on Nov. 8. Wilson lost to the state second ranked Ramirez 4-1. Skagway’s Ian Klupar hangs on to Wrangell’s Thomas Cleveland. Klas Stolpe photos

Skagway matmen prepare for regionals

By JEFF BRADY
The Skagway wrestling team continues to rack up wins leading up to the regional tournament in Wrangell Dec. 5-6.
At last weekend’s Pilot Invitational in Juneau against several large schools, the Panthers came away with just nine points, but each wrestler got at least one win, said co-coach Jared Henley.
“They all won at least one match, and even wrestled well in the ones they lost,” Henley said.
John Doland and Thomas Etue scored points for Skagway by making it to the quarterfinals in their weight classes.
“Etue could have placed fourth but he made some mistakes,” Henley said. “He exposed an elbow just for a second and got pinned, but he took the loss great. They are all good sports.”
Henley said the competition was tough, especially with 4A Colony in the field. They had wrestlers in 12 of the 14 finals, he said.
With just 2A and 3A competitors at regionals next week, Henley said Skagway has a chance to send some wrestlers on to state. Etue and Doland have excellent chances, and Danny Moore and Ian Klupar also have a shot.
In a meet earlier this month at Petersburg, all but Moore and Mickey Wilson grabbed wins, and they were in close matches against tough competitors from Ketchikan, said coach Duppy Ticaro.
“Devin (Fairbanks), John, Thomas, and Ian all got wins in Petersburg,” Ticaro said.
Unfortunately, the team did lose senior Tylor Forester to a season-ending shoulder injury, but no one was hurt last weekend. The rest of the team is healthy and over the mid-season lull.
“They’re looking good and the intensity is picking up for the final meets,” Ticaro said.

Lego League teams win in Juneau

Two Skagway teams excelled at the second annual Juneau Robot Jamboree on Sunday. One team took first place,and the teamwork award, while the other won a project award.
The whole team has been invited to compete in Anchorage Jan. 17 with expenses paid by the event’s sponsor, Juneau Economic Development Council.
The Jamboree was a sanctioned FIRST Lego League tournament. FIRST stands for: For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology.
The two Skagway teams of students age 9-14 are: Envirobotics Blue – Riley Westfall, Taylor Carlson, Rosalie Westfall; and Envirobotics Green – Trevor Cox, Aidan Klupar, Zoe Wassman.
The blue team was the overall winner with the second best research project, and the green team was third overall and had the best teamwork.
They were coached by Karl Klupar, who won the coach’s award at the meet. Faculty advisor was Vivian Meyer.
The teams spent the past two months getting ready for the tournament, which had for its theme: “Climate Connections Challenge!”
According to a press release, teams use scientific research and hands-on robotic design to build program robots using Lego Mindstorms technologies and play materials to solve real work challenges.
Fifteen teams from Juneau, Skagway and Hoonah participated. Each team was scored on its public robot performance, along with private judging for research presentation, teamwork, and technical knowledge.
The competition was held all day Sunday at Juneau’s Centennnial Hall. Look for a photo report in the next issue. – JB