Wang off to State wrestling meet

Despite being pinned in the consolation finals of his division, Skagway exchange student Kevin Wang is headed to Anchorage this weekend for the state 1A-2A-3A wrestling meet.
Wang, wrestling at 119 pounds, did real well, , said Skagway coach Josh Coughran, and will go to the state meet as an alternate in place of the Yakutat kid who beat him for third place.
The team’s best hope for State, however, won’t be making the trip.
Junior Crystal Ketterman just missed making weight for the 112-pound class, where she would have been “a lock for State,” Coughran said.
Knowing the night before that Ketterman may be a pound over, Coughran put her on a treadmill for “a good hour” before the weigh-in, but the digital scales had her just .4 pounds over. Since Ketterman had already been signed up for that class, she could not wrestle at a higher weight.
“It was disappointing, but there’s nothing you can do,” Coughran said. “At least she has one more year.”
Senior Thomas Knorr, wrestling in the 215-pound class, almost qualified for State. He won two matches and advanced to the semifinals. In the second round, he had top-seeded Bart Agner of Petersburg on his back, but couldn’t hold him down for the upset. Agner went on to win the match, and Knorr finished fifth.
Michelle Harris performed well in the tough 160-pound division, going 1-2, her coach said. The team’s other wrestler, freshman Ryan Forester, had a tough 0-2 outing in the 125-pound class. – JB

UPDATE: Kevin Wang won one match at the state 1A-2A-3A tourney, see results at

Teslyn Korsmo tries to get through the Haines defense in a game in Skagway during last month’s Boyd Worley Tourney.

J-Hi teams winless in Haines, hope for better in Juneau

Although the Skagway junior high teams failed to win any games at the Paul Potter Tourney in Haines over Thanksgiving weekend, they did land two kids on the all-tourney team. Sierra Moran and Brent Beckner were named to the girls and boys all-tourney teams respectively.
Juneau Christian’s boys and Floyd Dryden’s girls won the tourney.
The Skagway teams are in Juneau this weekend for the annual Fast Break tourney and will again face some tough competition, said Lara Labesky, who coaches the teams with Mark Jennings.
“Both Mark and I were pleased with their perofrmance (in Haines),” Labesky said. “We did a lot of things right, we just didn’t score enough.”
She said team attititude is good and they are excited about playing in Juneau.