State high school wrestling tournament begins this weekend

February 1, 2013 

This weekend is the biggest of the year for the state's top Class 4A high school wrestlers, who will converge on Bartlett High for the state tournament Friday and Saturday.

Defending champion Service is ranked fourth coming in, with Northern Lights Conference champion Wasilla ranked first and Cook Inlet Conference champion South ranked second.

No wrestlers have a shot at a third or fourth individual title, but Kenai's Hope Steffenson is one of five grapplers shooting for a second title. As a sophomore in 2010, Steffenson became the second girl to claim a state title in Alaska, joining Skyview's Michaela Hutchison (2006).

Kodiak's Andrew Cabala, East's Josh Wiggins and Service's John Pounds and Rilen Skieens are also chasing their second titles.

Individual rankings by weight class

Top 3

98 -- 1) Greg Shack, South; 2) Logan Albrect, Wasilla; 3) Brian McKimson, Wasilla. 106 -- 1) Kyle Willard, East; 2) Hope Steffenson, Kenai; 3) Marcus Amico, Eagle River. 113 -- 1) Gavin Alvarado, South; 2) Andrew Caballa, Kodiak; 3) Matt Glover, South. 120 -- 1) Mason Cochran, Palmer; 2) Andrew Shannon, Wasilla; 3) Rami Pellumbi, South. 126 -- 1) Daide Agnew, West Valley; 2) Alex Nanez, Service; 3) Shannon Carpenter, Wasilla. 132 -- 1) John Pounds, Service; 2) Ryker Steiner, Wasilla; 3) Spencer Adams, Colony. 138 -- 1) Ellery Steffenson, Kenai; 2) Kraig Hammond, South; 3) Anthony Sierra, East. 145 -- 1) Nate McKimson, Wasilla; 2) Sam Zimmerman, Lathrop; 3) Tyler Thamavongsa, Service. 152 -- 1) Bryce Serna, Wasilla; 2) Moo Rogers, North Pole; 3) Joe Dickinson, Lathrop. 160 -- 1) Rilen Skieens, Service; 2) Luke Heun, Palmer; 3) Craig Deboer, Ketchikan. 170 -- 1) Simon Root, Colony; 2) Josh Wiggins, East; 3) Franklyn Dunbar, Service. 182 -- 1) Sawyer Root, Colony; 2) Hyland Story, West Valley; 3) Caleb Nielsen, Palmer. 195 -- 1) Dalton Sauder, South; 2) Kerry Powers, Kodiak; 3) Austin Rench, Colony. 220 -- 1) Derek Zorea, Service; 2) Ian McKenzie, Colony; 3) Richard Burroughs, Chugiak. 285 -- 1) Brian Thompson, Palmer; 2) Cole Frohling, Palmer; 3) Keanu King, East.

Past State Champions

Class 1-2-3A Class 4A

2012-13 Bethel TBA

2011-12 Bethel Service

2010-11 Bethel Wasilla

2009-10 Dillingham Colony

2008-09 Petersburg Colony

2007-08 ACS Colony

2006-07 Dillingham Colony

2005-06 Dillingham Wasilla

2004-05 ACS Wasilla

2003-04 ACS Wasilla

2002-03 Bethel West Valley

2001-02 Skyview Chugiak

2000-01 Skyview Lathrop

1999-2000 Seward Service

1998-99 Nikiski Skyview

1997-98 Nikiski Service

1996-97 Nikiski Skyview

1995-96 Nikiski Palmer

1994-95 Kotzebue Service

1993-94 ACS Service

1992-93 Bethel Service

1991-92 Eielson Lathrop

1990-91 Eielson West Valley

1989-90 Eielson West Valley

1988-89 Eielson West Valley

1987-88 Eielson West Valley

1986-87 Valdez West Valley

1985-86 Homer Service

Division I Division II

1984-85 North Pole Homer

1983-84 Glennallen Service

1982-83 Glennallen Service

1981-82 Homer Service

1980-81 Eielson West

1979-80 Petersburg Kenai

Single division

1978-79 Kenai

1977-78 West Valley

1976-77 West Valley

1975-76 Service

1974-75 Service

1973-74 Chugiak, Lathrop

Schools were divided into two divisions after 1979. Division I was for small schools and Division II for large schools. Enrollment classifications went into effect for the 1985-86 school year. Schools with less than 400 students wrestled in Class 1-2-3A and schools with more than 400 wrestled in Class 4A.

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