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By Tommy Wells
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Bivins, Norcross grab silvers in Kodiak


December 8, 2016 | View PDF

Isaiah Bivins and Cole Norcross both wrestled their way to second-place finished this past weekend and powered the Seward High School wrestling team to a third-place finish at the 2016 Robin Hervey Invitational in Kodiak.

Overall, Seward had nine wrestlers medal in the meet.

Bivins starred in the 113-pound weight classification for the Seahawks. He went 2-1 in the tournament, including wins in both of his first two rounds. After opening the tournament with a with a win over Homer’s JoJo Moran, Bivins earned a spot in the 113-pound title match by defeating teammate Gabriel Wood by an 18-3 clip in the semifinals. In the championship match, he suffered a loss to Homer’s Set Inama.

Wood rallied back from his loss to Bivins nicely. He outwrestled Moran in the third-place bout.

Norcross pounded out a 3-1 mark en route to claiming the second-place honors in the 126-pound division. His only loss of the tournament came in the finals to Homer’s Luciano Fasulo.

The SHS standout kicked off his outing in an impressive manner. He defeated Kodiak’s Felino Macatuno in the first round in just 60 seconds. From there, he defeated Kodiak’s Riley Birbilas by a 16-15 score and then took down Homer’s Sean Moran to improve to 3-0.

Kriziel Sarmiento and Simon Estes added to the SHS medal totals. Both wrestled their way to bronzes in their respective divisions. Sarmiento was third in the 106-pound division, while Estes went 2-2 and finished third in the 138-pound standings.

Chris Kingsland, Soren Fejes, Cyrus Petty and Peter Hettick also notched third-place efforts. Kingsland placed third in the 145-pound division. Fejes and Petty were third in the 182- and 195-pound brackets, respectively. Hettick was third in the 285-pound classification.

Seward had six wrestlers narrow miss the medal stand. Naomi Ifflander, Jaden VanDyke, Nick Woodard, Reid Broughton, Nele Hohenstein and Eli Davis all placed fourth in their weight classes.

As a team, Seward rolled up 54.5 points in the tournament, which was held on Dec. 3. Homer claimed the tournament’s team title with 194 points. Kodiak was second at 102.

The Seahawks will join Anchorage Christian, Cordova, Grace Christian, Holy Rosary Academy, Homer, Houston, Nikiski, Redington and Voznesenka this weekend in competing in the 2016 Kachemak Conference Wrestling Tournament. The meet will be held on Dec. 9-10 at ACS in Anchorage.


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