By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Seward takes 2nd at state tourney


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The Marathon Miners Wrestling Club claimed 10 medals at the Alaska Battle Cats Wrestling Tournament this past weekend in Anchorage.

Hunter Forshee-Kurtz proved one thing for certain at the 2017 Alaska USA State Wrestling Championships this past weekend in Wasilla. He is one of the top young wrestlers in the state.

The Seward sensation medaled in all three wrestling formats - including netting two state runner-up titles - en route to leading the Marathon Miners Wrestling Club to a second-place finish in the Division II standings. As a team, the Miners picked up 10 medals in the three meets, which were held April 27-29 at the Menard Sports Complex. During the tournament, grapplers from throughout the state participated in the Freestyle, Roman-Greco and Folkstyle formats.

Forshee-Kurtz starred in the Freestyle tournament, putting together an impressive 6-1 mark in the Novice 65-pound weight classification. After opening the tournament with a quick first-round win over Alaska Battle Cats' De'Shawn Barbee, he reeled off a pair of head-turning wins in his ensuing two outings. He defeated Arctic Warriors' star Rigdon Crane by a 10-0 clip, he needed just 19 seconds to defeat Juneau's Hayden Jimenez.

He followed that with another win over Barbee to earn a berth in the quarterfinals against Bethel's Sheldon Smith. Forshee-Kurtz defeated Smith quickly, winning at the 12-second mark.

After posting an 11-0 win over Arctic Warriors' Avery Simpson he moved into the 65-pound championship to face Kenton Cooke of Anchorage. Cooke dealt Forshee-Kurtz his only setback.

Forshee-Kurtz also took second in the Roman-Greco division, finishing second to Cooke. He finished third in the Folkstyle tournament.

Aidan Schiiling also emerged a big winner. He placed first in the Novice 60-pound division by grinding out a 2-0 record. He kicked off his outing with a win over Mat-Su's Ryan White. After a second-round bye, he nailed down the 60-pound title with a quick win over Tri-Valley's Trevor Binder.

Schilling, who also finished fifth in his Folkstyle division, defeated Binder in just 37 seconds.

Jack Waldon and Tommy Jarnig claimed multiple medals for the Miners. Jarnig took second in the Intermediate 50-pound weight classification standings in the Folkstyle event, and placed third in the Freestyle. Waldron was second in the Intermediate 120-pound standings in both the Folkstyle and Freestyle.

Michael Honebein and Noah Price also collected bronze medals. Honebein wrestled his way to an impressive 6-1 mark in the School 128-pound class and finished third in the Freestyle tournament. Price was third in the Freestyle's Novice 130-pound ranks.

Jaden Van Dyke and Elias Hidalgo just missed medals. Van Dyke was fourth in the Freestyle Cadet 138 bracket. Hidalgo was fourth in the Intermediate 60 standings.

Isaiah Bivins was fifth in the Cadet 120 standings, while Marathon standout Thomas Ooka was sixth in the Schoolboy 128. Colt Ogle was sixth in the Cadet 285 standings in the Folkstyle format.

Other Marathon wrestlers doing well at the tournament included Anthony Smith, Koltin Barlow, Eli Higbee, Brett Gilmore, Levi DeBoard, Hayden Campbell, Micah Brueckner and Elisha Brueckner.


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