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By Tommy Wells
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'Hawks wrestle to 7th at 'Throwdown' tourney in Valdez


October 26, 2017 | View PDF

VALDEZ – Clay Petersen, Cole Norcross and Collin Mullaly each wrestled their way to the finals of their respective weight classifications on Saturday and helped spur the Seward Seahawks to a seventh-place finish at the annual Throwdown in Snowtown tournament in Valdez.

As a team, Seward rolled up 88 points in the 12-team tournament. Wasilla walked away with the team title with 171.5 points. Houston finished second, while Grace Christian, Barrow and Redington rounded out the top five.

Mullaly highlighted the Seahawks’ efforts on the mat. The SHS standout kicked off his tournament with a quick win over Glennallen’s Moses Korth. From there, he defeated Grace Christian’s Dylan Harris and Wasilla’s Samuel Logsdon to earn a berth in the 126-pound championship. In the finals, Delta’s Jason Montes managed to scratch out a win, ending Mullaly’s outing with a 3-1 record.

Norcross, too, had a solid performance in Valdez. He advanced to the 120-pound title bout before dropping a decision to Wasilla’s Wesley Frakar.

Norcross opened the tournament with easy wins over Galena’s Elena Jacob and Houston’s Jessie Merrick.

Peterson went 2-1 in the 106-pound bracket and finished second to Redington’s James Paris. En route to qualifying for the finals, he dispatched Houston’s Noah Guim via a disqualification and Wasilla’s Alex Prayner by a decisive 11-1 margin.

Jaden Van Dyke and Colt Ogle also turned in impressive efforts in Valdez. Van Dyke wrestled his way to the third-place match in the 138-pound class, while Ogle finished fourth in the 285-pound bracket.

After dropping his opening-round bout, Van Dyke rebounded nicely by breezing to wins over Valdez’s Connor Britt and Glennallen’s Brennan Garcia. From there, he defeated Houston’s Jeremiah Barrett in the consolation semifinals and earned a trip to the third-place contest. Wasilla’s Lucas Thacker win the third-place honors and ended Van Dyke’s outing with a 3-3 mark.

Levi Deboard and James Helberg added to the Seahawks’ win totals. Deboard went 2-2 in the 126-pound class, while Helberg picked up a victory over Delta’s Jacob Schmidt in the 160-pound ranks.

Also competing in the tournament for Seward were Jacob Wendt, Hana Cooney and Rebekah Christianson, who posted a 1-2 mark in the 145-pound division.

Seward will return to action this weekend when they host the King of the Mountain Duals, beginning Friday.


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