By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Young 'Hawks take 24th at Lime Solar/ACS Invite


November 9, 2017 | View PDF

Clay Petersen may not be a household name on the state’s wrestling scene as of yet, but he certainly went a long way getting himself noticed this past weekend at the 2017 Lime Solar/Anchorage Christian School Invitational. The Seward High School freshman won two of his three matches and helped carry the Seahawks to a 24th-place finish in Anchorage.

One of the younger teams at the largest Class 1A/2A/3A meets in the state, Seward rolled up 35 points—13 of which came from Petersen. Defending Class 3A state champion Bethel won the tournament crown with 214.5 points. Homer was second at 199. In all, 33 teams from across the state participated in the meet.

Peterson highlighted Seward’s efforts on the mat. Wrestling in the 98-pound classification, he got off to a slow start, dropping his opening match to Napaskiak’s Stephen Alexie. He rallied back nicely, however. In his next outing, he secured a wild 11-10 victory over Bethel’s Hunter Secor and earned a berth in the third-place bout.

He nailed down the bronze medal with a victory over Wrangell’s Jonah Comstock.

Gabriel Wood, Jaden Van Dyke and James Helberg also posted wins for the Seahawks. Wood went 1-2 in the 113-pound ranks, with his victory coming via a win over Selawik’s Colton Davis at the 17-second mark of the first period. Van Dyke, who went 1-2 in the 138-pound bracket, garnered his win by defeating Redington’s Michael Casida in the first round of consolation action.

Helberg defeated Redington’s Taylor Ingraham in the consolation round of the 160-pound division. He finished 1-2 overall.

Thomas Ooka also notched a win, downing Nikiski’s Caleb Weeks in the 132-pound bracket.

Among the other SHS wrestlers competing in the tournament were Cole Norcross, who turned in an impressive mark in the 120-pound classification. He joined Petersen as the only Seahawk to collect multiple wins by finishing at 2-2.

Levi Deboard, Cyrus Petty and Colt Ogle also competed in the tournament for Seward.

Rebekah Christenson highlighted the Lady Seahawks’ efforts in the ACS girls meet. She posted a 1-2 record in the 145-pound class.

Naomi Ifflander and Hana Cooney both went 0-2 in the 120-pound ranks.

Seward will return to action on Friday when they compete in the Peninsula Dials in Nikiski.


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