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By Tommy Wells
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Norcross, Mullaly net wins at Peninsula Duals


November 16, 2017 | View PDF

NIKISKI – Cole Norcross and Collin Mullaly each wrestled their way to multiple wins this past weekend and helped carry the Seward High School wrestling team to a solid showing at the 2017 Peninsula Duals.

As a team, Seward went 0-4 in the 9-team tournament, including a pair of tough losses to state-ranked opponents on Saturday. Colony, the state’s top-ranked Class 4A program, won the Duals title. Homer finished second.

Seward kicked off the tournament with pool action on Friday afternoon with a first-round loss to the Kenai Central Kardinals. Kenai won eight of the weight classifications held and rolled to a 65-12 victory.

Norcross, one of two seniors on the SHS roster, and Mullaly highlighted the Seahawks showdown with the Kardinals. Norcross wrestled his way to a quick victory in the 120-pound weight class. Mullaly, part of a talented freshman class at Seward, won the 126-pound matchup by downing Keaton Logston at the 3:05 mark of their contest.

The road didn’t get any easier for the Seahawks in their second pool matchup. The team dropped a 63-3 decision to third-ranked Barrow in its final pool matchup.

Barrow, which went on to finish sixth in the final team standings, won 11 of the 13 matches between the two teams. Mullaly registered Seward’s lone win in the 126-pound bout by wrestling his way to a thrilling 9-7 victory over Krystian Gandia.

James Helberg also turned in a solid outing against Barrow. The SHS standout went all three rounds against the Whalers’ Bilal Zafar before dropping a close 7-4 decision in the 160-pound class.

On Saturday, Seward opened the championship bracket with a first-round matchup with Anchorage Christian. The Lions managed to survive a strong push from the Seahawks and advanced with a 42-36 decision.

Norcross and Mullaly both garnered wins against ACS. Norcross upended Collin Monks with a pin at the 3:05 mark of their match. Mullaly defeated Dale Spann at the 1:03 mark.

Jaden Van Dyke also registered an impressive win for the Seahawks. He claimed a win in the 152-pound bout by pinning ACS’ John Gilder at the 1:57 mark.

Other Seward grapplers notching wins against the Lions were Colt Ogle, Thomas Ooka and Chad Quinn.

With the loss to ACS, Seward fell into a consolation rematch with Barrow, which had suffered a loss to Colony’s junior varsity team in the winner’s semifinals. Barrow won the rematch by a 53-24 margin.

Despite the loss, Norcross and Mullaly closed out their tournament appearances with perfect 3-0 records. Norcross defeated Sammy Keovilayhong for a second time. Mullaly defeated Gandia for a second time, too, besting him at the 1:51 mark of the first period.

Rebekah Christian also came away from the rematch with an impressive victory. She defeated the Lady Whalers’ Amyaa Davis in a 152-pound match.

Other Seward wrestlers appearing in the tournament for Seward included Gabriel Wood, Cyrus PettyLevi Deboard and Hana Cooney.


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