By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Mullaly wrestles his way to gold in Wasilla

 

November 23, 2017 | View PDF



If Collin Mullaly isn’t already a household name on the Alaska prep wrestling scene, the Seward High School freshman proved he is well on his way to that status this past weekend at the Lancer Smith Memorial Wrestling Tournament in Wasilla.

Competing in one of the state’s largest tournaments, Mullaly wrestled his way to a gold medal in the junior varsity division. Overall. Mullaly was among more than 840 wrestlers from across the state to participate in the three-day tournament, which was held at the Curtis Menard Sports Complex.

As a team, Seward had nine wrestlers competing in the JV division, including Cole Norcross, who placed fourth in the 120-pound division.

Mullaly, however, highlighted the Seahawks’ outing with a dominating performance. En route to winning the 126-pound championship, he rolled through the field with ease.

Mullaly kicked off his title run with a first-round romp over North Pole’s Elijah Bergles. He pinned Bergles at the 3:18 mark of their first-round matchup. He followed that with a commanding 10-4 victory over Wasilla’s Niles Williams in the next round. After an easy win over Dillingham’s Bobby Nicholson in the quarterfinals, Mullaly ran into his stiffest test. He survived a 10-8 brawl with Ketchikan’s Andy Collins in the semifinals.

In the championship match, he scored a 7-4 decision over Wasilla’s Samuel Logsdon.

Like Mullaly, Norcross proved to be a force in the 120-pound ranks. He posted a 5-2 record in the bracket and advanced to the third-place contest before stumbling.

In the third-place contest, he dropped a 6-2 decision to Glennallen’s Moses Korth.

Norcross opened the tournament with a flurry of wins. He won five of his first six matches, including a 12-8 victory over West Valley’s Freddy Matheson in the consolation semifinals.

Gabriel Wood and Jaden Van Dyke also turned in solid outings for the Seahawks. Wood posted a 2-2 mark in the 113-pound classification. Van Dyke was 2-2 in the 138-pound ranks.

Colt Ogle notched a win for the Seahawks as well. He defeated Lathrop’s Ernest Hollcraft in a second-round match in the 285-pound division. He finished the tournament with a 1-2 record.

Other Seward wrestlers participating in the JV division included Cyrus Petty, Levi Deboard, Chad Quinn and James Helberg.

 

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