Wrangell junior Della Churchill pins Mt. Edgecumbe junior Nevaeh George in the girls 114-pound championship match of the 2023 ASAA Region V wrestling tournament Saturday at Thunder Mountain High School. Churchill was selected the Girls Outstanding Wrestler in the tournament. (Klas Stolpe/ For the Juneau Empire)

Wrangell junior Della Churchill pins Mt. Edgecumbe junior Nevaeh George in the girls 114-pound championship match of the 2023 ASAA Region V wrestling tournament Saturday at Thunder Mountain High School. Churchill was selected the Girls Outstanding Wrestler in the tournament. (Klas Stolpe/ For the Juneau Empire)

Mt. Edgecumbe wins ASAA Region V Division II and Girls Wrestling Championships

Wrangell’s Della Churchill, Haines Leo Wald selected outstanding wrestlers

Mt. Edgecumbe High School won both the Girls and Division II team titles at the 2023 ASAA Region V Wrestling Championships on Saturday at Thunder Mountain High School.

Wrangell 114-pound junior Della Churchill was selected the Girls Outstanding Wrestler and Haines 171-pound senior Leo Wald the DII Outstanding Wrestler. Haines also won the team Sportsmanship

The Lady Braves tallied 104 points to escape a solid push from Ketchikan with 103, Wrangell had 82, Metlakatla 53, Hoonah 28, Petersburg 23, Hydaburg 22, Craig 20, Southeast Island School District 0 and the Braves scored 202 points, Haines 138, WRG 134, Sitka 86.5, PSG 51, CRG 23, Kake 16, HNH 15, Skagway 15, SISD 7, MET 3 and HYD 0.

Ketchikan senior Julia Biagi works to pin Mt. Edgecumbe senior Makenna Beans in the 126-pound girls championship match of the 2023 ASAA Region V wrestling tournament Saturday at Thunder Mountain High School. Biagi won by pin. (Klas Stolpe/ For the Juneau Empire)

Ketchikan senior Julia Biagi works to pin Mt. Edgecumbe senior Makenna Beans in the 126-pound girls championship match of the 2023 ASAA Region V wrestling tournament Saturday at Thunder Mountain High School. Biagi won by pin. (Klas Stolpe/ For the Juneau Empire)

The first match of the finals started with an unusual occurrence with MEHS 100-pound senior Sarah Nanouk-Jones earning a takedown in the first 30 seconds over WRG freshman Sophia Martinsen. Martinsen would reverse her position with 50 seconds left in the first period, but the reversal involved a penalty issued to Martinsen for locking her hands. In that situation the other wrestler has a chance to better her position before the referee enforces the penalty. Unfortunately Nanouk-Jones suffered an injury during the move and could not continue the match. However she did receive a penalty point and the win.

WRG would get title wins by 107-pound freshman Hailey Cook, 114-pound Churchill, 152-pound Mia Wiederspohn and 165-pound Katelynn Gillen and KTN had title wins by 126-pound Julia Biagi and 132-pound Abigail Henson while MEHS relied on multiple wrestlers scoring across the weekend for the team trophy, including twin 132-pound seniors Sarah and Audrey Bahnke. HNH, 120-pound junior Krista Howland, HYD 138-pound junior Macy Alander, CRG 152-pound sophomore Abigail Patten and 185-pound MET sophomore Felicity Leisholmn had title wins.

Wrangell senior Keegan Hanson pins Mt. Edgecumbe senior Atigun Pensley in the 152-pound Division II championship match of the 2023 ASAA Region V wrestling tournament Saturday at Thunder Mountain High School. (Klas Stolpe/ For the Juneau Empire)

Wrangell senior Keegan Hanson pins Mt. Edgecumbe senior Atigun Pensley in the 152-pound Division II championship match of the 2023 ASAA Region V wrestling tournament Saturday at Thunder Mountain High School. (Klas Stolpe/ For the Juneau Empire)

On the boys side MEHS had title wins from 103-pound freshman Ben Belluta unopposed, 119-pound junior Evan Andrew and 285-pound sophomore Donovan Standifer and, again, a variety of wins through the weekend. HNS 112-pound junior Hayden Jimenez, 145-pound sophomore Nolan Wald, 160-pound junior Dalton Henry, and L. Wald and Wrangell 125-pound sophomore Ben Houser, 130-pound freshman Jackson Carney, 140-pound sophomore Ian Nelson and 152-pound senior Keegan Hanson had title wins. Championships also went to SIT 135-pound senior Kai Davis, 215-pound classmate Aiden Ojala and CRG 189-pound senior Bryant Holloway who did a backflip off the medal stand during award presentations.

Haines senior Leo Wald attempts to pin Mt. Edgecumbe junior Richard Didrickson during their 171-pound championship match of the 2023 ASAA Region V wrestling tournament Saturday at Thunder Mountain High School. Leo Wald was voted the Division II Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament. (Klas Stolpe/ For the Juneau Empire)

Haines senior Leo Wald attempts to pin Mt. Edgecumbe junior Richard Didrickson during their 171-pound championship match of the 2023 ASAA Region V wrestling tournament Saturday at Thunder Mountain High School. Leo Wald was voted the Division II Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament. (Klas Stolpe/ For the Juneau Empire)

GIRLS FINAL PLACINGS

100 pounds: 1st Sarah Nanouk-Jones, sr. MEHS; 2nd Sophia Martinsen, fr. WRG.

107: 1st Hailey Cook, fr. WRG; 2nd Dorothea Okitkun, jr. MEHS; 3rd Gabrielle Bueno, jr. KTN; 4th Miette Adams, sr. MET.

114: 1st Della Churchill, jr. WRG; 2nd Nevaeh George, jr. MEHS; 3rd Hayden Naneng, jr. MEHS; 4th Meg Thompson, so. KTN; 5th MJ Jasper, so. KTN; 6th Chloe Lane, so. HNH.

120: 1st Krista Howland, jr. HNH; 2nd Summer Boling, so. KTN; 3rd Lakell Deinhardt, sr. PSG; 4th Minh-thu Vo, so. KTN; 5th Violet Anania, fr. SISD; 6th Andrea Westdahl, fr. MEHS.

126: 1st Julia Biagi, sr. KTN; 2nd Makenna Beans, sr. MEHS; 3rd Shannon McCarty, jr. MET; 4th Nya Eby, jr. PSG

132: 1st Abigail Henson, jr. KTN; 2nd Audrey Bahnke, sr. MEHS; 3rd Sarah Bahnke, sr. MEHS; 4th Fyscher Humphrey, fr. PSG; 5th Kyah Martin, fr. HNH; 6th Mackenzie Williams, fr. MET.

138: 1st Macy Alander, jr. HYD; 2nd Isadora Oliver, sr. KTN; 3rd Maelyn Westdahl, jr. MEHS; 4th Sarah Weyhmiller, jr. KTN; 5th Liliana Wainscott, fr. SISD.

145: 1st Abigail Patten, so. CRG; 2nd Dannica Hayward, fr. MET; 3rd Riley Dock, so. MEHS; 4th Aryah Dybdahl, fr. HNH.

152:1st Mia Wiederspohn, sr. WRG; 2nd Lexi Cook, jr. MET.

165: 1st Katelynn Gillen, jr. WRG; 2nd Vanessa Johnson, jr. WRG.

185: 1st Felicity Leisholmn, so. MET.

Hoonah junior Krista Howland takes down Ketchikan sophomore Summer Boling in the 120-pound girls championship match of the 2023 ASAA Region V wrestling tournament Saturday at Thunder Mountain High School. (Klas Stolpe/ For the Juneau Empire)

Hoonah junior Krista Howland takes down Ketchikan sophomore Summer Boling in the 120-pound girls championship match of the 2023 ASAA Region V wrestling tournament Saturday at Thunder Mountain High School. (Klas Stolpe/ For the Juneau Empire)

DII FINAL PLACINGS

103: 1st Ben Belluta, fr. MEHS.

112: 1st Hayden Jimenez, jr. HNS; 2nd Cooper Power, fr. WRG; 3rd Brenden Moncibaiz, so. SKG; 4th – Franz Fermoyle, sr. MEHS.

119: 1st Evan Andrew, jr. MEHS; 2nd Boomchain Loucks, so. WRG; 3rd Kyan Stead, jr. WRG.

125: 1st Ben Houser, so. WRG; 2nd Elden Andrew, so. MEHS; 3rd Gerred Garrison, so. HNH; 4th Darius Nanok, fr. MEHS; 5th Sam Davis, so. SIT; 6th Bruce Roelfs, so. MET.

130: 1st Jackson Carney, fr. WRG; 2nd Evander Elixman, sr. SIT; 3rd Talen Davis, jr. KAK; 4th Nathaniel Vincler, fr. MEHS; 5th Justice Collins, fr. SISD; 6th Aulis Nelson, fr. CRG.

135: 1st Kai Davis, sr. SIT; 2nd Colton Combs, so. HNS; 3rd Aiden Andrew, fr. MEHS; 4th Dashel Huskey, so. HNH; 5th Killan Hammock, fr. SIT; 6th Lawrence Howland, fr. HNH.

140: 1st Ian Nelson, so.WRG; 2nd Radson Paul, so. MEHS; 3rd Jackson Powers, so. WRG; 4th Franklin Jimmy, fr. SIT; 5th Elijah Trujillo, fr. HNS.

145: 1st Nolan Wald, so. HNS; 2nd Torian Dull, so. MEHS; 3rd Jacob Wassily-Merlino, so. MEHS; 4th Everett Meissner, fr. WRG.

Craig senior Bryant Holloway takes down Haines sophomore James Stickler in the 189-pound Division II championship match of the 2023 ASAA Region V wrestling tournament Saturday at Thunder Mountain High School. Holloway won by technical fall 15-0. (Klas Stolpe/ For the Juneau Empire)

Craig senior Bryant Holloway takes down Haines sophomore James Stickler in the 189-pound Division II championship match of the 2023 ASAA Region V wrestling tournament Saturday at Thunder Mountain High School. Holloway won by technical fall 15-0. (Klas Stolpe/ For the Juneau Empire)

152: 1st Keegan Hanson, sr. WRG; 2nd Atigun Pensley, sr. MEHS; 3rd Carlos Sandoval, so. MEHS; 4th Eli Anderson, fr. PSG; 5th Michael Jones, fr. SISD; 6th George Lee, so. MEHS.

160: 1st Dalton Henry, jr. HNS; 2nd Samson Smith, jr. MEHS; 3rd Kaden Duke, jr. PSG; 4th Colton Collins, fr. SISD; 5th William Massin, so. WRG; 6th Jorge Sandoval, fr. MEHS.

171: 1st Leo Wald, sr. HNS; 2nd Richard Didrickson, jr. MEHS; 3rd Jonas Anderson, sr. PSG; 4th Kolby Clark-Pruitt, so. MEHS; 5th Porter Hudson, fr. MET.

189: 1st Bryant Holloway, sr. CRG; 2nd James Stickler, so. HNS; 3rd Paaraq Nelson, sr. MEHS; 4th Vance Milligrock, fr. MET; 5th Arthur Frank, CRG; 6th Kelly Michielssen, so. MET.

215: 1st Aiden Ojala, sr. SIT; 2nd Jackson Long, sr. HNS; 3rd Silas Ferguson, jr. SIT; 4th Angus Olsen, jr. PSG; 5th Cody Barnes, so. WRG; 6th Josiah Bergtold, fr. MET.

285: 1st Donovan Standifer, so. MEHS; 2nd Dylan Petersen, jr. SIT; 3rd Aiden Clark, jr. KAK; 4th Tristan Ross-Shaquanie, sr. KAK; 5th Maika Olap, so. HYD.

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