February 21, 2013 | Vol. 39, No. 8

Middle school wrestlers come home champions

The Petersburg Middle School Viking wrestlers traveled to Craig from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 to participate in the Stikine Invitational with eight other teams.

“Petersburg's young athletes represented themselves, their town, their parents and their school very well both on and off the mat,” Coach Rob Schwartz said. “As a coach, I really appreciate that.”

Petersburg came out on top with a team total score of 226.5 followed by Ketchikan with 195.

Individually, the Vikings put up some impressive stats as well.

In the 75 pound weight class, Israel Collison took fifth place; Buddy Stelmach came home the champion and Austin Ratliff took fifth place in the 85 pound weight class and at 90 pounds, Teag Schwartz came in second place.

Henry Short and Zac Christensen took fifth and sixth places in the 95 pound weight class and Chris Burke was named champion at 100 pounds.

Nick Hofstad took third place at 110 pounds and Dale Strong and Britton Erickson brought in fifth and sixth places at 115 pounds.

In the 121 pound class, Nathaniel Lenhard came in third and Julia Evens brought in seventh place.

Ethan File took second place at 127 pounds followed by Alex Bryer in third and Stone Arnce in fourth place.

In the 133 pound weight class, Elisa Larson took fourth place and Marcus Short came in third in the 140 pound class.

Chase Maxwell took third in the 160 pound weight class; Mark Niediffer brought in second at 174 pounds and Brandon Ware was named champion at 210 pounds followed by Abi Bennett in fifth place.

The Vikings had 52 wins, 47 pins and 28 losses for the tournament.

“These young wrestlers are learning to pin their opponents, which made a difference in team points,” Schwartz said. “We had some outstanding victories and some tough losses. We have a lot to learn, but these young wrestlers are working hard and eager to learn. We should have an exciting regional tournament.”

The middle school Vikings will travel to Ketchikan this weekend for the regional tournament.

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