Middle School wrestlers bring home fourth place in Region V Tournament
Petersburg’s Buddy Stelmach was the tournament champion in the 85 pound weight class, with 24 points and three pins.
The Petersburg Middle School Viking wrestlers traveled to Ketchikan to participate in the Region V Tournament recently and came home fourth place winners. Petersburg scored 169.5 points as a team and came in just behind Sitka with 175.5; Wrangell with 190 and Ketchikan placed first in the tournament with 266.5 points.
"The middle school Viking wrestling team represented their school and community well this season," Coach Rob Schwartz said. "It was a tough regional tournament against some talented competition."
Petersburg had a champion in Buddy Stelmach of the 85 pound weight class with 24 points and three pins.
Runners up for the competition were Nathaniel Lenhard in the 121 pound weight class with 19.5 points, three wins, one pin and one loss; Mike File in the 133 pound class with 18 points, two wins, one pin and one loss; Isaiah May in the 148 pound weight class with 18 points, two wins, two pins and one loss; Mark Neidiffer in the 174 pound weight class with 16 points, one win, one pin and one loss; Brandon Ware in the 210 pound weight class with 16 points, one win, one pin and one loss.
Third place winners were Chris Burke in the 105 weight class with 13 points, three wins, one pin and one loss; Ethan File in the 127 weight class with 16 points, three wins, three pins and one loss and Abigail Bennett in the 210 weight class with seven points.
The Vikings had one fourth place winner in the 160 pound weight class. Chase Maxwell scored 13 points with two wins, two pins and two losses.
"This entire team has worked hard, and they are eager to keep training to improve their conditioning and wrestling skills," Schwartz stated. "This is an enthusiastic team, and we are excited about working with these wrestlers in the future."
Schwartz also explained that they had a lot of support from parents, high school wrestlers, school staff, administration and the community to make this season as successful as it was.