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Strong start for PHS wrestling, next test at home


Erik LeDuc/ Petersburg Pilot

The 2014-2015 Petersburg Viking Wrestling Team: Front row, from left, are Nick Hofstad, Buddy Stelmach, Teagan Schwartz, Daryl Toyomura, John Brooks and Kirk Evens. Back row, from left, are Team Manager Marissa Nilsen, Mike File, Nathaniel Lenhard, Austin Dow, Ian Fitts, William Ware, Gus Petersen, Brandon Ware and Cody Stelmach. Not pictured is Henry Short.

Petersburg wrestlers got a taste of what the coming season will have in store for them, coming off a Round Robin tournament hosted in Metlakatla last weekend.

"Everybody wrestled everybody in their weight class," Coach Dan van Swearingen said. "My older guys, my seniors just killed it down there – for the freshman it was kind of an eye opener, this is what high school wrestling is all about."

The wrestling Vikings carry a long legacy of regional championships and strong state performances, proudly hanging banners from victories past along the walls of the mat room where they practice. T...

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