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Viking wrestlers take fourth in Bill Weiss bouts, readying for regions


Taylor Balkom / Ketchikan Daily News

Petersburg's John Brooks was matched up against Juneau's Hunter Boyer, his only defeat of the tournament.

Throughout history, sages and generals have proclaimed that the greatest teacher a man may have is his adversary, and Vikings wrestlers hit a bit of a learning curve at the Bill Weiss tournament in Ketchikan as they faced off against some of their toughest competition yet, taking fourth for the tournament.

Though Coach Dan Van Swearengen had initially planned to rest more of the team, the lure of the prestigious tournament still called out nine wrestlers, who typically picked up rankings between second and third, with Billy Ware, in the 152-pounds division, as the sole champion.

Ware, No. 1...

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