The Bethel Warriors hosted the Great Alaska Conference wrestling tournament this past weekend at the WarriorDome. First and second place wrestlers will have automatic berths at the state wrestling championship this week, December 17-18, 2021 in Anchorage.
Wrestlers from Aniak, Chevak, Emmonak, Hooper Bay, Kotlik, Mountain Village, Napaskiak, Quinhagak, Scammon Bay, St. Mary’s, and Unalaska joined the Warriors at the WarriorDome for two days of wrestling finals.
Eleven Bethel Warrior wrestlers earned berths to the state championships: Alvino Vasquez and Liam Phelan (103 lb.), Landon Smith (119 lb.) who will be entering the state tournament with an undefeated record, Paul Dyment (125 lb.), Joseph Smith and Aaron Mute (130 lb.), Charles Smith (145 lb.), Ellis Johnson (152 lb.), Jordan Leinberger (160 lb.), Mason Fitka (171 lb.) and Landon Burke (215 lb.).
Napaskiak’s Seth Jacob (112 lb.) also finished in the top two and will be headed to state. Quinhagak will send Daylon Brown (112 lb.) and Jerritt Nicholai (135 lb.). Hooper Bay will send August Seton (119 lb.) and Thomas Smith (189 lb.). Kaden Tangiegak (125 lb.), Awesome Ulroan (140 lb.), John Pingayak (145 lb.), and Avron Atchak (152 lb.) will go for Chevak. Scammon Bay’s Cassius Sundown (135 lb.) and Adrian Kopanuk (160 lb.) has also earned a spot at state.
And fresh off of the Mixed 6 state championship court is Nafre Bagongon (140 lb.) of Emmonak who earned a spot on the state bracket.
St. Mary’s will send David Beans (171 lb.), Ethan Alstrom (285 lb.) and Matthew Afcan (285 lb.). Unalaska wrestler Matheas Lopez (215 lb.) also earned a state berth.
St. Mary’s won the Academic Award with a 3.89 GPA. Adrian Kopanuk (Scammon Bay) was voted the Outstanding Wrestler.
Wrestlers who did not place in the top two still have a chance to go to state if they are chosen to fill the at-large berths.
2021 Great Alaska Conference Wrestling Championship Boys Results
December 9-10, 2021
1st Alvino Vasquez, Bethel High School
2nd Liam Phelan, Bethel High School
3rd Brendon Brown, Quinhagak
4th Preston Prunes, Mountain Village
5th Keegan Ward, Aniak
1st Daylon Brown, Quinhagak
2nd Seth Jacob, Napaskiak
3rd Sheldon Smith, Bethel High School
4th Ayagarak Bill, Mountain Village
6th Ashton Charlie, Napakiak
6th Dylan Brown, Quinhagak
1st Landon Smith, Bethel High School
2nd August Seton, Hooper Bay
3rd Marshal Nicholai, Napaskiak
4th Aubrey Kasayuli, Scammon Bay
1st Paul Dyment, Bethel High School
2nd Kaden Tangiegak, Chevak
3rd Eldred Paradeza, Unalaska
4th Leo Moore, Emmonak
1st Joseph Smith, Bethel High School
2nd Aaron Mute, Bethel High School
3rd Keegan Tangiegak, Chevak
4th Dante Nukusuk, Hooper Bay
1st Cassius Sundown, Scammon Bay
2nd Jerritt Nicholai, Quinhagak
3rd Logan Moore, Emmonak
4th Shawn McIntyre, Bethel High School
5th Andrae Shorty, Emmonak
1st Nafre Bagongon, Emmonak
2nd Awesome Ulroan, Chevak
3rd Liam Pingayak, Chevak
4th Derrell Andrews, Emmonak
1st Charles Smith, Bethel High School
2nd John Pingayak, Chevak
3rd Mitchell Kaganak, Scammon Bay
4th Jonathan Alexie Jr., Quinhagak
5th Sam Peterson, Aniak
1st Avron Atchak, Chevak
2nd Ellis Johnson, Bethel High School
3rd Miguel Torres, Unalaska
4th Uriah Tonuchuk, Kotlik School
5th Albert Yunak, Scammon Bay
1st Adrian Kopanuk, Scammon Bay
2nd Jordan Leinberger, Bethel High School
3rd Greg Larson, Napaskiak
4th Patricio Vasquez, Bethel High School
6th Edmond Pingayak, Hooper Bay
6th Sherman Kelila, Aniak
1st Mason Fitka, Bethel High School
2nd David Beans, St Mary`s
3rd Cameron Tai, St Mary`s
4th Dale Gregory, Emmonak
1st Thomas Smith, Hooper Bay
1st Landon Burke, Bethel High School
2nd Matheas Lopez, Unalaska
3rd Jeffery Tunutmoak, Scammon Bay
4th Zahcory Jacobs-McDonald, Bethel High School
1st Ethan Alstrom, St Mary`s
2nd Matthew Afcan, St Mary`s
Team Scores: 1 Bethel, 231.5; 2 Chevak, 82; 3 Scammon Bay, 68; 4 Quinhagak, 66; 5 St Mary`s, 53; 6 Napaskiak, 46; 7 Emmonak, 39; 8 Hooper Bay, 36; 9 Unalaska, 29; 10 Mountain Village, 19; 11 Kotlik School, 8; 12 Napakiak, 3; 13 Aniak.
Great Alaska Conference girls wrestling results
Lady wrestlers in the Great Alaska Conference had their regional tournament in Bethel last weekend, hosted by the Warriors. The top two placing wrestlers will be headed to the state tournament this week, December 17-19, 2021.
Teams from Alakanuk, Chevak, Emmonak, Hooper Bay, Napakiak, Napaskiak, Scammon Bay, St. Mary’s, Quinhagak, Tuntutuliak, Unalaska decended upon the WarriorDome in Bethel, joining the host team – the Bethel Warriors.
Lady Warriors who earned berths at the state tournament include Emilie Madson (103 lb.), Jordan Klejka (119 lb.), Briella Herron (125 lb.), Fiona Phelan (130 lb.), Payton Boney (135 lb.) and Isabel Lieb (145 lb.).
Angelina Chiklak (103 lb.) and Michelle Atcherian (112 lb.) also earned berths. Quinhagak will send Chayland Pleasant (112 lb.). Mixed 6 state finalist and volleyball star Kilee Fratis of Emmonak (119 lb.) is also going to state along with her teammate Tawny Redfox (235 lb.).
Scammon Bay wrestlers Liliauna Simon (125 lb.), April Uttereyuk (130 lb.), Kaylee Simon (145 lb.), Shyanne Kopanuk (189 lb.), and Seeya Rivers (235 lb.) also earned spots. Napaskiak’s Hilary Larson will also compete at state in the 135 lb. bracket.
Alakanuk’s Jacelyn Chikigak will also wrestle at state in the 160 lb. division. She was voted the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler. Unalaska will send Kirsten Henning for the same bracket. Tuntutuliak’s Chandra Stone also earned a berth at state for 189 lb.
There are still the at-large berths that will be filled by wrestlers who did not place in the top two.
2021 Great Alaska Conference Wrestling Championship Girls Results
December 9-10, 2021
1st Emilie Madson, Bethel
2nd Angelina Chiklak, Chevak
3rd Emma Friendly, Tuntutuliak
4th Ashley Tinker, St. Mary`s
6th Hayden Naneng, Bethel
6th Jesselynn Logusak, Quinhagak
1st Chayland Pleasant, Quinhagak
2nd Michelle Atcherian, Chevak
3rd Cadence Cedars, Bethel
4th Benise Tinker, Hooper Bay
1st Kilee Fratis, Emmonak
2nd Jordan Klejka, Bethel
3rd Flora Nanuk, Scammon Bay
4th Zenovia Pavila, Tuntutuliak
1st Briella Herron, Bethel
2nd Liliauna Simon, Scammon Bay
1st Fiona Phelan, Bethel
2nd April Uttereyuk, Scammon Bay
3rd Henrietta Kelly, St. Mary`s
4th Mildred Tinker, St. Mary`s
1st Payton Boney, Bethel
2nd Hilary Larson, Napaskiak
1st Isabel Lieb, Bethel
2nd Kaylee Simon, Scammon Bay
3rd Lynn Fayram, Unalaska
4th Sandra Tunutmoak, Scammon Bay
1st Jacelyn Chikigak, Alakanuk
2nd Kirsten Henning, Unalaska
3rd Haley Tagoai, Alakanuk
1st Chandra Stone, Tuntutuliak
2nd Shyanne Kopanuk, Scammon Bay
1st Seeya Rivers, Scammon Bay
2nd Tawny Redfox, Emmonak
Team Scores: 1 Bethel, 132; 2 Scammon Bay, 79; 3 Tuntutuliak, 40; 4 Chevak, 39; 5 Alakanuk, 31; 6 Emmonak, 30; 6 St. Mary`s, 30; 8 Quinhagak, 29; 9 Unalaska, 21; 10 Hooper Bay, 15; 11 Napaskiak, 10; 12 Napakiak, 0.0.