Lathrop topples West Valley in first high school wrestling match of the year

Lathrop defeated West Valley on the opening day of high school wrestling in Fairbanks.
Lathrop defeated West Valley on the opening day of high school wrestling in Fairbanks.(Jordan Rodenberger (KTVF))
Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 7:03 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Fairbanks-area wrestlers have been craving to get back on the mat since December 2019 - the conclusion of the high school state wrestling tournament. Typically a fall sport, the season was moved to the spring to allow enough time for COVID mitigation plans to be put into place, which include testing 72 hours prior to competition. While it is not traditionally a spring sport, wrestlers from Lathrop and West Valley ignited the start of the spring sports season with a head-to-head match on the mats of the Joe T. Court.

Lathrop continues to field strong numbers and strong grapplers, as the girl’s program placed runner-up and the boy’s took third at state the last time they took to the mats. As for West Valley, their numbers were significantly smaller than in years past, forfeiting 14 matches, with a total of 17 forfeits taking place Wednesday night. The Malemutes won each of the seven official matches that were scored, while several exhibitions that were not counted took place afterward.

Girls 125Alysa Stigall (LHS) over Mika Olson (WV)MD 9-1
Girls 160Heaven Matheny (LHS) over Drew Wood-Crozier (WV)Fall 0:17
Girls 235Roane Cook (LHS) over Alice Bent (WV)Fall 4:22
Boys 125Roberto Lechuga Porras (LHS) over Andrew Dosland (WV)Fall 1:57
Boys 130Aaron Peterson (LHS) over Chase Valentine (WV)Dec 13-6
Boys 135Colton Parduhn (LHS) over Zadock Hawkins (WV)Fall 1:21
Boys 285Noah Curtis (LHS) over Peter Machione (WV)Dec 6-5
ExhibitionDustin Lozano (WV) over Megan Spencer (LHS)Fall 2:00
ExhibitionRiley Williams (LHS) over Andrew Dosland (WV)Fall 0:55
ExhibitionJaxon Webb (LHS) over Chase Valentine (WV)Fall 1:34
ExhibitionJeremy Bockert (LHS) over Zadock Hawkins (WV)Fall 2:58
ExhibitionAiyana Erhart (LHS) over Mika Olson (WV) Fall 5:35
ExhibitionMcKenzie Hayes (LHS) over Drew Wood-Crozier (WV)Fall 5:06
ExhibitionAlice Bent (WV) over Zoe Dalrymple (LHS)Fall 3:22
ExhibitionIan Werner (LHS) over Andrew Dosland (WV)MD 14-2

Remaining 2021 Region VI Wrestling Schedule (Tentative)

April 12Eielson, Delta, Hutch, LathropLathrop
April 14North Pole, West ValleyWest Valley
April 16-17Hutchison, West ValleyPalmer
April 21West Valley, North PoleNorth Pole
April 23Eielson, Hutchison, West ValleyWest Valley
April 27Delta, Hutch, North Pole, EielsonEielson
April 30-May 1John Tobin Tournament (North Pole, Lathrop, West Valley, Eielson, Hutch, Delta, Valdez, Wasilla)North Pole
May 5West Valley, Eielson, Hutch, DeltaDelta
May 5North Pole, LathropLathrop
May 7-8Delta, Valdez, GlennallenGlennallen
May 14-15Girls RegionalsGlennallen
May 14-15Denali Conference RegionalsGlennallen
May 15Mid Alaska Conference RegionalsWest Valley
May 21-22ASAA DI State TournamentTBD Anchorage
ASAA DII State TournamentTBD Anchorage
ASAA Girls TournamentTBD Anchorage

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