Five wrestlers from the Kenai Peninsula were crowned as individual state champions as the ASAA State Wrestling Championships were contested in both the 1-2-3A and 4A classifications.
1-2-3A State Wrestling Championships
The Nikiski Bulldogs hosted the 1-2-3A wrestling state tournament and finished strong with a second-place in the team scoring behind champion Bethel.
The Bulldogs Kaden Spurgeon won the individual championship at 145 pounds, Nikiski’s only champion. The Bulldogs also qualified Lincoln Johnson at 171 pounds and Nathan Stangel at 130 pounds into the championship finals; however both lost in the final match and finished as state runner-up. Nikiski also recorded three, third place finishes with Josh Brown (135), Corey Green (140), and Tyler Peek ( 145). Trey Zimmerman finished sixth at 103.
Other Peninsula Top Finishers
Vosnesenka’s Joe Martishev battled to a state championship in the 140-pound weight class. Vosnesenka’s Julian Polushkin finished second at 215 pounds.
4A State Wrestling Championships
Three peninsula wrestlers won individual state titles at the 4A ASAA 4A State Wrestling Championships contested at the Curtis C. Menard Arena in Wasilla.
KCHS: Hope Steffensen
Kenai Central High School’s Hope Steffensen finished undefeated in the 103-pound weight class, capping her championship run with a 2-0 overtime decision in the championship round. Hope becomes the second female wrestler to win a state championship in high school wrestling.
SoHi: Austin Tennis
Austin Tennis completed his unbeaten run through the 145-pound weight class with a 21-10 major decision victory in the championship round. Tennis was the top seed in the 145-pound class.
Homer High: Mitch Wyatt
Mitch Wyatt brought home Homer’s lone championship with a victory in the 171 pound, weight class.