The Colony Knights scored a team title and a Palmer senior earned an outstanding wrestler honor in the Lancer Smith Memorial, which has become the biggest and toughest prep wrestling tournament in the state.
Colony finished with 255.5 total points in the team standings during the two-day tournament hosted by Palmer High School at the Menard Arena in Wasilla. Palmer senior Trinity Pendergrass was named the Lancer Smith Girls Most Outstanding Wrestler after pinning Lathrop’s Kierstyn Bockert, a defending state champion, in the 119-pound final.
In the boys tournament, Colony crowned three champions and placed a dozen in the top six.
Colony junior Elijah Larson, seeded third, beat the top two seeds en route to the 145-pound title. Larson, now 25-0, scored a 17-2 win by technical fall over second-seeded Aaron Johnson of Lathrop in the semifinals. Larson followed with a 7-3 win over top-seeded Degan Linne of Ketchikan in the final.
Colony senior Carter Silva improved to 21-0 with a 9-5 win over South Anchorage’s Aaron Concepcion in the 135-pound final. Colony sophomore Matthew Mitchell improved to 15-0 with a 5-4 win over East Anchorage’s Kenton Cooke in the 125-pound final.
Asher Clayton (112), Elias Cordell (119) and Daniel Van Slyke (285) also advanced to the finals for the Knights and finished second. Blake Harris (103), Ty Harmon (130), Jeffrey Reynolds (140), Nolan Gallagher (160) and Tanner Thornhill (189) placed fourth for Cooony, and Evan Holmes (130) was fifth.
Palmer was fifth in the team standings with 124 points. Antonio Woodfork led the Moose with an individual title. Woodfork, a senior who improved to 25-0, beat Redington senior Charles Severance 11-4 in the 152-pound final. Severance is a defending Division II state champion.
Kael Salisbury (103) and Preston Long (171) finished third for the Moose, and Cody Vansiegman (125) was fourth. Braydden Ellibee (119), Luke Peltier (160) and Lucas Frank (189) placed sixth.
Tyler Foss (130) and Fred Elvsaas (140) led Wasilla with runner-up finishes. Chase Foss (112) and James Lackey (215) were fourth, Joseph Spangler (103) and Elijah Allen (112) placed fifth, and Bradley Kenney (171) was sixth for Wasilla.
Pendergrass was one of three Valley wrestlers to win a title in the girls tournament.
Colony freshman Sarah Callender beat East senior Maysa Brown 4-1 to win the 135-pound final. Redington senior Twyla Anderson scored a 13-0 major decision over Service’s Brandee Lockett in the 189-pound final.
Colony’s Kalayia Fawecett (160) placed second, Grayce Stigen (119) and Kaitlyn Cottrell (145) were third, Theresa Savo (112) was fourth, anc Amelia Fawcett (125), Marissa Aneson (135) and Aspen Kelly (160) placed sixth.
Palmer’s Avery Long (125) was a runner-ip, and Kaylee Reich (125), Nena Trout (130), Selene Farris (135) and Noelle Buck (189) placed fourth for the Moose.
Wasilla’s Kaelynn Seidl (103) and Olivia Probasco (112) placed fifth and sixth. Redington’s Nikayla Miller was fourth at 160.
The 19th annual Lancer Smith Memorial included more than 800 total wrestlers from 48 teams combined in the youth, junior varsity, varsity and girls tournaments.
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