Falcons wrestling soars to new heights at the state meet

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Thunder Mountain High School placed a program-best seventh at the ASAA Division I wrestling state championships on Saturday in Anchorage.

Colony won Wrestling the team title with 333 points, and South Anchorage was runner-up with 280 points. TMHS finished with 98 points, a sign the program is headed in the right direction. Just under 20 teams competed at the two-day event at the Alaska Airlines Center on the campus of the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

“As a whole, we wrestled really good and I have a good feeling about going into next year,” TMHS coach Josh Houston said. “We have a pretty young team, and next year I suspect we’re going to be even stronger and have a better showing.”

State runner-ups Jahrease Mays and Nick Tipton and three other Falcons mounted the podium in their respective weight classes. Mays lost in the 125-pound finals to Simon Keffalos and Tipton came up just short against Chugiak’s Daniel Niebles in the 189-pound finals. Prior to Saturday, Cody Weldon (2016 state champion) and Carl Tupou (2017 state champion) were the only TMHS wrestlers to reach the state title match. The program has appeared at the state meet for the last 11 years, the last four as a combined team with Juneau-Douglas High School.

TMHS qualified wrestlers in 10 of the 14 total weight classes, with Carson Cummins, Mays, Tipton, Camden Erickson and Jake Ferster placing in the top six to make the podium.

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