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Blunka captures state championship

December 30th, 2016 | Tommy Wells, The Bristol Bay Times-Dutch Harbor Fisherman Print this article   Email this article  

Blunka Blunka Jr. always felt he was the best wrestler in the state. Now he has the title to prove it.

The New Stuyahok standout wrestled his way to the top spot in the 113-pound weight classification on Saturday and helped lead his team to a 12th-place finish at the 2016 Class 1-2-3A State Wrestling Championships in Anchorage.

Blunka finished off an impressive 4-0 run at the tournament with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Bethel's Avaery Hoffman.

New Stuyahok teammate Jacob Andrew also did well for the Eagles. He finished fourth in the 98-pound standings.

As a team, New Stuyahok scored 44 points and finished just 11 points shy of a top 10 finish. Bethel won its record seventh Class 1-2-3A state championship by scoring 264.5 points. Homer, Barrow, Sitka and Petersburg rounded out the top five.

Other New Stuyahok wrestlers competing at the state tournament were Joachim Gumlickpuk, Tyler Andrew and Jonathan Oyaluk.

New Styahok wasn't the only Southwest team making a strong showing at the state meet. Dillingham and Unalaska both finished in the top 20.

Justin Dye and Dillon Chaney highlighted the Wolverines' efforts in the event. Both finished fifth in their divisions.

Dye, who finished the year at 27-12, nailed down fifth in the 113-pound standings with a win over Craig's Zack Giron. Chaney defeated Craig's Bryan Castle to net fifth in the 138-pound standings.

Other DHS wrestlers competing at state for the Wolverines included Jimmy Nicolai, Tanner Savo, Jesse Noden, Chris Williams, Tanner Noden, Joseph Wassilly-Walker, Patrick Murphy, Tristan Chaney, Jayden Miller, Sam Jenkins, Zachary Tilden, Mathew Krause and Jack Allen.

Nathaniel Seman powered Unalaska to 20th in the final team standings with a fifth-place mark in the 182-pound classification. He turned in a 4-2 mark in the state meet, including a 13-3 win over Grace Christian's Eliott Merriner in the fifth-place contest.

Overall, Seman finished the year at 25-9.

Also notching wins were Connor McCracken, Trey Henning, Seth Henning and Chester Salu.

Other Southwest grapplers competing in the state tournament included Sand Point's Mike Stroud and Wolf Jackson, King Cove's Dylan Larsen and Anthoney Reeve, and Newhalen's Jared Paine.

Boys State Wrestling Tournament Final Results

1?Bethel 264.5

2. Homer 246.0

3. Barrow 114

4. Sitka 99

5. Petersburg 89.5

6. Glennallen 84.5

7. Kotzebue 82

8?Houston 64

8?Wrangell 64

10?Voznesenka 55

11?Grace Christian 45.5

12?New Stuyahok


13?Craig 42

14?Susitna Valley 41

15?Dillingham 39

16?Klawock 36

17?Nikiski 34

18?Cordova 32

19?Holy Rosary Academy 27

20?Unalaska 26

21?Thorne Bay 23

22?Nome 22

23?Eek 21

24?Aniak 20

24?Mt. Edgecumbe 20

26?Anchorage Christian 19

27?Galena 18

27?Skagway 18

29?Eielson 17

30?Hutchison 16

30?Shaktoolik 16

32?Noatak 15

33?Unalakleet 13

34?Napaskiak 12

35?Hydaburg 11

36?Seward 10

37?Delta 8

38?Metlakatla 6

39?King Cove 5

39?Valdez 5

41?Nenana 3

41?Newhalen 3

41?Nunapitchuk 3

41?Selawik 3

45?Glacier View 2

46?Elim 0

46?Emmonak 0

46?Haines 0

46?Monroe Catholic 0

46?Noorvik 0

46?Redington 0

46?Sand Point 0


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