Blunka nabs tie-breaker, takes 120-pound title at ACS
Blunka Blunka Jr. knew going into the Lime Solar/Anchorage Christian Invitational that he, sooner or later, would face a stiff challenge for the 120-pound classification championship. It came sooner.
Blunka weathered a tough tiebreaker decision over Bethel's Seth Smith in the semifinal round of the two-day meet and then cruised to the top spot in his division.
Backed by Blunka's victory, New Stuyahok wrestled its way to 23rd in the 33-team meet.
After opening the meet with a bye, Blunka didn't waste any time in getting on the winning track. He dispatched Grace Christian's Jackson Reger easily in his opener, claiming a win at the 4:28 mark.
In the quarterfinals, he improved to 2-0 with a quick victory over Seward's Cole Norcross.
His rampage through the division slowed there. Smith battled Blunka to a deadlock in their semifinal showdown. Blunka claimed the victory via a one-point tiebreaker.
Blunka put his struggles against Smith behind him in the finals. He rolled to an impressive 11-2 decision over Bethel's Avery Hoffman in the championship round.
Jacob Andrew also turned in a solid showing for the Eagles. He went 2-2 in the 106-pound bracket.
Ivan Blunka and Anthony Gust also wrestled for New Stuyahok.
Bristol Bay's Logan Phelps highlighted a strong outing by the Angels. He rallied back from a loss in the quarterfinal round to post a 5-2 record and finish fifth in the tough 126-pound classification.
Phelps kicked off the tournament with back-to-back wins in the first two rounds. Following a 15-4 loss to rival Blaine Henning of Unalaska in the quarterfinals, he caught fire again, downing Barrow's Krystian Gandia and Mt. Edgecumbe's Leroy Bradley to earn a spot opposite Grace Christian's Colton Dow in the consolation semifinals.
After dropping an 8-4 decision to Dow, Phelps finished his outing with a 10-3 rout of Hutchison's Khalil Turner in the fifth-place matchup.
Bristol Bay's Dawson Swain and Cort Stewart also appeared in the tournament. Both went 0-2 in their respective weight classifications.
New Stuyahok's Selena Geffe and Bristol Bay's Rachel Smith both competed in the girls' tournament.