Whalers place 6th at Peninsula Duals
The Barrow Whalers continued to turn heads on the wrestling mat this past weekend. The team wrestled its way to a sixth-place finish at the 2017 Peninsula Duals in Nikiski. Barrow, which is ranked third in the latest Class 3A wrestling poll, turned in a 4-3 mark in the two-day meet.
The Whalers split two duals on the first day of the tournament. Despite wins from Ben Heather and Jay Rick Nobleza, the Whalers suffered a 49-28 loss to Colony's junior varsity team in the first round. The second-ranked wrestler in the 220-pound division, Heather posted an easy 15-3 victory over Colony's Tyde Riopelle. Nobleza notched an overtime win over Quinten Sereyko in the 132-pound match.
Bradley Brower also garnered a key win, defeating Dylan Holes by a convincing 7-1.
The Whalers rebounded from the loss to Colony in grand fashion. Barrow won all but one weight classification en route to racing to a 63-3 win over Seward. Sione Tuifua and Sammy Keovilayhong both turned in big wins in the match, as did Nobleza, Brower, Calvin Miller, Amyaa Davis and Bilal Zafar.
Barrow kicked off Saturday's championship bracket action with a bang. They posted a 63-6 victory over Nikiski. Eve Negovanna was among the top wrestlers for BHS against Nikiski. She notched a win in the 160-pound division by downing Chloe Grogan at the 3:29 mark of her bout.
The Whalers suffered a tough loss to Homer in the quarterfinal round, falling 52-18. With the loss, Barrow dropped into a consolation showdown with Seward. Like earlier, the Whalers had little trouble with the Seahawks, winning a 53-24 battle.
The win over Seward propelled Barrow into a consolation semifinal showdown with Voznesenka on Saturday afternoon. The Whalers, sparked by wins from Nobleza and Miller, rolled to an easy 54-16 win over the Cougars and earned a berth in the fifth-place contest against Dillingham.
Dillingham earned a 48-30 win in the final match.
Barrow will return to action this weekend when they compete in the Lancer Smith Memorial Tournament.