Henning, Ruckman lead Raiders to 24th
Seth Henning and Dustin Ruckman both recorded multiple wins this past weekend and helped power the Unalaska Raiders to a solid showing at the Lancer Smith Memorial Wrestling Tournament in Wasilla. The Raiders, who only entered eight athletes in the meet, rolled up 27 points and finished in a tie with Holy Rosary Academy for 24th in the final team standings.
Colony, the top-ranked Class 4A team in the state, captured the team crown with 227 points. Lathrop and South Anchorage finished second and third, respectively.
Henning highlighted the Raiders' efforts during the tournament, winning three matches en route to taking sixth in the 195-pound standings.
After dropping his opener on Thursday to North Pole's Bradley Antesberger, Henning found his groove. He reeled off back-to-back wins over Wasilla's Jeffrey Palmer and Lathrop's Tyrese Finley in order to reach the third round of the consolation bracket. In his fourth outing, he claimed a thrilling 9-7 win over Nikiski's Tyler Litke and earned a berth in the consolation semifinals.
Unfortunately for Henning, his win streak was snapped in the semifinals as Ketchikan's Cameron Harris claimed the win. He also lost his fifth-place match, falling to Barrow's Sione Tuifua.
Like Henning, Ruckman wrestled his way to plenty of respect at the meet. He went 2-2 in the 132-pound classification.
Curtis Jeppesen, Blaine Henning, Talon Shaishnikoff and Johny Khongsuk also garnered wins. Jeppesen went 1-2 in the 113-pound ranks, notching a win over Kotzebue's Coltrane Chase. Henning was 1-2 in the 126-pound class, with his win coming via a 10-2 decision over Kodiak's Riley Birbilis. Shaishnikoff defeated Thunder Mountain's Derek Mason en route to a 1-2 mark in the 182-pound bracket.
Khongsuk went 1-2 in the 220-pound division.
Chris Garcia and John Esnardo also competed in the tournament for the Raiders.