Noden, Williams shine at Lancer Smith
Jesse Noden went into the 2017 Lancer Smith Memorial Wrestling Tournament looking to prove he could hold his own against the state's top Division I and Division II wrestlers. The answer he got was a resounding "yes."
Noden helped carry the Dillingham Wolverines' seven-man wrestling team to a solid showing at the three-day meet, which was held at the Curtis Menard Complex in Wasilla. Overall, more than 40 teams and 840 wrestlers from across the state participated in the event.
Now 19-3 for the season, Noden emerged as the Wolverines' top wrestler at the meet. He won his first two bouts before finishing with a 2-2 record.
Darius Tilden, Justin Dye and Dillon Chaney also recorded wins at the tournament. Tilden, who entered the Thanksgiving break with a 7-5 record this season, went 1-2 in the 106-pound division. Dye, now 16-5, was 1-2 in the 120-pound class, while Chaney wrestled his way to a 1-2 mark in the 138-pound classification.
Chaney improved to 16-3 for the season.
Other DHS wrestlers competing in the tournament's varsity division included Jimmy Nicolai, Joseph Wassilly-Walker and Sam Jenkins.
As a team, Dillingham scored 17 points in the meet and finished 31st in the 42-team field. Chris Williams helped the Wolverines star in the junior varsity division. The Dillingham standout posted a 5-0 record, including a thrilling 8-7 win over Palmer's Owen Manley in the finals, en route to winning the 132-pound championship.
Colten Hink, Grant Williams and Samuel Calvert all starred in their weight brackets. Hink went 3-2 in the 152-pound division, while Williams and Calvert both notched three wins in the 145- and 138-pound classes.
Bobby Nicholson, Tanner Noden and Drew Wassilly all went 2-2 in their outings.