FAIRBANKS — The Eielson Ravens are back on top of the Denali Conference wrestling scene,
With Vern Dulany returning as head coach after a long layoff, the Ravens compiled 179 points to win the Denali Conference Championships Saturday on its home turf at Eielson Air Force Base.
Valdez took the runner-up spot in the tournament with 150 points, followed by Galena with 122, Hutchison with 11, Glennallen with 62 and Delta Junction with four.
The top two wrestlers in each weight class will advance to the state tournament in Nikiski.
Eielson and Hutchison both had five individual champions, while Hutchison and Galena had two apiece and Glennallen had one.
Dulany was voted the conference Coach of the Year, while Valdez’s 145-pounder Austin Rake was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Eielson’s champions were Dakota Garner at 113 pounds, Nate Ezell at 132, Wyatt Dunlap at Keyan Kincade at 182 and Austin Edson at 220.
In addition to the champions, the Ravens had two other wrestlers qualify for the state tournament — Kalib Dunlap at 120 and Tyler Phillips at 145.
Individual champions for Valdez were Dave Towne at 120, Keefe McIntosh at 138, Rake at 145, Isaac Deaton at 152 and Brandon Hursh at 160.
The Buccaneers have three others headed to the state tournament Trevor Norris at 113, Adam Downing, 138 and Colbin Hansen at 152.
Hutchison’s Elijah Evans won at 106 pounds and teammate Jesse Roehl captured the 285 crown. Four other Hutchison wrestlers qualified for the state tournament — Jamison Titus at 98, Dustin Ellsberry at 126, Marc Spencer at 170 and Andrew Hoffman at 182,
Galena’s champions were Faren Totemoff at 126 and Tamah Tomeganuk-Moses at 195. Other Galena qualifiers for the state meet were Toby Monroe, 132 and Harold Hoelscher 160.
Glennallen’s lone champion was Gavin Maslen at 98 pounds. The Panthers also qualified Jody Rhodes at 220 and Angus Bell at 220 for the state championships.
Complete results will be published in Monday’s Daily News-Miner.
Complete results of Saturday’s tri-meet between North Pole, Lathrop and West Valley will be published in Monday’s Daily News-Miner.
Each team won one match on the day. West Valley defeated North Pole 43-34, Lathrop defeated West Valley 38-36 and North Pole downed Lathrop 51-26.
The sports editor apologizes for the delay.