The Delta high school wrestling team went to Valdez last weekend for the Denali Conference Championship Tournament. We were able to take ten wrestlers and place fifth overall. Sophomore Alex Gelever took third at 152lbs, Sophomore Nick Sewell took third at 160, sophomore Ronny Graves took third at 170, and freshman Omar Powers was the 170lb champion and earned a trip to Anchorage next week for the ASAA Class 1-2-3A State Tournament at Bartlett High School. In addition, Nick Sewell also won the Sportsmanship medal. All of our wrestlers were at their best at this tourney and should be proud of their effort. Jaron Hailbut and Aeron Mills also scored wins but fell just short of placing, and Pepe Velasco, Gunnar Hanson, Robert Ellis, and Dyllan Beasley had to deal with some extremely tough competition this year but made a great showing.
This is not an easy sport and I am proud of every one of our guys. They battled through pain, exhaustion, injuries, and numerous illnesses this year—not to mention the fact that all 11 wrestlers had a combined total of only three years of high school experience to start the season. In spite of all that, they still managed to put together a very successful season against some very tough competition. I believe that it is safe to say that wrestling has officially returned to Delta High School! Next year we hope to have at least 20 wrestlers and our first home competition in more than a decade.
I’d like to give a special thanks to all the parents who supported us this year—especially our team moms Ann Marie Mills and Tammy Powers. I’d also like to thank Andrea Lemons for the generous donation and work during our fundraiser this year, but most of all I’d like to thank Brook Smith for helping us out in the wrestling room and keeping things together at the high school. He has been invaluable to our program over the last two years. Go Huskies!
Submitted by Milt Hooton