The CHS wrestling squad finished third at Valdez’s Throwdown in Snowtown on Oct. 20-21, 2023. Left to Right: Vincent Nothstine, Jacob Hamberger, Zach Bergford, Sebastien Hidalgo, Gunnar Davis, Alice Graves, Ryder Phillips, Trent Dundas, Arianna Ryan, Blake Bailey, Colin Chappell, Micheal Harris, and Levi Pearson. Photo courtesy of Seth Balint

Cordova High School’s wrestling squad opened the season with a strong performance in Valdez. At the Throwdown in Snowtown tournament Oct. 21-22, they notched three first place finishes, a pair of second places, and one third place to come in third overall in team points behind Palmer and Redington.  

“We wrestled really well,” said Coach Seth Balint. “Our team looked locked in to start the season off.” 

“We had two ninth graders take first with Trent Dundas in the 103-pound class and Gunnar Phillips pinning his way through the 112-pound class,” said Balint. 

Tenth grader Ryder Phillips also came away with a first-place medal at 119 pounds, with tenth grader Blake Bailey placing third. Seniors Arianna Ryan and Zach Bergford both placed second as well. 

“This is a good start for the team, we proved we can compete with the best of them,” added Balint. “But we have more work to do, every tournament from here on out gets tougher and tougher.” 

Cordova has tournaments at Nikiski, ACS, and Palmer before regionals on Dec. 8-9, and the State Tournament on Dec. 15-16. 

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The complete roster, by weight class: 

103: Trent Dundas 

112: Gunnar Davis 

119: Ryder Phillips and Micheal Harris 

125: Blake Bailey and Sebastien Hidalgo 

130: Levi Pearson 

145: Karl Griffith 

160: Jacob Hamberger and Colin Chappell 

171: Zach Bergford 

189: Vincent Nothstine 

Girls, 165: Arianna Ryan 

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