The mats are full in Seward High School’s wrestling room this year. “It’s one of the biggest, if not the biggest bunch of kids I have seen during my tenure here,” said SHS wrestling’s head coach Ronn Hemstock. At times, there were as many as 28 students on the mat during the first two weeks of practice. However, that number has been stabilized to a solid 20-24 wrestlers that make up a diverse mix of returning veterans, new blood from the middle school program, and a healthy crop of rookies out on the for the first time.
“There’s great energy this year,” Hemstock asserted, “a real fun group to coach.” The Seahawks have found success in numbers already this year. Although the Seahawks left behind several varsity starters, which included 2 of last year’s wrestlers who made it to State, they returned from their first tournament of the year (Valdez’s Throwdown in Snow Town) with a very respectable 2nd place finish. Despite having only two wrestlers in the finals, Jonathaan Kingsland who finished 2nd and Howie Hubbard who took the championship at Heavyweight, the depth of the Seahawk squad was enough to secure a solid finish for the team.
The Seahawk wrestlers are gearing up for their only home appearance this year at Seward’s King of the Mountain Tournament. After that, Seward will be going on the road to ACS for their annual rumble in Anchorage, which often serves as a prelude to the 1A-3A state tournament. Come out and support your Seahawk wrestlers either at home or away as Seward Wrestling’s “Motley Krew,” as they have been nicknamed by their coaches, take on some of the toughest competition in Alaska.