Kodiak Middle School’s Jon LeVan captured a Tanana Invitational Wrestling Tournament title Saturday in Fairbanks.
LeVan, an eighth grader, went 5-0 in the 148-pound division to claim Kodiak’s only title.
LeVan, unseeded for the tournament, won three matches by pinfall and beat No. 1 seed North Pole’s Curtis McNeal 7-4 in the title bout.
According to a release, LeVan persevered by outworking his opponent and taking advantage at critical times.
Kodiak had two other wrestlers place to finish 14th with 75 points. Teeland Middle School in the Mat-Su Valley won with 278 points.
Hunter Bigley went 3-2 to place fifth at 174 pounds.
He pinned Randy Smith Middle School’s Seager Stanley in the fifth-place match.
Jose Rodriguez went 4-3 to place eighth at 148 pounds. He lost by injury default to Bethel’s Patrick Kylook in the seventh-place match.
Randy Delcruz, Albert Monge, Owen Tuckfield and Aaron Rohr also competed in the tournament.
All seven of Kodiak’s wrestlers won at least two matches in the tournament that featured more than 600 wrestlers from 35 middle schools from around the state.
110 — Randy Delacruz, 2-2. 118 — Aaron Rohr, 3-2; 132 — Albert Monge, 2-2; 140 — Owen Tuckfield, 2-2; 148 — 1. Jon LeVan, 5-0; 8. Jose Rodriguez, 4-3. 174 — 5. Hunter Bigley, 3-2.