The long-awaited 40th Robin Hervey Tournament turned out to be all about Kodiak’s girls and South Anchorage’s boys.

Four of Kodiak’s five titles were captured by girls, while the South Anchorage boys — the defending Division I state champions — rolled up 12 titles in the Bears’ first home meet in nearly two years Saturday at Kodiak High School. 

Olivia Troxell (119 pounds), Ella Hamilton (130), Emily Lorring (145) and Hanna Finley (160) all were victorious for Kodiak. 

Truxton Troxell won the Kodiak boys’ only title, taking the 215-pound crown. 

Kodiak’s girls were dominant, just like they have been all season. Troxell, Lorring and Finley all won their championship match by pinfall. 

Hamilton needed three periods to defeat teammate Jade Trapp 10-7.  

“They have been successful from the opening weekend, and it gives them confidence,” Kodiak coach Junior Valladolid said. 

“They really do drill in practice as hard as anybody else, and it shows on the mat as a result of it.”

Olivia Troxell has won back-to-back tournaments, while Lorring rebounded from a championship match loss at the Lancer Smith Memorial Tournament. 

“They both have opened up and started getting out of their comfort zone,” Valladolid said. “You can’t grow if you stay in your comfort zone ... they are vocalizing their goals. We make them say, ‘I’m going to be a state champion.’”  

Truxton Troxell bookended his career with Robin Hervey titles. 

He won as a freshman and pinned South’s Loke Iese in the second round to succeed as a senior. Truxton, a crowd favorite, earned the biggest cheer of the evening. 

“He can kick the can with anybody,” Vallaldolid said. “He can run into a 5-year-old and have a full conversation with them, and he can walk up to a parent, and a have a full conversation with them ... it has been really nice having him back on the team, we definitely missed him the last few years.”

Kodiak’s Gage Lorring (125) and Dylan Zurflueh (285) both lost their championship matches. 

Lorring was pinned by South’s Simon Keffalos, while Zurflueh fell 7-2 to South’s Mason Wurst. 

Joining Wurst and Keffalos as South champions were Elijah Patzke (103), Dylan Shaw (112), Aedyn Concepcion (119),  Chad Hakala (130), Niko Mayo (135), Teo Cha (140), Riley Harris (145), Brandon DeYarmon (160), Jarod Hakala (171) and Joseph Paulson (189). 

“South is tough. They are a good measuring stick at where we are at and what we need to do,” Valladolid said. 

Grace Christian’s Logan Crotts won at 152 pounds. Houston and Valdez did not win a bracket. 

Because of Mother Nature, this was the first Robin Hervey Tournament since 2016, and the first Kodiak home meet since 2017. 

Valladolid was surprised by how many people helped with putting the tournament together. 

“It is easy to get frustrated when we don’t have home meets, and sometimes it feels like nobody is working for you. You can dwell on that, or you can appreciate who is — I am really beyond grateful for them.”  

 

Kodiak results

119 pounds

4. Ethan Benton, 1-3.  

Round 1 — lost to Adam Snow, Grace, 4-2. Round 3 — pinned Samuel Lopez, Kod, 0:00. Round 4 — Lost to Aedyn Concepcion, South, 18-2. Round 5 — pinned by Blake Foster, South, 1:05. 

5. Samuel Lopez, 0-4

Round 1 — pinned by Blake Foster, South, 1:21. Round 2 — pinned by Aedyn Concepcion, South, :42. Round 3 — pinned by Ethan Benton, Kod, :00. Round 4 — pinned by Adam Snow, Grace, 1:09. 

 

125 pounds

2. Gage Lorring, 1-1.

Round 1 — pinned Garritt Roberts, Kod, 5:41. Round 3 — pinned by Simon Keffalos, South, 2:43. 

3. Garritt Roberts, 0-2.

Round 1 — pinned by Gage Lorring, Kod, 5:41. Round 2 — lost to Simon Keffalos, South, 1:03. 

 

130 pounds

4. Ivan Rodriguez, 1-4. 

Round 1 — pinned Leo Cosette, Kod, 1:55. Round 2 — lost by forfeit to Gideon Mahoney, Houston. Round 3 — Lost by forfeit to Anthony Beck, Valdez. Round 4 — Lost by forfeit to Aiden Zingone, Grace. Round 5 — Lost by forfeit to Chad Hakala, South. 

5. Leo Cossette, 1-4. 

Round 1 — lost to Ivan Rodriguez, Kod, 1:55; Round 2 — pinned Anthony Beck, Valdez, 1:05. Round 3 — pinned by Aiden Zingone, Grace, 3:19. Round 4 — pinned by Chad Hakala, South, 1:18. Round 5 — pinned by Gideon Mahoney, Houston, 3:11. 

 

135 pounds

5. Aaron Padilla, 0-4.  

Round 1 — Pinned by Vincent Mahoney, Houston, 1:56. Round 2 — Pinned by Owen Ford, Grace, :30. Round 3 — Pinned by Ethan Staples, South, 1:10. Round 5 — Pinned by Niko Mayo, South, 2:52. 

 

140 pounds

4. Jerron Bruce, 0-3.  

Round 1 — Lost to Theo Cha, South, 19-4. Round 2 — Lost to Jude Merriner, Grace, 13-0. Round 3 — Lost to Quincy Heartwell, 9-4. 

 

145 pounds

3. Kavik DeHart, 1-2.  

Round 1 — Lost to Kaleb Boyce, Grace, 9-6. Round 2 — Lost to Riley Harris, South, 17-2. Round 3 — Pinned Richmond Incongnito, Kod, 1:00. 

4. Richmond Incongnito, 0-3.  

Round 1 — Lost to Riley Harris, South, 17-2. Pinned by Kaleb Boyce, Grace, :30. Round 3 — Pinned by Kavik DeHart, Kod, 1:00. 

 

152 pounds

4. Riley Birbilas, 2-3.  

Round 1 — Pinned Hunter Desoto-Finn, Grace, 3:12. Round 2 — Lost to Jedi Patzke, South, 9-8. Round 3 — Pinned by Dylan Harris, Grace, 2:38. Round 4 — Won by forfeit over Jack Debrecht-Mowry, South. Round 5 — Lost to Logan Crotts, Grace, 14-5. 

 

171 pounds 

3. Jude Schermerhorm, 1-2.  

Round 1 — Pinned by Jarod Hakala, South, 1:17. Round 2 — Pinned by Gabe DeVries, 3:03. Round 3 — Beat David Cook, Kodiak, 8-5. 

4. David Cook, 0-3. 

Round 1 — Lost to Gabe Devries, Grace, 10-2. Round 2 — Pinned by Jarod Hakala, South, 1:35. Round 3 — Lost to Jude Schermerhorm, Kod, 8-5. 

 

215 pounds

1. Truxton Troxell, 2-0. 

Round 2 — Beat Orion Harper, Kod, 3-1. Round 3 — Pinned Loke Iese, South, 2:45. 

2. Orion Harper, 1-1.

Round 1 — Beat Loke Iese, South, 5-4. Round 2 — Lost to Truxton Troxell, Kod, 3-1. 

 

285 pounds

2. Dylan Zurflueh, 2-1. 

Round 1 — Pinned Dennis Mott, Valdez, 1:02. Round 2 — Pinned Ashley Brandal, Kod, 5:44. Round 3 — Lost to Mason Wurst, South, 7-2. 

3. Ashley Brandal, 1-2. 

Round 1 — Pinned by Mason Wurst, South, 5:57. Round 2 — Pinned by Dylan Zurflueh, Kod, 5:44. Round 3 — Pinned Dennis Mott, Valdez, 1:35. 

 

Girls

119 pounds

1. Olivia Troxell, 2-0. 

Round 2 — Pinned Danielle Lord, Houston, :00. Round 3 — Pinned Angelina Grande, Valdez, 1:23. 

130 pounds

1. Ella Hamilton, 1-0. 

Beat Jade Trapp, Kod, 10-7. 

2. Jade Trapp, 0-1

Lost to Ella Hamilton, Kod, 10-7. 

145 pounds

1. Emily Lorring, 1-0

Pinned Kylee Norquist, Houston, 1:46. 

160 pounds

1. Hanna Finley, 1-0. 

Pinned Alyvia Askren, Valdez, 1:15. 

 

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