SANDPOINT, Idaho — “Andrew Duke  won his bracket in dramatic fashion. Down by 6 points with seconds left. He pinned last year’s champion, a kid he had lost to [last year].” commented long-time wrestling dad, Travis Hinds about the Pacific Northwest Classic (PNC) Tournament January 6-7. Travis is the father of Sandpoint senior Calvin Hinds who pinned three opponents at this tournament in the 182 pound bracket to earn sixth place out of 20 wrestlers from across region.
Christian Troumbley-Karkoski, a senior in the 145 pound bracket, won 3rd place. In the 126 pound bracket, Ashlei Hawkins earned 4th place. Aidan Rork, on the opposite end of the 106 pound bracket with Andrew Duke, won 6th place. His mom, Wendy Rork, enjoys going to the duals and tournaments to support and cheer on her son and the Bulldogs. She mentioned, “Even with all of the coaching changes that the team has gone through, the boys have really wrestled hard and work well as a team this season.”
Fifteen Sandpoint High School wrestlers attended the Pacific Northwest Classic 2023. A third of them were freshmen including: Zach Beers, Joseph Babin, Jeremiah Palmer, William Bomba, and Jace Dick. Ashlei Hawkins, Aidan Rork, Lucas Johansen, Glenn Paddack, Jorden Tyler, and Gavin Walters rounded out the underclassmen. Andrew Duke and Sage Green were the lone juniors at the PNC. All the wrestlers fought hard and learned with every win and loss.
Justin Dick and his wife were excited to attend the PNC to watch their son Jace. This is his first season wrestling. “He was lucky enough to be taken to the PNC. Definitely an amazing experience for him and for my wife and I, being first-time wrestling parents. [Jace] loves it, which is crazy because I used to hate it! I was probably more nervous than he was at the PNC and I sit in the top of the bleachers away from the team so I don’t get kicked out! Not that I’m unruly, but I can’t help but coach from the sideline. I’ve learned my lesson from soccer and dance to go to the furthest point that I can still see the matches. We have enjoyed every bit of it! The coaches, kids and parents have been very welcoming to the sport and the team.”
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