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Hays falls in two matches at state


The state championship run of the Glacier Bears’ 138-pound senior, Mori Hays, came to an abrupt but very hard fought end at last weekend’s state wrestling competition in Anchorage.

Hays was defeated by points awarded, as opposed to being pinned, in both of his matches. In an unfortunate draw, he was matched against second seed Aaron Olsen from Bethel, a program that regularly produces top contenders at the state tournament. Hays was narrowly defeated in his second match by Bradley Brower from Barrow.

Coach Andrew Cardella said, “Mori’s improvements from last year to this was almost like watching a whole new wrestler, in terms of his physicality and mental approach. It was exciting to see, and all of the coaches who came in to work with him are very proud of him and the work he put in.”

Hays’ father, Ed, who has now had the privilege of seeing both of his sons wrestle at state in back-to-back years, said, “It was a treat to watch wrestling at such a high level.” He added, “It is special to be able to provide this opportunity for kids in Haines and I am so grateful to the school and the coaches for the hard-work and dedication they put in to make it possible.”

Cardella added, “I hope Mori’s accomplishments will inspire some of Haines’ upcoming students to turn out for the team next year and continue to grow the program.”

Mori Hays could not be reached for this article due to Christmas vacation.


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