• Olympic bronze medalist hosts one-day camp in Homer to teach techniques
By Sean Pearson
As high school wrestling eases its way back into season via Homer’s Fall Festival and Takedown Tourney over the weekend, Mariner Head Coach Chris Perk brought a special treat to spice things up a bit this year.
Olympic wrestler Coleman Scott, who took the bronze medal in London in 2012, conducted an educational clinic for some 100 wrestlers at Alice Witte Gymnasium on Saturday. Scott spent a full day with wrestlers, who traveled from as far away as Kotzebue to attend, teaching them the techniques he uses as one of the best wrestlers in the world.
The wrestling festival opened Friday night with takedown tournament format, where each wrestler got two or three shortened matches.
“This is a scrimmage format and matches did not count toward their official record,” Perk explained. “We had kids in there whose ages ranged from 7–18, so it was a pretty exciting tourney.”
Dick Perez and Kyle Van Alstine were the only two Mariners to win their bracket in the takedown tournament. Perez, who wrestles in the 207-211-pound weight class, won both of his matches. Van Alstine, a senior, faced just one other opponent in his division, but came out on top in the 156-162-pound weight class.
“Kyle is trying really hard and shows a lot of promise,” Perk said. “He will probably wrestle at 152-160 pounds for the season.”
Captain and State qualifier Calvin Johnson won two matches, along with juniors Harley Wells and Pedro Ochoa. Co-captain Chase Crauthers placed third.
“Chase is looking good after the first two weeks of the season,” Perk said. “We have a lot of younger wrestlers this season, and the squad is also missing varsity football players who will be finishing up their season this week.”
Voznesenka wrestlers also turned in a good showing, with Dennis Martishev taking first in the 180-197-pound weight division. Tim Reutov placed second in his 154-158-pound class, while Cougars Gavril Kalugin, Markell Polushkin, Misael Martushev and Avraam Kalugin each placed third in their division.
The Cougars join the Mariners as they head up to Skyview on Friday night for a “Scramble” against other peninsula schools.
Wrestling begins at 4:30 p.m., and pits the Mariners and Cougars against Skyview, Seldovia, Nikiski and Seward.
66-71-pound weight class: Rorey Cook, third
76-78: Mina Cavasas, third
82-90: Luciano Fusulo, second; McKenzie Cook, third; Alison Wells, fourth
95-107: Hunter Harrington, third
98-106: Jimmy Kraszeski, fourth
108-117: Tristan Cook, second; Kyle Wells, third
112-123: Calvin Johnson, second; Gavril Kalugin, third
125-129: Jacob Raham, fourth
137-141: Markell Polushkin, Voz, third
141-146: Andrew Raham, fourth
144-151: Dakota Alward, third; Kirick Reutov, fourth
146-150: Harley Wells, second; Misael Martushev, third
151-152: Pedro Ochoa, second
156-162: Kyle VanAlstine, first
154-158: Tim Reutov, Voz, second
155-161: Avraam Kalugin, Voz, third
180-197: Dennis Martishev, first; Ryan Swenson, third
207-211 lbs: Dick Perez, first
258-286 lbs: Chase Crauthers, third
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