• Homer juniors Calvin Johnson and Harley Wells rule the Rumble
By Sean Pearson
Mariner Calvin Johnson defeated the No. 1 ranked wrestler in the state to place first at Homer’s Round Robin Rumble on Saturday. Johnson, who wrestles at 106 pounds, used an early takedown and near-fall to hold off Hutchison 6-3.
Hutchison placed first in the state last year at 98 pounds.
“Calvin scored four pins on the way to the finals,” said Homer Head Coach Chris Perk. “Hutchison’s only score was in the third period, when he put Calvin to his back for a three-point near-fall.”
Harley Wells, a junior who usually wrestles at 152 pounds, dropped down a weight class at the Rumble. He pinned five opponents in one day to dominate the 145-pound class, including Skyview’s Bailey Blumentritt in the finals.
The Skyview Panthers scored 83 points to win the overall team tournament. The Mariners were second with 70 points. A total of eight teams competed in the Rumble.
Pedro Ochoa wrestled to a second-place finish in the 152-pound weight class. Ochoa’s only loss of the tournament came at the hands of Voznesenka’s Avraam Kalugin in a 10-5 bout.
Perk said Ochoa looked a bit sluggish in the finals match, possibly tired from winning six other matches during the weekend.
Mariner Dick Perez stepped up to the challenge at 195 pounds, wrestling against the No. 3 and No. 4 ranked wrestlers in the state. He placed third overall. Danny Rios is back to action at 170 pounds. Rios came out late this season, and placed third at the Rumble.
“He won five matches over the weekend and looked solid.” Perk said. “He had to forfeit his final match for second place because he injured his ankle.” In other Round Robin action, David Woo, 132, Dakota Alward, 145 and Antonio Ochoa, 160 all placed fourth for the weekend.
“Woo is working his way back into wrestling shape, and is starting to look much sharper,” Perk said. “And Alward is just a freshman, but he is very strong and has a solid double leg. Trying to find consistency for Alward will be the key for the remainder of the season.”
Perk said the team will head to Nikiski this weekend to square off some duals. Teams advance based upon their team score.
“Hopefully we can fill a few more of the weight classes, as we still have some wrestlers who have yet to compete this season,” Perk said. “This would be a good weekend for them to hit the mat.”
The Voznesenka Cougars turned in strong performances over the weekend, earning a team total of 21 points with few wrestlers.
Avraam Kalugin defeated Homer’s Pedro Ochoa to place first at 152 pounds. Teammate Gavril Kalugin took third in the 120-pound class, while Misael Martushev and Illarion Ivanov finished sixth and seventh, respectively.
Seldovia’s Devin Chissus placed seventh at 160 pounds.
Homer Round Robin Rumble
106: 1. Calvin Johnson, Hom; 6. Jadzia Martin, Hom.
120: 3. Gavril Kalugin, Voz.
132-138: 4. David Woo, Hom.
145: 1. Harley Wells, Hom; 4. Dakota Alward, Hom; 6. Misael Martushev, Voz; 7. Illarion Ivanov, Voz.
152: 1. Avraam Kalugin, Voz; 2. Pedro Ochoa, Hom.
160: 4. Antonio Ochoa, Hom; 7. Devin Chissus, Seldovia
170: 3. Danny Rios, Hom.
195: 3. Dick Perez, Hom
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