The Nenana boys and Skyview girls claimed titles at the 2014 Nikolaevsk Warrior Rumble over the weekend. Nenana stayed undefeated over the three days of play, while the Lady Panthers earned the team title by virtue of a tiebreaker.
“All three of the girls’ teams finished round-robin play with a record of 2-1,” said Nikolaevsk boys’ coach Steve Klaich. “The tournament winner was decided by how many points each team allowed.”
Skyview nipped the Lady Warriors 67-56 on Saturday, but a 24-point performance from Sophia Kalugin gave Nikolaevsk a 60-39 over Nenana and second place in the tournament overall. For the boys, Warrior Jaruby Nelson was named the tournament MVP, scoring 31 points in the team’s losing effort against the Lynx.
“Nenana is playing very well at this point in the season, and we’d like to get another shot at them,” Nelson said. “For the most part, I’m happy with our performance, but there’s always plenty of room for improvement.
Nikolaevsk boys named to the All-tournament team include Neil Gordeev, Jaruby Nelson, Anthony Yakunin and Jonah Fefelov. Lady Warriors Sophia Kalugin, Serafima Kalugin, Nianiella Dorvall and Kilina Klaich were named to the girls’ All-Tournament team.
Wrestlers from Vozensenka, Homer Middle School and Chapman headed to Nikiski over the weekend to battle against Nikiski, Kenai and Soldotna in middle school competition.
Voznesenka’s Max Kuznetsov was his team’s highest placer, finishing second in the 85-pound division. Dia Martishev was fourth at 100 pounds, while Nikit Anufriev took fourth at 138 pounds. Giorgy Kalugin was fifth at 125 pounds.
Chapman School fostered two champions: Wayne Newman pinned all of his opponents to take the top spot at 90 pounds, while Luciano Fasulo won the 105-pound division. Kyle Wells placed third at 145 pounds, while sister Allison was fifth at 105. Wresting at 138 pounds, Hunter Harrington also placed fifth.
Husky defending borough champions, Teddy Croft, 132 pounds, and Tristen Cook, 145 pounds, dominated their weight classes. Croft pinned both of his opponents in the first period to earn first place, while Cook scored a pin and a solid 7-0 win over Kenai’s Caleb Streiff.
Wyatt Alborn was runner-up at 167 pounds, as was Jadin Mann at 275 and McKenzie Cook at 110. Levi King placed third at 155, while Ian Stovall earned a 12-7 victory over Nikiski’s Gabe Smith. Stovall placed fourth at 85 pounds. Isabel Kulhanek wrestled at 132 points, but did not win a match, and Stanley Swoboda competed tough at 167 pounds, but lost to two Soldotna opponents.
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