Fueled by the momentum of last weekend’s powerful performance, Homer Popeye wrestler Ravi Cavasos not only went undefeated for a second straight weekend, he didn’t have a single point scored against him. And — in case that wasn’t enough — he pinned all four of his cadet, 135-pound opponents in less than two minutes.
“I am very happy with my performances lately,” Cavasos said on Monday. “I’ve always been the underdog, so it’s nice to finally be up there with the big guys.”
Cavasos said he still has doubts about his matches, thinking about different “what if” moments.
“All I do is just wrestle my unrelenting, very best,” he said. “I don’t take it easy on anyone, because I treat everyone as if they were my first-place match.”
Popeye Coach Chris Perk said he sees Cavasos as one of the team’s “hopefuls” at the State Tournament in Wasilla in early May.
“His aggressive style on his feet and powerful half nelson/cradle series is scoring him lots of points,” Perk added.
Cadet wrestler Jaime Rios is also having a strong season, weighing in at 126 pounds. This weekend, Rios won two matches before losing a close 7-5 contest to eventual champion Caleb Hopkins from Tri-Valley. Rios had an impressive come-from-behind victory in an earlier match against Joe Perkins of ABC 10 – 4. Rios caught Perkins on his back and won by fall.
“Rios is always in the match and never doubts in himself,” Perk said. He ended up third on the day.
Open division wrestler Joe Garcia was the only competitor in his weight class. He wrestled an exhibition match and lost 7-1.
Pre-bantam 40-pounder Saoirse Cook — like teammate Cavasos — won four matches — all by pin — and all under two minutes.
Perk said Cook scored bear-hug attacks from her feet and was able to use half-nelsons to get her opponents to their backs. She placed second overall, losing only one match.
Novice wrestler Austin Shafford, 85 pounds, sailed convincingly through four matches, before falling to Tri-Valley’s Hunter Sasser in the finals. With the score tied 3-3, Shafford’s arm spin resulted in a short scramble that sent him to his back and gave Sasser the 7-3 win.
Ian Stovall placed second in the Schoolboy 80-pound weight class, falling 12-13.
Perk said the team will travel to the freelance Avalanche Tournament in South Anchorage this weekend, before shifting their focus on getting ready for the state meet at the Wasilla Sports Complex the first weekend in May.
In the meantime, Cavasos said he will continue to try to be as humble as possible.
“Not everyone gets the chance to wrestle against the best people in the state,” he said. “I take it as a learning experience.”
Homer Community Recreation Program Director Mike Illg completed Monday’s 118th running of the Boston Marathon with a time of 4 hours, 11 minutes and 25 seconds.
Illg ran the 26.2 miles to raise money and awareness for the Children’s Tumor Foundation — and reached his goal of $4,000.
“It was a super-hot day, but an absolutely incredible experience,” Illg said of his run on Monday. “I had goosebumps for the last three miles.”
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