March 2nd | Sean Pearson
Homer club wrestling underway
The Anchor Kings sent 14 wrestlers to the season-opening Soldotna Whalers Freestyle Tournament over the weekend, and came home with first-place finishes from Justus Grimes, Blake Newman, Wayne Newman and Kyle Wells.
CJ Burns finished second with a fall over a Soldotna wrestler in 1 minute, 23 seconds. Third-place finishers for the Kings included Alana Crane, Miles Tressler, Carter Woodhead and Saoirse Cook.
In the girls' bracket, Alysha Nyvall took second place, while Saoirse Cook finished third. Tressler picked up the fastest pin for the Kings at the tourney, dropping a Marathon Club wrestler in just 11 seconds.
Homer's Popeye team sent five wrestler's to the Soldotna tourney and came back with some impressive hardware of their own. Seth I'nama, Mina Cavasos and Cole Bernier each earned first-place in their weight division, while Mose Hayes and Dominiq Biggs took second.
Next weekend (March 10-11) Popeye will host their own tournament, and the Anchor Kings expect to make a big appearance. King coach Bubba Wells said he has almost 50 registered wrestlers at this point with ages ranging from 5-17 years old.
"This season has started off early — and with a bang," Wells said. "I am really impressed with the turnout this year to support our club — especially the number of girls we have competing here this year."
Huskies host wrestling meet
While club wrestlers just opened their season last weekend, wrestlers at Homer Middle School hung up their singlets for another year following the final Kenai Peninsula Borough School District middle school tourney at Homer Middle School.
For Chapman School in Anchor Point, Aiden Gaedecke fell to Kenai's Tucker Vann in sudden victory to finish second at 125 pounds. Teammate Michael Ritter finished second in the 80-pound division, and Russell Nyvall was third at 100 pounds.
For Homer Middle School, Dakota Moonin fought for her third-place finish at 105 pounds, picking up a major decision over opponent Kalei Biamonte of Kenai. Other Husky wrestlers, including 120-pound Seraphim Maccaulay, Joshua Bradshaw at 132 and Alexander Hicks, finished third in each of their respective weight divisions.
For Voznesenka, Vasiliy Matushev finished second at 100 pounds, and Nestor Kalugin was second at 110 pounds.
Warriors wallop Wasilla Lake, Homer C
Nikolaevsk Warrior Nikit Fefelov put on a shooting clinic against Wasilla Lake at last Friday's home game. Fefelov scored 51 points to lead his teammates to a 97-57 blowout.
After outscoring the Wasilla Lake Warriors 30-9 in the second quarter, Nikolaevsk cruised to a 48-21 halftime lead, and subsequently the game. Anfim Kalugin picked up 19 points for Nikolaevsk, while teammate Kalenik Molodih added 10.
In girls' action, the Lady Warriors had little trouble with Homer High School's C Team, stomping them 50 -11 in nonconfernece play.