Anchor Kings, Popeyes pick up pins and wins
March 23rd | Sean Pearson
Wrestlers compete in Greco and freestyle at two-day Marathon Miners tourney
South Peninsula wrestlers brought home some serious hardware following a successful weekend at the Marathon Miners Wrestling Tournament in Seward. Anchor King wrestlers picked up seven first-place finishes in the two-day competition, while Homer's Popeye wrestlers nabbed four.
Wrestling in the Friday girls tourney, Popeye Mina Cavasos finished first in the cadet 116-124-pound division, beating Anchor King rival Mischelle Wells by a 10-0 technical fall. Cavasos went on to defeat Tatiana Green of the Alaska Battle Cats in a 13-6 decision.
Popeye Katelyn Marroquin took second in her novice weight class, and teammate Zoe Adkins was second in the schoolgirl division.
Anchor King girls also finished strong, with four wrestlers finishing in the top three of their divisions. Alysha Nyvall and Hayley Blaine both finished second, while Saorise Cook and Mischelle Wells took third.
While the girls duked it out in their own tournament Friday, boys from Homer and Anchor Point battled foes of their own in the Miners Greco Tournament.
Kings Tristen Cook and Kyle Wells each won their divisions in the tourney; Cook at 178-189, Wells at 189-208.
Cook pinned both Mat-Su's Christian Kurka and Tri-Valley's Simon Ganchenko in under two minutes, and won by technical fall over Auston Vreeland. Wells earned a technical fall against Kenai's Byron Dunham, and pinned Avery Rabb of AFWC in just 52 seconds.
Popeye's Lucas Barnard was first at 72 pounds in Greco wrestling, and Declan Barnard pinned two opponents on his way to second place.
Saturday brought freestyle competition, where the Kings continued to dominate with five champions. Justus Grimes pinned all four of his opponents to take the intermediate 50-54 pound title. Grimes' fastest pin came against Gage Sena of AFWC, and lasted only 19 seconds.
Wrestling in the intermediate 63-64-pound class, Alysha Nyvall defeated four wrestlers on her way to the title. Brother Russell Nyvall also earned a title; his in the novice 98-103 division.
The Kings got another first-place finish from Aiden Gaedecke, who wrestles schoolboy 120-122. Gaedecke pinned all three of his opponents for the title; the fastest pin coming in 28 seconds. Seth Inama was the fifth Anchor King champion. He beat Avalanche wrestler Taylor McAplin in a 13-11 decision. Wells was second in his freestyle division, as was Cj Burns.
Popeye's Mose Hayes defeated four opponents to take first in freestyle at 141-150 pounds. Dimitri Hooks was also first at 133 pounds. Preston Szymoniak held his own in the pre-bantam class, finishing second at 46-48 pounds.
Wrestling takes place this weekend at the Tri-Valley Wrestling Tournament at Colony High School. A Greco competition will be held on Friday, and freestyle wrestling starts Saturday.