Barnard brothers dominate at Tri-Valley Tourney
March 30th | Sean Pearson
Popeye Wrestling brothers Lucas and Declan Barnard love to wrestle. They've been doing it for years, and because of the time and commitment they've put into the sport, they're both quite good at it.
But, despite their conspicuous abilities, when the brothers compete in weekend wrestling tournaments, they often wind up forfeiting many of their matches because of the family's religious beliefs.
Declan and Lucas can wrestle on Fridays — but only until sundown. And Saturdays are off-limits.
Last weekend, however, the boys competed in a Tri-Valley Greco Tournament in Palmer that started — and finished — on Friday. It was the first tournament in a very long time that they were both able to finish — and they both took first place.
In fact, one of the brothers reportedly pinned his guy with just two minutes left until sunset.
"Popeye had a great weekend of wrestling," said Popeye coach Jason Cavasos. "We had three wrestlers compete in the Greco competition, and all three of them brought home the gold."
The three — Lucas, Declan and Mose Hayes — went undefeated in the tournament, and Cavasos said the Barnard brothers "absolutely dominated their tough competition.
"Mose Hayes had two very tough matches," he added. "He earned himself that gold medal."
On Saturday, 11 wrestlers competed in freestyle, with six Popeye wrestlers finishing in the top three?
Mina Cavasos enjoyed continued success on the mat, winning three matches for the gold. Dimitri Hook also finished first in his division, while Zoe Adkins took second. Sadie Blake, Sierra Clark and Mose Hayes all wrestled tough and picked up third-place finishes. First-year wrestler Kanin Kumfer did not place, but he did pick up a 24-second pin in a Saturday match-up?
Anchor King wrestler Kyle Wells picked up a big win in the freestyle, junior 180-187 division on Saturday. Wells' first win came by fall over Nikit Anufriev in 2 minutes, 58 seconds. He then picked up two wins via technical falls before finishing the tournament with a 5-0 win over STAGE wrestler Chad Edwards.
Wells also wrestled in the Friday Greco Tournament, where he placed third in the junior 179-187 weight class.
Alex Moseley brought home a second-place finish for the Anchor Kings at cadet girls, 99-121 division. Thwarted by her part-time teammate, part-time opponent Mina Cavasos 8-6, Moseley came back to pin Soldotna's Madison Worth in 2:14.