Homer grapplers shine at Round Robin meet
It didn't take a team of rocket scientists to figure out Homer and Voznesenka are home to some of the top wrestlers in the state on Saturday. However, in case you were in doubt, you need only consider the two programs accounted for wins in nine of the 13 weight classifications at the 2017 Homer Round Robin Rumble.
The 2016 Class 3A state runner-up, Homer breezed to the team championship. The Mariners rolled up a meet-high 155.5 points behind eight first-place finishers. Soldotna finished a distant second at 102.
Seth Inama, Wayne Newman and Luciano Fasulo starred for Homer early in the tournament. The three combined to go 11-0 en route to claiming three of the Mariners' gold medals. Inama posted a perfect 4-0 mark in the 120-pound weight classification. He capped his outing with a convincing 11-1 victory over Voznesneka's Maxim Kusnetsov in the finals.
Kusnetsov finished second with a 3-1 record. Newman claimed the 126-pound title by grinding out a thrilling 2-1 victory over Soldotna's Gideon Hutchison.
Mina Cavasos and Alex Moseley also did well in the 126-pound weight class. Moseley finished fourth while Cavasos was seventh.
Like Inama and Newman, Fasulo completed a perfect run, going 4-0 overall. He pocketed the 132-pound title by downing Kenai's Sammy Baker in the finals.
Chris Cudaback and Tristen Cook added to the Mariners' gold medal count with impressive outings. Cudaback went 3-0 en route to winning the 170-pound division. Cook claimed the 182-pound title with a 3-0 record.
Levi King, back on the mat after not wrestling last year, garnered the top spot in the 195-pound division. He defeated Kenai's Byron Dunham in the first-place match by a 15-4 score.
Kyle Wells posted a 4-0 mark and breezed to the 220-pound crown. He claimed the win by downing Tyler Litke of Nikiski at the 2:32 mark of the championship bout.
Mose Hayes almost tacked on a ninth win for the Mariners in the 138-pound bracket. He won his first two matches before dropping a 3-1 decision to Martushev. Hayes went on to beat Nikiski's Justin Cox in his final match and finished second overall.
Martushev won the 138-pound title with a 4-0 record.
Alex Miller and Richard Brock also did well. Miller was fourth in the 195-pound division. Brock was fifth in the 285-pound ranks.
McKenzie Cook, David Weisser and Anthony Melkomukov all medaled for Homer in the junior varsity division. Cook won the 152-pound title, while Weisser and Melkomukov placed second and third, respectively, in the 170-pound standings.
Sierra Clark and Sadie Blake finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in their JV brackets.