Kusnetsov among four VHS grapplers to advance to state
SEWARD - Maxim Kusnetsov is headed back to wrestling ultimate stage - and so are a few of his Voznesenka buddies.
Kusnetsov joined three other members of the Cougars' wrestling team to land berths in the upcoming state wrestling tournament this past weekend by turning in stellar efforts at the 2017 Kachemak Conference Wrestling Championships. The tournament was held on Dec. 8-9 at Seward High School.
The 2016 state champion in the 98-pound weight classification, Kusnetsov was one of the more impressive wrestlers at the conference tournament, winning both of his bouts in the 113-pound class with ease. He opened the tournament with a quick pin of Houston's David Revilak on Friday. On Saturday, he claimed the conference title by posting a 14-7 win over Anchorage Christian's Matthew Bohlman.
With the two wins, he will advance to the state tournament with a 34-3 record.
Dia Martishev, Nikit Anufriev and Anthony Kalugin also punched their tickets to state at the meet. Martishev posted a 2-1 record during the meet and finished second to Homer's Mose Hayes in the 138-pound division. Anufriev also turned in a 2-1 mark and finished second in the 195-pound classification to Homer's Levi King.
Martishev improved to 33-8 for the season. Kalugin, 33-13 overall, took third in the 170-pound ranks.
Daniel Anufriev just missed becoming the fifth VHS wrestler to advance to state. He placed fourth in the 145-pound division following a tough 3-2 loss to Homer's Joshua Bradshaw in the third-place contest.
Only the top three finishers in each weight classification advance to the state tournament, which will be held Dec. 15 to 16 at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.
Prokohpy Konev also competed in the tournament but did not place in the 132-pound division.