Skyview's Nick Hamm wrestles Soldotna's Matt Strieby to a win in the 275-pound category Saturday at the Skyview Invitational.
Photo by M. Scott Moon
With the Northern Lights Conference tournament just a week away, the Skyview High School wrestling team made sure it got in plenty of matches this weekend, hosting seven other teams for a day of dual meets at the Skyview Invitational Saturday.
“I thought is was a real good day,” said Skyview coach Neldon Gardner. “Teams got three or four duals in, and got prepped with one last tuneup before the region tournament. I’m real happy with our day.”
Adding to Gardner’s enjoyment was that the Panthers won all four of their duals, beating Palmer, Soldotna, Homer and Kenai to win the team trophy. Kodiak earned the second-place team trophy with wins over East, Soldotna and Homer.
Gardner credited the eight seniors on his team, wrestling in their final home matches, with a great day on the mats. Skyview seniors include Nick Hann, Clark Buffington, Shane Strausbaugh, Eric Rodgers, Tony Gibson, Eli Hutchison, Michael Burlison and Josh Carlon.
“About half our team is seniors, so next year will be a building year for us,” Gardner said.
Both the Kenai and Soldotna teams are in building modes now. Kardinals coach David Boyle was pleased with his team’s progress as the Kardinals won duals with East and Soldotna but finished up with a loss to the Panthers.
“We won our first two matches, and it was fun to wrestle a talented, classy team like Skyview. It inspires us to keep working hard,” Boyle said.
Boyle said he was happy to be able to go to a meet close to home as Kenai Peninsula teams are growing to the point that most can field a full lineup for a dual meet.
“It’s nice to be home. It’s nice to be on the peninsula. We need to be home more often,” Boyle said.
Boyle said he was particularly impressed with his 140-pounder, Cody Booth. Booth finished the day with a tough loss to Strausbaugh.
“He wrestled Strausbaugh tough, and Strausbaugh is one of the premier wrestlers in that weight class,” said Boyle.
Saturday proved to be a tough day for a young Soldotna team. Soldotna coach Bill Carlson said he was hoping the Stars would have been matched up against some teams they hadn’t met in a dual meet previously, but the schedule didn’t work out that way.
“But it was fun in the last match to go up against Kenai. It’s nice to see another young team making progress,” Carlson said.
Among the highlights for the Stars were Jess Carlson’s return to the mat after missing time do to injury, and some solid wins by 275-pounder Matt Strieby.
Carlson also appreciated the effort of Colton Carroll, who wrestled hard despite not feeling so hot.
“He wrestled when he didn’t feel like it, and he came away with some important points for us. So far this season, he has only one loss in overtime,” Carlson said.
Homer lost 103-pounder Ben Daigle when the freshman suffered broken bones in his hand during a match against Kodiak.
“It’s unfortunate. It’s a bad time for something like that (just before the conference tournament), but he’s just a freshman, so he’s got three more years ahead of him,” Perk said.
On the brighter side, Simeon Daigle, the top-ranked wrestler at 125 pounds, had a solid day, fending off a challenge from Kodiak’s Steven Gauna.
“Sim stayed in the hunt. He got down but he kept at it and ended up pinning him. He’s definitely in a groove,” Perk said.
Soldotna's Erick Morris wrestles Kenais Justin Hensler, foreground, in the 152-pound category at the Skyview Invitational Saturday afternoon.
Photo by M. Scott Moon
Perk also liked what he saw from Ely Roche and Michael Fielding at 215 and 275, respectively.
“We haven’t had a whole lot of wins this year, so this weekend helped our confidence,” Perk said.
Perk also said Tris Brymer wrestled tough at 152, and said the Mariners would continue to try to improve heading into the conference tournament.
“We wrestle good for three or four minutes, then we make that one fatal mistake. We’ll keep plugging away, one mistake at a time. We’ll keep fixing them,” Perk said.
Skyview Invitational Wrestling Tournament
Saturday at Skyview High School
Palmer 42, East 39
Kodiak 66, East 6
Skyview 60, Palmer 21
135 E. Hutchison, Sky, by forfeit
140 Strausbaugh, Sky, f. Stahler, 0:46
145 C. Buffington, Sky, f. Kelly, 1:34
152 Burlison, Sky, f. Valin, 2:51
160 E. Buffington, Sky, f. S. Heindel, 1:00
171 Rodgers, Sky, by forfeit
189 Sawyer, Pal, f. Sheridan, 2:55
215 Carlon, Sky, f. I. Heindel, 0:57
275 Hann, Sky, f. Hogan, 1:15
103 M. Hutchison, Sky, f. Romero, 3:03
112 Janorschki, Sky, by forfeit
119 J. Minturn, Pal, f. Maciariello, 1:08
125 Mills, Pal, d. Morse, 7-2
130 I. Minturn, Pal, by forfeit
Kenai 46, East 24
130 Splain, Eas, m.d. John, 11-1
135 Lyons, Eas, f. Harris, 3:06
140 Ferrin, Eas, m.d. Booth, 13-3
145 Boyle, Ken, by forfeit
152 Sosa, Eas, d. Hensler, 12-7
160 Schultz, Eas, m.d. Dambacher, 16-3
171 Krause, Ken, m.d. Williams, 21-9
189 Dormady, Ken, by forfeit
215 Lipps, Ken, by forfeit
275 Canavan, Ken, m.d. Green, 10-2
103 Pribbenow, Ken, by forfeit
112 Osbekoff, Ken, f. Bharti, 5:08
119 Aho, Ken, by forfeit
125 Agosti, Ken, f. Guzman, 1:27
Kodiak 65, Soldotna 12
130 Fields, Kod, by forfeit
135 Olson, Kod, m.d. K. Morris, 12-2
140 Branson, Kod, f. Ragsdale, 1:15
145 Caswell, Kod, f. Oleson, 1:45
152 Sundberg, Kod, d. E. Morris, 4-1
160 Cratty, Kod, f. Chumley, 3:15
171 Nevin, Kod, by forfeit
189 Gilbert, Kod, m.d. Waters, 9-2
215 B. Watkins, Kod, f. Gomez, 1:17
275 Strieby, Sol, f. N. Watkins, 5:18
103 T. VanMetre, Kod, f. Pruett, 0:56
112 Carroll, Sol, f. N. VanMetre, 2:12
119 Eggemeyer, Kod, by forfeit
125 Gauna, Kod, by forfeit
Skyview 55, Homer 21
145 C. Buffington, Sky, by forfeit
152 Burlison, Sky, d. T. Brymer, 8-7
160 E. Buffington, Sky, f. Isaac, 3:50
171 Rodgers, Sky, f. Smith, 0:57
189 Carlon, Sky, f. Hawkins, 3:11
215 Hann, Sky, f. Roche, 3:05
275 Fielding, Hom, f. Mahan, 2:58
103 M. Hutchison, Sky, f. McNulty, 0:12
112 Janorschke, Sky, f. Wyatt, 6:00
119 R. Brymer, Hom, f. Maciariello, 2:46
125 S. Daigle, Hom, d. Morse, 8-2
130 Ballard, Hom, by forfeit
135 E. Hutchison, Sky, f. Mayes, 1:42
140 Strausbaugh, Sky, t.f. Weinfurter, 5:48, 15-0
Homer 42, Palmer 31
125 S. Daigle, Hom, d. Mills, 11-5
130 I. Minturn, Pal, m.d. Ballard, 15-4
135 Mayes, Hom, by forfeit
140 Stahler, Pal, f. Weinfurter, 1:57
145 Kelly, Pal, by forfeit
152 T. Brymer, Hom, f. Volin, 3:38
160 Isaac, Hom, f. S. Heindel, 3:56
171 Smith, Hom, by forfeit
189 Sawyer, pal, f. Hawkins, 1:55
215 Roche, Hom, f. Hagen, 0:44
275 Fielding, Hom, f. I. Heindel, 4:26
103 B. Daigle, Hom, d. Romero, 8-2
112 Dahms, Pal, f. Wyatt, 0:38
119 J. Minturn, Pal, d. Appelhanz, 7-5
Kodiak 68, Homer 12
135 Olsen, Kod, t.f. Mayes, 17-1
140 Branson, Kod, f. Weinfurter, 3:05
145 Caswell, Kod, by forfeit
152 Sundberg, Kod, d. T. Brymer, 6-2
160 Isaac, Hom, f. Cratty 3:59
171 Nevin, Kod, f. Smith, 0:21
189 Gilbert, Kod, f. Hawkins, 2:47
215 B. Watkins, Kod, f. Roche, 1:03
275 M. Watkins, Kod, f. Fielding, 3:56
103 N. VanMetre, Kod, injury default B. Daigle
112 T. VanMetre, Kod, f. Wyatt, 2:32
119 Eggemeyer, Kod, m.d. R. Brymer, 14-3
125 S. Daigle, Hom, f. Gauna, 4:31
130 Fields, Kod, f. Ballard, 0:35
Skyview 58, Soldotna 15
140 Strausbaugh, Sky, f. Ragsdale, 1:24
145 C. Buffington, Sky, f. Oleson, 2:10
152 E. Morris, Sol, d. Burlison, 6-1
160 E. Buffington, Sky, f. Chumley
171 Rodgers, Sky, by forfeit
189 Sheridan, Sky, by forfeit
215 Carlon, Sky, m.d. Gomez, 10-2
275 Strieby, Sol, f. Hann, 1:00
103 M. Hutchison, Sky, f. Pruett, 0:28
112 Carroll, Sol, f. Janorschke, 1:48
119 Maciariello, Sky, by forfeit
125 double forfeit
130 Morse, Skyview, by forfeit
135 E. Hutchison, Sky, f. K. Morris, 0:38
Kenai 49, Soldotna 24
145 Boyle, Ken, d. Olsen, 6-4
152 E. Morris, Sol, f. Hensler, 1:55
160 Dambacher, Ken, f. Chumley, 3:47
171 Krause, Ken, by forfeit
189 Dormady, Ken, m.d. Waters, 10-2
215 Gomez, Sol, m.d. Lipps, 12-3
275 Canavan, Ken, f. Strieby, 3:47
103 Hughes, Ken, f. Pruett, 0:40
112 Aho, Ken, by forfeit
119 Carroll, Sol, d. Osbekoff, 10-6
125 Agosti, Ken, by forfeit
130 Carlson, Sol, t.f. John, 4:59
135 K. Morris, Sol, f. Harris, 1:17
140 Booth, Ken, f. Ragsdale, 1:14
Skyview 52, Kenai 18
152 Burlison, Sky, def. Hensler
160 E. Buffington, Sky, m.d. Dambacher
171 Rodgers, Sky, def. Krause
189 Dormady, Ken, by forfeit
215 Hann, Sky f. Lipps
275 Canavan, Ken, by forfeit
103 M. Hutchison, Sky, f. Hughes
112 Janorschke, Sky, d. Osbekoff
119 Agosti, Ken, f. Maciariello
125 Morse, Sky, f. John
130 double forfeit
135 E. Hutchison, Sky, t.f. Harris
140 Strausbaugh, Sky, d. Booth
145 C. Buffington, Sky, f. Boyle
Homer 38, Kenai 32
The Mariners defeated the Kardinals in a dual meet Friday in Homer.
Homer’s final two wrestlers of the meet, Eric Weinfurter at 145 pounds and Brandon Weaver at 152, each won their matches by one-point decisions, securing the team win for the Mariners.
Tris Brymer (160), Ben Daigle (103), Tom Appelhanz (119) and Simeon Daigle (135) each won by pin for the Mariners.
Michael Dormady (189), Halyn Lipps (215), Mitchell Canavan (275) and Cody Booth picked up pins for the Kardinals.
MARINERS 38, KARDINALS 32
160 Tris Brymer, Hom, f. Jaron Dambacher, 5:59
171 Kevin Krause, Ken, m.d. John Isaac, 19-6
189 Michael Dormady, Ken, f. Ben Hawkins, 2:16
215 Halyn Lipps, Ken, f. Ely Roche, 2:45
275 Mitchell Canavan, Ken, f. Michael Fielding, 3:26
103 Ben Daigle, Hom, f. Joey Aho, 1:36
112 John Hughes, Ken, m.d. Brittney Wyatt, 18-4
119 Tom Appelhanz, Hom, f. Chris Osbekoff, 3:47
125 Robby Brymer, Hom, t.f. Aaron Agosti, 18-1
130 David Ballard, Hom, d. Freddie John, 8-5
135 Simeon Daigle, Hom, f. Duncan Harris, 0:24
140 Cody Booth, Ken, f. Zack Mayes, Hom, 0:56
145 Eric Weinfurter, Hom, d. Devin Boyle, 8-7
152 Brandon Weaver, Hom, d. Justin Hensler, 14-13
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