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Panthers capture regions

Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2003

The Skyview High School wrestling team benefited from the luck of the draw, edging out the Wasilla Warriors to capture the team title at the Region III/4A Championships hosted by Wasilla Friday and Saturday.

"It was probably three times as tough as last year's regional. It's nice to be back with our region," said Skyview coach Neldon Gardner, referring to the past two seasons when wrestling was declassified and the season split by the Alaska School Activities Association.

The Panthers compiled 316.5 team points to Wasilla's 301.5. Soldotna was a distant third at 187 points.

Skyview went into the region championships looking to knock off the Warriors, and Gardner said earning some bonus points from pins in the early rounds in which Wasilla wrestlers had byes made all the difference.

Wrestlers with a bye still pick up team points for the win, but a win by pin results in two extra bonus points, and Gardner said Skyview picked up eight pins -- and 16 pin points -- in that round.

"They had just as much depth," Gardner said. "It turned out that their depth was almost identical to ours. I guess we must've had a few more third places, and we got an extra 16 points in the opening round."

Indeed, the Panthers had just one individual champion in Eli Hutchison, who wrestled to a title at 112 pounds, defeating Colony's Dustin Killian by a 5-2 decision in the final.

Wasilla had six individual champions, while the Panthers had six runners-up in Clark Buffington (119), Dallas Seavey (130), Cody Phipps (135), Brandon Cleveland (140), Shane Michael (145) and Justin Rainwater (171).

In the consolation round, though, four Skyview wrestlers -- Cameron Gardner (152), Sam Denison (160), Zach Rohr (171) and Antonio Silva (189) -- came through with third-place finishes to just two by Wasilla wrestlers.

Homer's Monte Garroutte was the only other individual title winner from the peninsula, defeating Seavey by an 8-3 decision at 130 pounds.

The Panthers did get some help in the championship round from Kodiak. The Bears took three individual titles, knocking off a pair of Warriors in the process.

"It was a good regional," Gardner said. "Soldotna did real well, Homer did real well. We're just all going to work hard and look forward to next week."

The Stars had three runners-up in TJ Stone (152), Colten Goracke (160) and Josh Brantley (275). Three Soldotna wrestlers placed third at the meet -- Brandy Goracke (130), Ben Breakfield (145) and Seth Letzring (275).

Team scores: 1. Skyview, 316.5; 2. Wasilla, 301.5; 3. Soldotna, 187.0; 4. Kodiak, 173.0; 5. Homer, 113.0; 6. Colony, 92.0; 7. Palmer, 81.5; 8. Kenai, 20.0.

Championship matches

103 -- Bo Kittley, Was, dec. Camron Hagen, Hom, 6-5

112 -- Eli Hutchison, Sky, dec. Dustin Killian, Col, 5-2

119 -- Sean Costello, Kod, tech. fall. Clark Buffington, Sky, 4:19

125 -- Clifton Ivanoff, Kod, dec. Chris Odom, Was, 7-2

130 -- Monte Garroutte, Hom, dec. Dallas Seavey, Sky, 8-3

135 -- Shawn Olivera, Col, dec. Cody Phipps, Sky, 7-4

140 -- Jonah Stewart, Pal, dec. Brandon Cleveland, Sky, 12-7

145 -- Trevor Pempek, Pal, dec. Shane Michael, Sky, 5-2

152 -- Cory Crane, Was, p. TJ Stone, Sol, 2:23

160 -- Abe Salmon, Was, dec. Colten Goracke, Sol, 8-6

171 -- Jake Wade, Was, dec. Justin Rainwater, Sky, 8-3

189 -- Jed Wade, Was, maj. dec. Jim Pollack, Hom, 14-4

215 -- Dennis Bryant, Kod, maj. dec. John Olsen, Was, 8-0

275 -- Jermaine Meisler, Was, dec. Josh Brantley, Sol, 10-6

Third-place matches

103 -- Steven Guana, Kod, p. Elliott Gauthier, Sky, 2:45

112 -- Louden Greiner, Hom, p. Shane Strausbaugh, Sky, 4:48

119 -- Steel McNeil, Kod, p. Jeremy Seteroff, Was, 1:41

125 -- Sam Loeb, Was, p. Scott Foster, Sol, 1:45

130 -- Brandy Goracke, Sol, dec. Zach Tomco, Pal, 9-5

135 -- Maston Thompson, Was, dec. Jeremy Kaufman, Sol, 5-0

140 -- Mike Miller, Was, by forfeit Casey Bowen, Was

145 -- Ben Breakfield, Sol, dec. Jimmie Miller, Sky, 7-4

152 -- Cameron Gardner, Sky, maj. dec. Cody Russell, Pal, 9-1

160 -- Sam Denison, Sky, dec. Johnny Howarth, Sol, 6-3

171 -- Zach Rohr, Sky, dec. Adam Hediger, Hom, 5-2

189 -- Antonio Silva, Sky, dec. Chris Walsh, Col, 8-6

215 -- Dominick Bellotte, Col, dec. Nick Pyfer, Sky, 3-2

275 -- Seth Letzring, Sol, p. Jared Weaver, Hom, 2:07

Fifth-place matches

103 -- Jerad Ison, Sol, dec. Ashlee Park, Was, 10-3

112 -- Jared Sundberg, Kod, dec. Jake Torwick, Sol, 6-3

119 -- Steven Fisher, Ken, p. Archie Thompson, Sky, 2:10

130 -- Billy Loosli, Ken, dec. Aaron Olsen, Kod, 7-3

135 -- Zach Aragon, Sky, p. Ammon Pettijohn, Was, 0:17

140 -- Jake Howarth, Sol, p. Thomas Hickey, Sky, 4:10

145 -- Jordan Cubbedge, Kod, p. Brandon Wright, Was, 1:59

152 -- Roland Warrior, Was, dec. Ty Schweigert, Sol, 5-2

160 -- Kyle Newman, Col, p. Bryce Lund, Kod, 4:20

171 -- Mike Nelson, Kod, tech. fall Mike Vasilie, Sol, 6:00

189 -- Chris Lawrence, Sky, dec. Nick Watkins, Kod, 6-0

215 -- Jake Heun, Pal, by default Shawn Weigle, Sol

275 -- Donald Salmon, Was, bye



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