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Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2002

Whalers to host wrestling tourney

The Soldotna Whalers Wrestling Club will host a Freestyle Wrestling Tournament Saturday at Soldotna High School. Wrestling begins at 10 a.m.

For more information, contact Jeff Breakfield at 262-1329 or BillyJo Goracke at 260-3448.

Whalers having successful season

The Soldotna Whalers Wrestling Club racked up awards at the Seward Marathon Wrestling Tournament, the Fairbanks Tanana Tournament and the Anchorage Freestyle Wrestling Tournament.

Seward Marathon Freestyle Wrestling Tournament

Placements by Soldotna Whalers

Pre-bantams (5 to 6 years old) -- Sheldon Penrod, 2nd, 40 pounds.

Bantams (7 to 8 years old) -- Preston Penrod, 1st, 60 pounds; Troy Streiff, 2nd, 60 pounds.

Midget (9 to 10 years old) -- Cody Carroll, 1st, 60 pounds; Taylor Hanley, 2nd, 60 pounds; Dylan Sterling, 1st, 65 pounds; Zach Aberkane, 1st, 70 pounds (quick pin award for division); Donny Dormady, 2nd, 103 pounds; Hugh Warner, 2nd, 112 pounds; Lance Kitchen, 3rd, 120 pounds.

Novice (11 to 12 years old) -- Candace Penrod, 1st, 65 pounds; Zayan Aberkane, 1st, 75 pounds; Ryan Hanley, 2nd, 80 pounds; Colton Carroll, 1st, 80 pounds; Fred Pollard, 3rd, 90 pounds; Zach Hibberd, 2nd, 65 pounds; Tanner Waterbury, 1st, 140 pounds.

Schoolboy (13 to 14 years old) -- Logan Wilson, 2nd, 95 pounds; Michael Dormady, 2nd, 140 pounds; Josh Allison, 1st, 160-plus pounds.

Cadet (15 to 16 years old) -- Dallas Seavey, 1st, 132 pounds (quick pin award for division); Michael Burlison, 3rd, 132 pounds; Brandy Goracke, 1st, 143 pounds; Jake Mork, 2nd, 154 pounds; Sean Whitmore, 1st, 182.5 pounds.

Junior (17 to 18 years old) -- Brandon Cleveland, 1st, 154 pounds (quick pin award for division).

Fairbanks Tanana Middle School State Tournament

March 8, 9

Placements -- Jeremy Goracke, 1st, 121 pounds; Eli Hutchison, 1st, 100 pounds; Michaela Hutchison, 1st, 80 pounds; Clark Buffington, 2nd, 115 pounds; Eddie Buffington, 3rd, 110 pounds; Zac Aragon, 3rd, 133 pounds; Jake Wilder, 4th, 133 pounds; Eric Morris, 5th, 85 pounds.

Michaela Hutchison received Outstanding Wrestler Award and is first female to place at Fairbanks Tanana Tournament.

Anchorage Freestyle Wrestling Tournament

March 16

Placements by Soldotna Whalers

Pre-bantams -- Jesse Littrell, 3rd, 35 pounds; Seth Hutchison, 1st, 40 pounds; Sheldon Penrod, 3rd, 40 pounds.

Bantam -- Hannah Hutchison, 2nd, 45 pounds; Preston Penrod, 2nd, 60 pounds; Troy Streiff, 3rd, 60 pounds; David Dormady, 3rd, 65 pounds.

Midget -- Cody Carroll, 2nd, 60 pounds; Monica Hutchison, 2nd, 65 pounds; Zac Aberkane, 1st, 70 pounds; Hugh Warner, 1st, 103 pounds; Donny Dormady, 2nd, 103 pounds; Lance Kitchens, 1st, 120 pounds.

Novice -- Candace Penrod, 1st, 65 pounds; Zach Hibberd, 2nd, 65 pounds; Zayan Aberkane, 2nd, 75 pounds; Colton Carroll, 1st, 80 pounds; Ryan Hanley, 2nd, 80 pounds; Cody Booth, 1st, 95 pounds; Jordan Goracke, 1st, 100 pounds; Tim Gleason, 2nd, 120 pounds; Tanner Waterbury, 1st, 140 pounds.

Schoolboy -- Michaela Hutchison, 1st, 80 pounds; Logan Wilson, 3rd, 95 pounds; Clark Buffington, 1st, 115 pounds; Eddie Buffington, 2nd, 120 pounds.

Cadet -- Eli Hutchison, 1st, 103.5 pounds; Brandy Goracke, 1st, 143 pounds; Sean Whitmore, 1st, 182.5 pounds.

Pettitte healthy, Ventura hurt for Yankees

Andy Pettitte might be ready for the New York Yankees when the season starts, but the AL champions could be missing Robin Ventura.

Pettitte, pitching in a major league spring training game for the first time since March 3, allowed one run in four innings of New York's 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday in Clearwater, Fla.

Pettitte had thrown twice in minor league games since being scratched from a start on March 8 because of a strained left elbow.

''Oh yeah,'' Yankees manager Joe Torre said when asked if Pettitte would be in the rotation to start the regular season. ''We just don't know where he'll fit in.''

Pettitte struck out three and walked one. He threw 39 of 60 pitches for strikes. He will make one more exhibition start.

''All in all, it was a great day,'' Pettitte said. ''I just want to get the pitches and the innings without any setbacks.''

The news wasn't all good for the Yankees. Ventura sprained his left ankle and is questionable for next week's season opener.

Martin suspended for two games by NBA

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Despite calls from coaches and teammates to cool it after a fifth suspension for a flagrant foul, New Jersey Nets bad boy Kenyon Martin vowed not to change his physical game.

Martin on Monday was suspended for two more games -- his sixth and seventh of the season -- for throwing an elbow at Shareef Abdur-Rahim of Atlanta on Sunday in the fourth quarter of the Nets' 116-102 win.

Huggins: I'm staying at Cincinnati

CINCINNATI -- Bob Huggins' loyalty to Cincinnati won out over his allegiance to his alma mater.

Huggins decided to stay with the Bearcats on Monday, turning down West Virginia's offer to take over as head basketball coach.

''It was a very hard decision,'' Huggins told The Associated Press on Monday night. ''Both schools have been great to me.''

Huggins said that consideration of his family and his players played a part in his decision, but the support of the community and working conditions at Cincinnati also were deciding factors.

''UC is a great place, and the community has been great to me for 13 years,'' Huggins said.

After being courted by West Virginia, Huggins had a series of meetings with Cincinnati athletic director Bob Goin, the latest on Monday afternoon.

Huggins informed West Virginia officials of his decision early Monday evening.

''Today we got the feeling things weren't going where we thought we were going with it,'' West Virginia assistant athletic director Mike Parsons said. ''He wished us well and offered to help the university in any way he could.''

Huggins said there had been no talk of a contract extension with Cincinnati. Since 1995, the university has paid Huggins $130,000 per year into a deferred annuity designed to keep him at Cincinnati. His contract allows him to collect it after this season.

Goin said Huggins' connection with his alma mater seemed to be the main issue in the coach's consideration of West Virginia's offer.

''Money was very seldom talked about,'' he said.

When asked if he would leave Cincinnati to coach in the NBA, Huggins said he had had those types of offers in the past.

Huggins said the decision to turn down West Virginia was difficult.

''I have tremendous feelings for West Virginia University and what they did for me -- the opportunity they gave me,'' he said.

Goin said at a news conference Monday night that he was worried at times in the last week that he'd lost Huggins to West Virginia.

''I was up and down like the stock market,'' he said. ''I could see the passion and enthusiasm he has for his alma mater. It hurts him to see it down the way it is.''

West Virginia set school records for losses in two of the past four seasons and has had discipline problems. The Mountaineers were 8-20 this season, including a 1-15 record and last-place finish in the Big East.

Cincinnati, meanwhile, finished 31-4 this year, upset by UCLA 105-101 in double overtime in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Huggins built a perennial Top 25 program at Cincinnati. His teams won or shared the Conference USA regular season title in each of the league's seven years.

Huggins is 500-172 in 22 seasons as a head coach, including 13 at Cincinnati.

The 48-year-old Huggins played for West Virginia from 1975-77, and he began his coaching career there as a graduate assistant. He was let go when Gale Catlett left Cincinnati to take the West Virginia job.

Catlett resigned last month after 30 years as West Virginia's coach. He went 565-320 there.



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