About 90 wrestlers representing eight schools met at Ninilchik Saturday for the Ninilchik Invitational.
Ninilchik normally holds the opening tournament for the wrestling season, but this year's tournament included three additions. Skyview, Kenai and Homer, all Class 4A schools or schools with more than 400 students, participated in the event.
In the past, the tournament has been for Class 1-2-3A schools, or schools with less than 400 students, because Class 4A schools hadn't started their wrestling seasons yet.
The smaller schools are competing with the Class 4A peninsula schools for the entire fall season because of the changes made by the Alaska School Activities Association and Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Donna Peterson.
Last winter, ASAA voted to declassify wrestling and hold it in two separate seasons in the fall and spring.
Peterson then decided to put all of the peninsula's schools in the fall season.
Meanwhile, all the Class 4A schools from Anchorage, the Matanuska-Susitna valleys and Fairbanks decided to wrestle in the spring.
Ninilchik coach Ron Records lamented that his wrestlers must now compete with students in 4A schools to go to the state championships. He still managed to enjoy the event, however.
"I thought it was a very good tournament," he said.
Records said the most exciting match was between Anchorage Christian Schools' Lionel Manyoky, a 3A champion, and Skyview's Neil Strausbaugh, a 4A champion. Strausbaugh won by decision, 7-5.
Records and Ninilchik Principal Mike Weatherby, who serves as the team's assistant coach, thought Houston's performance was impressive and intimidating.
"They looked tough," Weatherby said.
Houston won the tournament with 105 points, while Skyview was second with 95.
TEAM SCORES -- 1. Houston, 105; 2. Skyview, 95; 3. Anchorage Christian, 75; 4. Ninilchik, 61;l 5. Homer, 53; 6. Kenai, 35; 7. Grace Christian, 24; 8. Seldovia, 21.
103 -- D. Hagen, Hom, p. C. Phipps, 5:45
112 -- T. Smith, Hou, p. J. Allen, ACS, 3:58
119 -- J. Madrid, Ken, p. J. Savely, Nin, 1:55
125 -- R. Savely, Nin, won by injury default over S. Miller, Nin
130 -- N. Strausbaugh, Sky, dec. L. Manyoky, ACS, 7-5
135 -- B. Nabinger, Sky, p. L. Bollerud, Hou, 1:38
140 -- M. Sandinge, Hou, p. G. Spain, 3:45
145 -- M. Karron, Sky, p. S. Denison, Sky, 1:48
152 -- D.J. Sandinge, Hou, p. J. Tulip, Gra, :51
160 -- C. Wiles, Ken, maj. dec. J. Matson, Nin, 10-2
171 -- J. Geagel, Sel, p. D. Vergason, Gra, :41
189 -- R. Corazza, Hom, p. L. Russel, Nin, 1:07
215 -- V. Gaddis, Sky, p. J. Homan, ACS, 1:51
HWT -- J. Wells won by forfeit
103 -- C. Beechwood, Hom, p. S. Parker, Hom, 1:45
112 -- C. O'Mary, Hou , p. C. White, ACS, 1:15
119 -- D. Leach, Sky, maj. dec. J. Moe, ACS, 14-2
125 -- B. Cleveland, Sky, p. R. Parrish, ACS, 1:35
130 -- Potter (school not avail.) p. C. Jones, ACS, :31
135 -- Z. Rohr, Nin, p. D. Cooper, 4:33
140 -- K. Butler, Ken, p. C. Odell, Ken, :50
145 -- J. Nagel, Hou, p. N. Johnson, Sky, 1:00
152 -- P. Bennet, ACS, dec. T. Smyth, Hou, 10-9
160 -- J. Nicoll, Hou, p. G. Bjore, Hou, 1:10
171 -- A. Hediger, Hom, p. A. Silva, Sky, 2:45
189 -- K. Caffroy, Hom, dec. R. Mack, Gra, 5-4
215 -- J. Collier, Sel, p. J. Weaver, Hom, :55
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