The Homer High School wrestling team got the job done on the mat Thursday at Soldotna High School.
Unfortunately for the Mariners, the classes in which they were unable to send a wrestler out on the mat proved to be their downfall as the Soldotna Stars won four matches by forfeit to win the dual meet 42-29.
Still, Homer coach Chris Perk was thrilled to see those that wrestled, wrestle well.
"Any time you get to wrestle, it's fun," Perk said. "That's the whole point of working and making weight.
"We were light today, a couple of kids are out, but I never would have thought we'd win the first six matches."
Also at Thursday's meet, the Kenai Central squad was able to match up with members of the Homer and Soldotna teams, giving
the young Kardinals some valuable experience.
"I'm seeing a lot of improvement," said Kenai coach Tony Prior. "We'll keep working on conditioning, and the moves are coming around for a lot of the younger kids."
Prior was pleased to see Jacob La Shot take his match by major decision at 135 pounds and Jacob Madrid win by major decision at 125. Amber Brown, Kenai's 103-pounder, also posted a win by decision for the Kardinals.
"All the young guys wrestled sound matches," Prior said. "We're trying to get the younger guys as many matches as possible. Once we get them out there, then we can see what we need to work on and go from there."
Perk and Soldotna coach Sarge Truesdell also were pleased with the improvement they saw on the mat, particularly from the younger members of their squads.
"The younger kids did really well," Truesdell said. "Some of them got worked over by the Homer guys, but a lot of my older guys got the forfeits. A couple of guys did get their first win in high school competition."
Kurt Romberg won his match at 189 with a pin while Ryan Fuller picked up a win for the Stars with a pin at 140.
Truesdell also liked the way Matt Vasile wrestled in a loss at 103 pounds.
"He only weighs about 92 pounds, but he's doing well at 103," Truesdell said.
Fuller's opponent at 140, Homer's Michael Svymbersky, also is showing a big improvement since the start of the season.
"He made it three rounds. Last weekend, he didn't make it out of the first period," Perk said. "These guys did the moves that we've been working on all week. As a coach, that's optimal when you can shout out a move and they do it."
SOLDOTNA 42, HOMER 29
103 -- Grenier, Hom, dec. Vasile, Sol, 13-10
112 -- Hagen, Hom, dec. Cuifo, Sol, 11-4
119 -- Scott, Hom, p. Foster, Sol
125 -- Garroutte, Hom, maj. dec. Tachik, Sol, 13-2
130 -- Wilson, Hom, maj. dec. Shangin, Sol, 13-2
135 -- James, Hom, p. Cameron, Sol
140 -- Fuller, Sol, p. Svymbersky, Hom
145 -- C. Goracke, Sol, by forfeit
152 -- Stone, Sol, by forfeit
160 -- Howarth, Sol, by forfeit
171 -- Hediger, Hom, dec. Ghormley, Sol, 11-8
189 -- Romberg, Sol, p. Bowers, Ken
215 -- Weigle, Sol, p. Weaver, Hom
275 -- Brantley, Sol, by forfeit
Exhibition -- Hampton, Ken, p. Cummings, Sol
125 -- Madrid, Ken, maj. dec. G. Scott, Hom, 12-2
140 -- Ghormley, Sol, dec. O'Dell, Ken, 15-14
160 -- Simpson, Sol, p. Merchant, Ken
275 -- Letzring, Sol, p. Crum, Hom
135 -- LaShot, Ken, maj. dec. Kauffman, Sol, 15-5
103 -- Vasile, Sol, p. Fennell, Hom
Exhibition -- Brown, Ken, dec. Cummings, Sol, 8-2
140 -- Warton, Sol, dec. O'Dell, Ken, 10-4
160 -- Chase, Sol, maj. dec. Merchant, Ken, 10-2
189 -- Hicks, Sol, dec. Dormady, Ken, 8-3
103 -- Fennell, Hom, dec. Hampton, Ken, 4-3
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