Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2001

Bulldogs take four titles at Grace Invite

The Nikiski wrestling team took four individual championships Friday and Saturday at the Grace Invitational in Anchorage.

Also from the Kenai Peninsula, Skyview, Soldotna and Seward each took one individual championship.

Grace Invitational

Friday, Saturday

Championship round

103 -- Hundorf, Nikiski, p. Banner, Valdez, 5:14

112 -- Phipps, Skyview, won by forfeit over Seavey, Skyview

119 -- Wicker, Nikiski, p. Jacob Madrid, Ken, 5:54

125 -- Major, Valdez, p. Garroutte, Homer, 3:02

130 -- Aitken, Nikiski, dec. Savely, Sky, 7-6

135 -- McCartney, Dillingham, p. La Shot, Kenai, 1:08

140 -- Savo, Dillingham, dec. Davis, Seward, 3-1

145 -- Goracke, Soldotna, dec. Morse, Skyview, 2:50

152 -- Draper, Seward, p. Wagenaar, Skyview, 2:50

160 -- Erickson, Houston, dec. Howarth, Soldotna, 7-5

171 -- Bennis, Dillingham, dec. Gaddis, Skyview, 13-12

189 -- Wiese, Cordova, p. Rainwater, Skyview, 5:46

215 -- Dunbar, ACS, t.f. Bengston, Glennallen, 5:55

275 -- Luna, Nikiski, dec. Brantley, Soldotna, 11-7

Third-place matches

103 -- Balfe, Grace, p. Jauregui, Skyview, 2:01

112 -- Cuifo, Soldotna, dec. Hagen, Homer, 8-4

119 -- Leach, Skyview, dec. McCambley, Dillingham, 8-4

125 -- Geffe, Glennallen, p. Lasky, Skyview, 2:17

130 -- Miller, Ninilchik, p. Graika, Valdez, 1:34

135 -- Cooper, ACS, dec. McCaughey, Nikiski, 9-3

140 -- McCarty, ACS, m.d. Nabinger, Skyview, 13-3

145 -- Dodd, Valdez, dec. Russell, Ninilchik, 8-2

152 -- Stone, Soldotna, Dec. Johansen, Valdez, 6-3

160 -- Allen, ACS, dec. Rohr, Skyview, 9-5

171 -- Borja, Seward, dec. Ghormley, Soldotna, 9-4

189 -- Romberg, Soldotna, dec. Dovel, Valdez, 3-1

215 -- Weigle, Soldotna, p. Shurtleff, Houston, 2:05

275 -- Clark, Dillingham, p. Morse, Skyview, 4:06

UAF takes two from UAA

FAIRBANKS -- University of Alaska Fairbanks scored three straight goals in the third period en route to a 5-3 victory over interstate rival University of Alaska Anchorage in game two of the Governor's Cup series Saturday.

The Nanooks, who won 5-2 on Friday, claimed the first two games of the series, which finishes with two games in Anchorage at the end of the season, March 1-2.

The Nanooks took a 1-0 lead in the first period on a power play goal by Ryan Campbell. Anchorage tied on a goal by Eric Lawson. The Seawolves then took a 2-1 lead in the second period on a goal by Steve Sulhkonen, only to see the Nanooks come back to tie the score with a goal by freshman Scott Vockeroth.

The Nanooks then took a 5-2 lead on goals by Jason Grinevitch, David Keough and Cam Keith. Anchorage got a power play goal by Dallas Steward to complete the scoring with 1:45 left in the game.

With the win UAF improved to 5-1 on the season. Anchorage fell to 1-2-1.

Davenport hands Capriati first loss as No. 1

ZURICH, Switzerland -- Lindsay Davenport dealt Jennifer Capriati her first loss as No. 1, winning 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 Saturday in the semifinals of the Swisscom Challenge.

Davenport, who four times has been ranked No. 1, reached her fourth final in five tournaments.

''I couldn't get a grip at first,'' Capriati said. ''I didn't feel nervous at all but maybe I wasn't playing as confident today.''

Davenport will meet fourth-seeded Jelena Dokic in Sunday's final. Dokic beat fifth-seeded Nathalie Tauziat 6-2, 6-2. Dokic has lost all three of her previous matches against Davenport.

Hewitt loses shot at No. 1

STUTTGART, Germany -- Lleyton Hewitt's bid to become No. 1 this week ended with a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 loss to Tommy Haas on Saturday in the semifinals of the Stuttgart Masters.

Haas, trying to win his second tournament in two weeks, ended the U.S. Open champion's 17-match winning streak. Hewitt could have overtaken Gustavo Kuerten for the top ranking by winning in Stuttgart.

''It doesn't worry me at all,'' Hewitt said. ''Coming into the tournament I had one goal in mind and that was to work my game as I can to give myself a chance of winning the Davis Cup at the end of the year.''

''If I finish No. 1, so be it,'' the Australian added. ''Coming into the tournament Guga was so far ahead, it didn't enter my mind. I haven't really thought about the whole week.''

Haas, seeded 15th, will play qualifier Max Mirnyi of Belarus for the title Sunday. Mirnyi continued his strong run, beating Yevgeny Kafelnikov 7-6 (3), 6-3 to reach his first final in an important tournament.

Haas captured his third title of the season last week in Vienna, Austria. The German has won nine matches in a row.

Hewitt beat Haas in the fourth round of the U.S. Open en route to the title. But on Saturday he double-faulted to drop the second set and Haas broke serve to win the match. Hewitt saved two match points before sending a backhand long.

Hewitt was runner-up in Stuttgart last year and was seeded third this time.

''I really struggled with my first serve,'' he said. ''That was probably the telling thing.''

Haas moved to No. 8 in the Champions Race and could qualify for the season-ending Masters Cup in Sydney, Australia, that brings together the top eight players.

''I've been playing some extremely good tennis the last couple of weeks,'' Haas said.

Mirnyi used his serve-and-volley game to oust the fifth-seeded Kafelnikov, his good friend.

This week, Mirnyi upset French Open champion Kuerten, Wimbledon winner Goran Ivanisevic and former No. 1 Pete Sampras. He saved two match points in each of the first two matches.

Mirnyi also saved two match points in a qualifying match and the ATP believes this is the first time a player has saved match points in three matches in the same tournament.

In one week, Mirnyi has defeated players with 19 Grand Slam titles among them.

''I never had any doubt about myself,'' Mirnyi said. ''Whether it was going to be this week or last year or next year, I wasn't going to change any of my training habits.''

He won the U.S. Open doubles title in 2000 with Hewitt as partner and is better known as a doubles specialist. But he has been improving as a singles player and finished last year at No. 40.

''I've played a lot of these guys in doubles and I've beaten them,'' Mirnyi said. ''I know I am capable of beating them. It's just a matter of putting everything together, which I'm doing this week.''

Kafelnikov, a former No. 1 who has won French Open and Australian Open titles, dropped serve in the third game of the second set. The Russian broke back in the next game, only to be broken again and Mirnyi closed the match. Mirnyi finished with 10 aces.

Mirnyi entered the tournament at No. 53 in the season-long Champions Race that produces the top-ranked player at the end of the year.

The $2.95 million Stuttgart tournament is part of the Masters Series, the nine events that rank just below the four Grand Slams.

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