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Panthers wrestlers take Grace Invitational

Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2000

The Skyview High School wrestling team took the team title in the first big meet of the season, edging Dillingham and Nikiski for the Grace Invitational Saturday at Grace Christian in Anchorage.

Skyview Compiled 179.5 points in the team standings. Second-place Dillingham totaled 167 points and third-place Nikiski scored 164.5 points.

The Panthers sent nine wrestlers to the tournament championship and third-place matches and placed three wrestlers on the top step of the podium. Cody Phipps started off the championship round for Skyview with a victory at 103 pounds, winning by pin in 2 minutes, 45 seconds.

Neil Strausbaugh recorded a win with a 7-3 decision at 130 pounds and Nate Morse defeated Soldotna's Johnny Howarth with an 8-1 decision at 145 pounds.

The fourth-place Stars had two other runners-up in Jared Carlson at 152 pounds and Justin Whitmore at 171 pounds.

Kenai's top finisher was Jacob LaShot, who placed third at 125 pounds with a 7-1 decision over Nikiski's Chris McCaughey.

Nikiski's Neil Fucci took an individual championship with a win by a 12-5 decision in the finals at 135 pounds. Joshua Meeks won by 6-4 decision at 160 pounds for the Bulldogs, who had eight wrestlers competing in the championship and third-place matches.

Rex Savely led the way for Ninilchik with a win by decision at 119 pounds.

Grace Invitational Tournament

Team results: 1. Skyview 179.5, 2. Dillingham 167.0; 3. Nikiski 164.5, 4. Soldotna 113.5, 5. Homer 93.5, 6. Valdez 87.0, 7. Houston 84.5, 8. Anchorage Christian 84.0, 9. Ninilchik 79.0, 10. Seward 60.0, 11. Glennallen 52.0, 12. Kenai 47.0, 13. Bristol Bay 35.5, 14. Kenny Lake 30.0, 15. Nenana 22.0, 16. Grace 15.0, 17. Seldovia 14.0, 18. Tok 3.0.

Championship matches

103 -- Phipps, Sky, p. Hagen, Hom, 2:45

112 -- J. Savely, Nin, dec. J. Wicker, Nik, 11-7

119 -- R. Savely, Nin, dec. Foy, Dil, 8-2

125 -- McCartney, Dil, dec. Case, Val, 6-3

130 -- Strausbaugh, Sky, dec. Manyoky, ACS, 7-3

135 -- Fucci, Nik, dec. Childers, Una, 12-5

140 -- Salvo, Dil, p. Rininger, Sew, 3:05

145 -- Morse, Sky, dec. Howarth, Sol, 8-1

152 -- Dosser, KL, p. Carlson, Sol, 3:24

160 -- Meeks, Nik, dec. Fraker, Hom, 6-4

171 -- Bennis, Dil, dec. Whitmore, Sol, 7-3

189 -- Shurtleff, Hou, by default Gaddis, Sky

215 -- Dahlstrom, Val, p. Stirling, Sew, 2:45

275 -- Johnson, Dil, p. Urinko, Una, 3:58

Third-place matches

103 -- Huhndorf, Nik, dec. V. Kruzick, Nin, 7-2

112 -- Smith, Hou, dec. Pharris, Sky, 7-5

119 -- Hutchison, Sky, dec. Garroutte, Hom, 5-4

125 -- LaShot, Ken, dec. McCaughey, Nik, 7-1

130 -- Fritzie, Dil, maj. dec. Gardner, Una, 12-2

135 -- Hughes, Gle, dec. Nabinger, Sky, 5-1

140 -- Sadler, Sky, dec. Anderson, BB, 3-2

145 -- Calderwood, Nik, p. Clark, Hom, 3:33

152 -- Allen, ACS, dec. Nicholsen, Dil, 6-3

160 -- Plate, Sky, dec. Wiles, Ken, Ken, 8-2

171 -- Smith, Hou, dec. Legner, Una, 6-4 OT

189 -- Sloat, Nen, dec. Lavigueur, Nik, 8-5

215 -- Bengtson, Gle, p. Bass, Sol, 0:53

275 -- Brantley, Sol, p. Luna, Nik, 0:36



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