Skyview, Homer, Ketchikan and Soldotna warmed up for the tons of wrestling that will be offered at the Peninsula Duals Friday and Saturday at Nikiski by doing tons of wrestling Thursday night at Skyview.
Soldotna defeated Ketchikan, 51-16, and Homer, 64-22, in dual meets, while Skyview defeated Ketchikan, 34-27, and Homer, 48-11, in dual meets.
"We've been saying for years that we're a young team, but that we're going to be pretty good one day," Soldotna coach Sarge Truesdell said. "Maybe we've finally arrived. We did a good job wrestling tonight."
Truesdell was particularly tickled with the way his team wrestled against Ketchikan. Soldotna won a lot of close matches against the Kings, and only came out on the bottom of three matches.
Colten Goracke picked up a big victory, scoring a major decision over Ketchikan's Matt Haseltine, who is ranked second in the state.
Against Homer, Matt Vasile pinned Louden Greiner. Vasile had lost to Greiner earlier this season.
Finally, Truesdell like the continued improvement of Matt Hicks, a 171-pounder. Hicks, only a freshman, won both his matches Thursday. Truesdell said Hicks went out for wrestling to stay in shape for football and basketball, but it has turned out that he's a pretty good wrestler, too.
Homer coach Chris Perk said he got the usual up-and-down performance from his group of freshmen and sophomores.
Two of those wrestlers scored pretty big victories in the dual meet against Skyview. Jim Pollack defeated Vance Gaddis 4-3 and Tommy James topped Brandon Cleveland 7-3. Perk said James had lost to Cleveland four or five times in the last two years.
The coach also liked the continued solid performances from Monte Garroutte at 125. Garroutte won twice Thursday and has only lost one match this year.
Skyview coach Neldon Gardner said his team acted fatigued in sweeping both dual meets.
"I'm not sure if it was because they stayed up a little late on Halloween or what, but we just looked tired today," Gardner said. "It didn't look like we were ready to wrestle."
Gardner did like what he saw out of Dallas Seavey at 112 pounds and Jake Savely at 130. Those two both were undefeated Thursday.
Mike Lasky, a 125-pounder, went 1-1, but Gardner still liked the way he wrestled in losing to Garroutte. Garroutte had pinned Lasky in a tournament final this year, but Thursday Lasky managed to stay out of a pin Thursday.
Finally, Gardner said the other highlight of the evening was when Ben Nabinger picked up an 8-5 victory over Ketchikan's Steve Haseltine.
SOLDOTNA 51, KETCHIKAN 16
103 -- Matt Jones, Ket, m.d. Matt Vasile, 14-0
112 -- Luke Cuifo, Sol, dec. David Mann, 9-6
119 -- Jes Boyd, Ket, p. Scott Foster, :21
125 -- Shane Tachick, Sol, dec. Jeff Jones, 3-2
130 -- Leroy Shangin, Sol, won by forfeit
135 -- Brand Goracke, Sol, p. Adam Gregg, 1:24
140 -- Steve Haseltine, Ket, p. Tyler Cameron, 1:58
145 -- Colten Goracke, Sol, m.d. Matt Haseltine, 15-6
152 -- T.J. Stone, Sol, dec. Houston Laws, 11-6
160 -- Johnny Howarth, Sol, p. Zach Thompson, 3:54
171 -- Todd Ghormley, Sol, dec. Nick Conley, 5-3
189 --Kurt Romberg, Sol, won by forfeit
215 -- Shawn Weigle, Sol, p. Adam Marshall, 3:05
275 -- Josh Brantley, Sol, won by forfeit
SOLDOTNA 64, HOMER 22
103 -- Matt Vasile, Sol, p. Louden Greiner, 3:50
112 -- Devion Hagen, Hom, p. Luke Cuifo, 3:01
119 -- Scott Foster, Sol, won by forfeit
125 -- Monte Garroutte, Hom, p. Shane Tachick, 5:43
130 -- Wade Wilson, Hom, m.d. Jeremy Kauffman, 17-4
135 -- Tyler Cameron, Sol, dec. Tommy James, 6-4
140 -- Nic Warton, Sol, p. Mike Svymbersky, 1:48
145 -- Colten Goracke, Sol, won by forfeit
152 --T.J. Stone, Sol, won by forfeit
160 -- Johnny Howarth, Sol, won by forfeit
171 -- Jim Pollack, Hom, p. Mike Vasile, 0:49
189 -- Matt Hicks, Sol, p. Jared Weaver, 1:41
215 -- Seth Letzring, Sol, p. Cody Crum, 0:47
275 -- Josh Brantley, Sol, won by forfeit
SKYVIEW 34, KETCHIKAN 27
103 -- Matt Jones, Ket, p. Alex Jauregui, :39
112 -- Dallas Seavey, Sky, p. David Mann, 4:23
119 -- Jes Boyd, Ket, m.d. Cody Phipps, 9-0
125 -- Mike Lasky, Sky, dec. Jeff Jones, 10-8
130 -- Jake Savely, Sky, won by forfeit
135 -- Brandon Cleveland, Sky, p. Adam Gregg, 3:31
140 -- Ben Nabinger, Sky, dec. Steve Haseltine, 8-5
145 -- Jake Mork, Sky, dec. Matt Haseltine, 5-2
152 -- Nate Morse, Sky, dec. Houston Laws, 12-4
160 -- Zach Thompson, Ket, p. Mark Rozak, 2:50
171 -- Vance Gaddis, Sky, p. Nick Conley, 1:30
189 -- Justin Rainwater, Sky, p. Nick Conley, 1:37
215 -- Adam Marshall, Ket, p. Ole Olson, 1:53
275 -- Double forfeit
SKYVIEW 48, HOMER 11
103 -- Alex Jauregui, Sky, dec. Louden Greiner, 9-2
112 -- Dallas Seavey, Sky, dec. Devion Hagen, 9-4
119 -- Cody Phipps, Sky, won by forfeit
125 -- Monte Garroutte, Hom, t.f. Mike Lasky
130 -- Jake Savely, Sky, dec. Wade Wilson, 11-3
135 -- Tommy James, Hom, dec. Brandon Cleveland, 7-3
140 -- Ben Nabinger, Sky, won by forfeit
145 -- David Jackson, Sky, p. Mike Svymbersky, 2:22
152 -- Nate Morse, Sky, won by forfeit
160 -- Zack Rohr, Sky, won by forfeit
171 -- Jim Pollack, Hom, dec. Vance Gaddis, 4-3
189 -- Justin Rainwater, Sky, p. Jared Weaver, :33
215 -- Ole Olson, Sky, dec. Cody Crum, 17-9
171 -- Matt Hicks, Sol, dec. Antonio Silva, Sky, 7-2
160 -- Shane Michael, Sky, p. Andy Hennerd, 1:32
189 --Mike Vasile, Sol, dec. Chris Lawrence, Sky, 6-4
189 -- Nick Pyfer, Sky, p. Nick Evans, 3:34
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