Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, November 03, 2002

Skyview second at Chugiak Invite

The Skyview wrestling team finished second at Friday and Saturday's Chugiak Invitational at Bartlett High School.

Lathrop won the meet with 178.5 points. Skyview was second with 168.5 points, and the peninsula's other representative, Soldotna, was fourth with 136.5 points.

Skyview got championships from Cody Phipps at 130 pounds and Eli Hutchison at 112 pounds. Justin Rainwater also was second at 189 pounds for Skyview.

For Soldotna, Brandy Goracke (135) and Josh Brantley (275) won titles. Colten Goracke (160) and Johnny Howarth (171) were second.

Chugiak Invitational

Friday, Saturday

at Bartlett High School

Team scores: 1. Lathrop, 178.5; 2. Skyview, 168.5; 3. Wasilla, 168; 4. Soldotna, 136.5; 5. Chugiak, 130.5; 6. Service, 111.5; 7. Dimond, 106; 8. Bartlett, 97.5; 9. Kodiak, 65; 10. Palmer, 60.5; 11. Unattached, 53; 12 (tie). East, West, 36.

Championship round

103 -- Justin Beyer, Lat, p. Brian Dennehey, Ser, 1:06.

112 -- Eli Hutchison, Sky, p. Josh Herr, Chu, 1:59.

119 -- Ed Bailey, Chu, dec. Dustin Cline, Bar, 3-2.

125 -- Darin Pestrikoff, Dim, dec. Sean Costello, Kod, 9-5.

130 -- Cody Phipps, Sky, p. Jason Cline, Bar, 4:33.

135 -- Brandy Goracke, Sol, m.d. Joe Harris, Lat, 21-7.

140 -- Stan Brown, Chu, m.d. Jonah Stewart, Pal, 13-4.

145 -- Mike Osborn, Lat, p. Dan Bailey, Chu, 3:59.

152 -- Jeff Herron, Bar, p. Michael Weaver, Eas, 3:20.

160 -- Cory Crane, Was, m.d. Colten Goracke, Sol, 14-2.

171 -- Kyle Vandenwyst, Lat, p. Johnny Howarth, Sol, 0:41.

189 -- Jed Wade, Was, m.d. Justin Rainwater, Sky, 11-3.

215 -- Gabe Nicholson, Lat, t.f. Dennis Bryant, Kod, 5-3.

275 -- Josh Brantley, Sol, p. Greg Marlow, Bar, 3:55.

Oracle takes second place among Cup challengers

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) -- Oracle of San Francisco won back-to-back races Sunday to overtake OneWorld of Seattle and move into second place in the America's Cup challenger series.

The competition marked the end of the round-robin stage. Nine teams from six countries began Oct. 1, and this round finished two days late because of repeated weather postponements. Eight yachts advance to the quarterfinals, which start Nov. 12.

The winner of the four-month Louis Vuitton Cup will face defender New Zealand in the America's Cup final in February.

Oracle won its seven straight race in the second round after beating Le Defi of France by 1 minute, 7 seconds and Victory Challenge of Sweden by 43 seconds.

Oracle's two wins Sunday brought it even with OneWorld with 12 points from 16 races, but the San Francisco team was deemed to have finished second on the basis of its second round win over OneWorld.

OneWorld, which had a point deducted by the race committee for a rules violation before the competition, had won the first meeting of the teams but the more recent match counts in determining tiebreakers.

The start of racing Sunday was delayed almost three hours because the wind was too light. Racing finally began in wind of about 11 knots.

A match between series-leading Alinghi and Prada did not take place. Alinghi decided Saturday, after several breakages in recent matches, to spare its boat. Prada accepted its decision and no point was allocated.

The outcome will have no major effect on challenger standings on possible matchups for quarterfinals. The significance of Oracle's second-place finish is that it will have the right to chose who it will race in a repechage -- a round in which it will have another chance to advance -- if it loses its quarterfinal.

Most standings were determined by results in the final full round of matches Saturday. Alinghi sealed the top place and the right to choose its quarterfinal rival from among the top four qualifiers.

Victory finished in fifth place and will similarly be able to choose its opponent in best-of-seven matches among the bottom four teams.

Mascalzone Latino of Italy placed ninth and was eliminated from the challenger series when it lost by 1:10 Saturday to Le Defi of France.

The Swiss syndicate has to announce its preferred opponent within 24 hours of the conclusion of round two. Victory most likely will race eighth-placed Le Defi in the bottom-half quarterfinals.

That would leave Britain's GBR Challenge to race New York's Stars & Stripes in a quarterfinal. Britain and New York met in the first America's Cup race off the Isle of Wight in 1851.

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