The highly anticipated rematch turned into a lopsided match.
The Soldotna High School wrestling team defeated Skyview High School for the second time in four days in dual competition, opening up a 39-0 lead before winning 45-30 Tuesday evening at Skyview.
It was a comfortable final margin for the Stars, who edged the Panthers 38-36 in an exciting final dual of the Skyview Invitational on Saturday.
SoHi coach Scooter Hackett downplayed the result -- only his team's second dual victory over the Panthers since 2002.
"It's just another dual," Hackett said. "We've still got a lot of work to do."
Dakota Elsey delivered the decisive pin for SoHi, overcoming a 7-5 deficit against Alex Rodriguez to earn six points at 189 points. Elsey's fourth win in as many tries against Rodriguez gave the Stars a 39-0 lead with six matches remaining.
The pin came with 31 seconds left in the first period, ending one of the evening's most exciting, fast-paced matches.
"I don't know what he eats," Hackett said of Elsey, who sprung to his feet and charged toward the middle of the mat to reposition himself following each whistle. "He just goes full-bore on everything. Nobody can keep up with him."
Skyview struggled to keep pace with SoHi, losing the first eight matches.
SoHi's Taylor Hanley earned an 11-5 decision over TJ Checketts at 130; Cody Carroll, who is ranked No. 2 in the state at 135, won by forfeit; Dusty Poole, Auston Tennis and Troy Streiff earned pins at 140, 145 and 152, respectively; and Logan Patrick and Cody Warfield earned positive decisions at 160 and 171 before Elsey earned his pin at 189.
The Panthers tallied 30 points over the final six matches, but 12 of them came by forfeit.
John Alexander (215), Garren Lucas (112) and Grant Valiquette (119) notched the lone pins for the Panthers, who host Homer at 6:30 p.m. tonight.
"I told our kids last night that the way we match up with them, things could easily domino in their favor or they could domino in our favor," Skyview coach Neldon Gardner said. "We talked about getting better from Saturday, but we didn't. We kind of took a step backwards."
With another dual today, Skyview has a chance to get right back on track.
Gardner said he was pleased with about 50 percent of his athletes Tuesday, but hopes the team delivers a better performance against Homer.
"You have to have a short memory," Gardner said. "You can't get down. If you get down in the dumps, that's when you get beat."
SoHi, meanwhile, will join Skyview in competing in the Glen Vandergaw Invitational at Dimond High School on Friday and Saturday.
It will be another tuneup before the postseason.
"The team is actually looking really good," Elsey said. "I feel like a good majority of us can get to state and place, or take it all."
Soldotna 45, Skyview 30
130 -- Taylor Hanley, Sol, dec. TJ Checketts, 3-0; 135 -- Cody Carroll, Sol, won by forfeit; 140 -- Dusty Poole, Sol, p. Cajewl Musgrave, 4:59; 145 -- Auston Tennis, Sol, p. Cody Williams, 1:46; 152 -- Troy Streiff, Sol, p. Frank Navarro, 4:23; 160 -- Logan Patrick, Sol, dec. Daniel Rozak, 3-2; 171 -- Cody Warfield, Sol, dec. Joeben Hawkins, 3-1; 189 -- Dakota Elsey, p. Alex Rodriguez, 1:29; 215 -- John Alexander, Sky, p. Kyler Ledet, 4:36; HWT -- AJ Briggs, Sol, p. Joel Catalan, 4:18; 103 -- Hannah Hutchison, Sky, won by forfeit; 112 -- Garren Lucas, Sky, p. Taran Edmondson, :25; 119 -- Grant Valiquette, Sky, p. Tim Price, 4:37; 125 -- Sam Janorschke, Sky, won by forfeit.
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