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Wasilla edges Skyview for North/South crown

Posted: Sunday, November 23, 2003

Skyview won three of its four championship matches to take second place at the annual North-South Wrestling Tournament this weekend in Wasilla.

Skyview scored 169 points to finish just behind the host Wasilla Warriors, who tied Skyview with a tournament-high three individual champions. However, Wasilla racked up just enough team points to earn a narrow 6.5-point margin of victory.

Taking home top honors for the Panthers were Eli Hutchison at 119 pounds, Dallas Seavey at 130 pounds and Brandon Cleveland at 152.

Jake Savely also made it to the final match before losing a 6-2 decision to Palmer's Trevor Pempek. Skyview finished the tournament with seven wrestlers placing in the top four.

The Nikiski Bulldogs also had a strong showing at the tournament, which is considered one of the top wrestling meets of the season. The Bulldogs finished fourth out of the 24 teams participating in the event.

Nikiski finished with 78 points, led by Lance Penhale, who won a major decision over Wasilla's Alan Bartelli in the finals.

Nikiski's Justin Tumbaga earned a tight 3-1 decision over Chugiak's Travis Schultz at 140 pounds, while Jared Mazurek lost by default at 135, still good enough for fourth place.

Soldotna's Ben Breakfield was SoHi's top performer, taking second place at 160 pounds.

The Stars also got fourth-place finishes from Jeremy Kauffman at 145 pounds and Jake Howarth at 152 to finish in eleventh place with 56 points.

Other peninsula team performances included Homer in 12th place with 55 points and Kenai in 21st with nine. Monte Garroutte led the Mariners with a second-place finish at 135, while Simeon Daigle added a third-place finish for Homer.

NORTH-SOUTH WRESTLING TOURNAMENT

At Wasilla

Friday-Saturday

TEAM SCORES 1. Wasilla, 175.5; 2. Skyview, 169; 3. Kodiak, 103.5; 4. Nikiski, 78; 5. Chugiak, 76; 6. Service, 74; 7. Colony, 72.5; 8. Bartlett, 70.5; 9. (tie) Palmer, 63; 9. (tie) West Valley, 63; 11. Soldotna, 56; 12. Homer, 55; 13. Valdez, 53; 14. North Pole, 42; 15. Bethel, 39; 16. West, 35.5; 17. Eielson, 31; 18. Dimond, 22.5; 19. Nenana, 18; 20. Grace Christian, 12.5; 21. Kenai Central, 9; 22. Houston, 7; 23. Unalaska, 2; 24. Tok, 0.

CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

103 Lance Penhale, Nik, maj. dec. Alan Bartelli, Was, 8-0

112 Hollan Gravely, Col, maj. dec. Theron Apodaca, Bar, 13-0

119 Eli Hutchison, Sky, dec. Dustin Killian, Col, 6-2

125 Sean Costello, Kod, dec. Shane Manuel, Bar, 5-4

130 Dallas Seavey, Sky, dec. Clifton Ivanoff, Kod, 4-2

135 Chris Odom, Was, dec. Monte Garoutte, Hom, 11-6

140 David Wiese, WV, dec. Keylen Baxter, WV, 6-5

145 Trevor Pempek, Pal, dec. Jake Savely, Sky, 6-2

152 Brandon Cleveland, Sky, dflt. Nathan Hannah, Chu

160 Sterling Rearden, Bet, dec. Ben Breakfield, Sol 9-2

171 Sean Richie, NP, dec. Jake Wade, Was, 2-1

189 Jed Wade, Was, tech. fall Jeremiah Davidson, Nen, 19-4

215 Dennis Bryant, Kod, pin Jake Heun, Pal, 3:47

HWT Jeramiee Meisler, Was, pin Jeremy Raby, Eiel, 1:08

THIRD PLACE

103 Simeon Daigle, Hom, dec. Sabastion Sandoval, Was, 7-0

112 Sam Carlson, Chu, maj. dec. Ted Nelvis, West, 13-3

119 Gunnar Brannon, Was, Skylar Graika, Val, 3-1

125 Jeremy Banner, Val, dec. Duane Carpenter, Was, 12-10

130 Dustin Baxter, WV, dec. Ira Carson, West, 14-10

135 Adam Sycks, Ser. default Jared Mazurek, Nik

140 Justin Tumbaga, Nik, dec. Travis Schultz, Chu, 3-1

145 Drew O'Brien, Bet, dec. Jeremy Kauffman, Sol, 6-2

152 Gage Graika, Val, dec. Jake Howarth, Sol, 5-2

160 Jeff Herron, Bar, pin Derek Frazier, Ser, 2:45

171 Stephen O'Brien, Kod. dec. Willie Ratcliff, Pal, 8-4

189 Zach Rohr, Sky, dec. Keenan Chirhart, Dim, 6-5

215 Jesse Grant, Sky, pin Bo Dinstel, WV, 4:17

HWT Jason Macrander, Ser. pin Joel Morse, Sky, 1:45



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