Bulldogs rule Area 3

Posted: Sunday, December 10, 2000

Behind Most Valuable Wrestler Neil Fucci, Nikiski won the Area 3 Championships Saturday at Grace Christian in Anchorage.

The Bulldogs rolled up 320 points to top runner-up Soldotna by 70 points. Homer led the rest of the peninsula schools with a fourth-place finish, while Ninilchik was fifth and Seldovia was eighth.

Fucci was one of five Nikiski wrestlers to win Area championships. He cemented his Most Valuable Wrestler status by pinning Seldovia's Bryan Chartier in the finals at 135 pounds.

Other Nikiski wrestler taking home championships were Chris McCaughey at 125, Steven Calderwood at 145, Chris Roofe at 160 and Angelo Luna at 275. Bulldogs coming up short in the championship round were Josh Hundorf at 103, Joey Wicker at 112, Anthony Lorenzo at 140 and Joshua Meeks at 152. All told, Nikiski sent 19 wrestlers on to next weekend's state tournament at Kenai Central High School.

The Stars didn't put a bunch of wrestlers in the championship round, but they earned second place with strong performances in the third- and fifth-place matches. Justin Whitmore (171) and Shawn Weigle (189) both earned championships for Soldotna, while Seth Letzring (215) and Josh Urinko (275) earned seconds. But Soldotna's depth came into play as the Stars sent 17 on to the state meet.

Homer also had a successful day as it sent 13 wrestler to the state meet, with Devion Hagen (103), Billy Greenstreet (112) and Adam Crum (215) taking championships and Monte Garroutte (119), Chris Fraker (160) and Justice Cousins (171) taking seconds.

Ninilchik got a lot of mileage out of its small population, with coach Ron Records earning Coach of the Year laurels for his efforts. Rex Savely took a championships at 119, Steven Miller took second at 125 and a total of nine Wolverines advanced to state.

Area 4 Wrestling Championships

Friday and Saturday at Grace Christian

TEAM SCORES: 1. Nikiski, 320; 2. Soldotna, 250; 3. Anchorage Christian Schools, 222; 4. Homer, 193; 5. Ninilchik, 133; 6. Kenny Lake, 38; 7. Grace Christian, 35; 8. Seldovia, 29; 9. Glennallen, 28.5.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

103 -- Devion Hagen, Hom, def. Josh Hundorf, Nik, 8-7

112 -- Billy Greenstreet, Hom, dec. Joey Wicker, Nik, 7-6, OT

119 -- Rex Savely, Nin, def. Monte Garroutte, Hom, 8-2

125 -- Chris McCaughey, Nik, p. Steven Miller, Nin, 3:59

130 -- Lionel Manyoky, ACS, p. Matt Clarkson, Gra, 2:59

135 -- Neil Fucci, Nik, p. Bryan Chartier, Sel, 5:28

140 -- Daniel McCarty, ACS, maj. dec. Anthony Lorenzo, Nik, 16-4

145 -- Steven Calderwood, Nik, maj. dec. Imre Manyoky, ACS, 10-2

152 -- Duane Dosser, KL, def. Joshua Meeks, Nik, 5-2

160 -- Chris Roofe, Nik, def. Chris Fraker, Hom, 3-2

171 -- Justin Whitmore, Sol, p. Justice Cousins, Hom, 3:07

189 -- Shawn Weigle, Sol, p. Josh Homan, ACS, 4:52

215 -- Adam Crum, Hom, p. Seth Letzring, Sol, 3:35

275 -- Angelo Luna, Nik, def. Josh Urinko, Sol, 7-2

THIRD-PLACE MATCHES

103 -- Vincent Kruzick, Nin, def. Tab Key, Nik, 14-11

112 -- Cecil White, ACS, maj. dec. Tim Houch, ACS, 13-3

119 -- Tela O'Donnell, Nik, def. Wayne Aitken, Nik, 7-2

125 -- Corky Jones, ACS, maj. dec. Beau Henke, Sol, 11-3

130 -- Toney Aitken, Nik, def. Norman Orr, Sol, 10-9

135 -- Colten Goracke, Sol, p. Zach Rohr, Nin, 1:41

140 -- Josh Smith, Nin, def. Ty Schweigert, Sol, 9-4

145 -- John Howarth, Sol, def. John Scovell, Hom, 4-0

152 -- Jared Carlson, Sol, def. John Matson, Nin, 9-2

160 -- Kyle Karsten, Sol, def. Andrew Titus, Gra, 11-9

171 -- Kyle Alexander, Nik, def. Adam Hediger, Hom, 7-2

189 -- Rick Corazza, Hom, p. Gorden Stanley, Nik, 1:35

215 -- Buck Kvasnikoff, Nin, def. Travis Bass, Sol, 9-8

275 -- Jeff Wells, ACS, p. Josh Brantley, Sol, 4:12

FIFTH-PLACE MATCHES

103 -- Luke Ciufo, Sol, maj. dec. Judah Allen, ACS, 11-0

112 -- Jacob Birkholtz, Nik, def. Scott Gideon, Hom, 9-4

119 -- Jake Moe, ACS, maj. dec. Shane Tachik, Sol, 13-0

125 -- Robbie Parrish, ACS, def. Tommy James, Hom, 10-6

130 -- Danny Cooper, ACS, maj. dec. Leroy Shangin, Sol, 14-6

135 -- Frances Manyoky, ACS, p. Aaron Hensel, Gra, 3:26

140 -- Wyatt Lafromboise, KL, def. Aaron Allen, Nik, 6-4

145 -- Ryan Wicker, Nik, p. Salty Bock, Nin, 4:47

152 -- Ian Dorsey, Glen, def. Brad Scott, ACS, 12-8

160 -- Chris Judge, Glen, def. James McCarty, ACS, 4-1

171 -- Levi Russell, Nin, won by forfeit over Patrick Bennett, ACS

189 -- Nick Evans, Sol, p. Tom Bowdon, SLL, 2:47

215 -- Michael Hibpsmen, Hom, maj. dec. Jimmy Mika, Nik, 18-7

275 -- Jared Weaver, Hom, won by forfeit over Dale Hoffman, Glen



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