The Skyview High School wrestling team defeated crosstown rival Soldotna 43-22 in a dual meet Thursday at Skyview.
"It's always tough when we wrestle Skyview, but we had some good matches," said Soldotna coach Jeff Breakfield. "That's what we're looking for, to come over here and wrestle well."
While the Stars could claim several good matches, the Panthers were able to record four wins by pin on their way to the meet victory.
Elliott Gauthier got Skyview's first pin of the night at 130 pounds, beating Soldotna's Anthony Kline in 4 minutes, 59 seconds.
Eli Hutchison followed with a pin at 135, though Soldotna's Erick Morris held out until just eight seconds remained in the match.
"That's tough for Erick to go up against Eli," Breakfield said. "He definitely learns a lot wrestling tough guys like Eli. It's real valuable for him."
Clark Buffington also recorded a pin for the Panthers, besting Scott Foster in 2:34 at 145 pounds, and Patrick Sheridan finished off the varsity meet with a hard-earned pin at 171 pounds, defeating Marvin Tate in 5:18.
Jake Ciufo (119), Brandy Goracke (140), Jake Howarth (152) and Ben Breakfield each won by decision for the Stars, while Steve Burlison recorded a major decision. Sean Whitmore was awarded a forfeit at 275.
Josh Carlon, wrestling at 189, led off the meet with a win by decision for the Panthers. Russ Bacon won by major decision at 275, and Candace Penrod (103) and Michaela Hutchison (112) were each awarded forfeits.
"It was a good dual. We had some real good matches and some close ones," said Skyview coach Neldon Gardner.
Gardner also called several of the matches "pivotal," meaning that while the final score might not have been close, there were points in the match where either wrestler could have won.
"SoHi is a solid team. We respect them," Gardner said.
While several Skyview wrestlers have been sidelined with the flu or minor injuries, Gardner said he was pleased to see improvement from several wrestlers since the last time the Panthers faced the Stars. Instead of getting pinned, he said, they lost on points, making Skyview's margin of victory wider.
"We're just looking for a little step at a time," Gardner said.
The Stars will spend the weekend wrestling in Kodiak while Skyview heads to a tournament in Homer.
Panthers 43, Stars 22
189 Josh Carlon, Sky, dec. Terrance Carlson, 5-0
215 Russ Bacon, Sky, maj. dec. Matt Streiby, 17-4
275 Sean Whitmore, Sol, by forfeit
103 Candace Penrod, Sky, by forfeit
112 Michaela Hutchison, Sky, by forfeit
119 Jake Ciufo, Sol, dec. Luke Morse, 7-2
125 Steve Burlison, Sol, maj. dec. Ryan Wehrli, 22-12
130 Elliott Gauthier, Sky, p. Anthony Kline, 4:59
135 Eli Hutchison, Sky, p. Erick Morris, 5:52
140 Brandy Goracke, Sol, dec. Shane Strausbaugh, 3-0
145 Clark Buffington, Sky, p. Scott Foster, 2:34
152 Jake Howarth, Sol, dec. Eric Rodgers, 6-4
160 Ben Breakfield, Sol, dec. Tyler Wehrli, 12-6
171 Patrick Sheridan, Sky, p. Marvin Tate, 5:18
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