The defending state champion Wasilla Warriors earned six individual titles to claim first place at the Mariner Open Friday and Saturday at Homer High School. Chugiak placed second, while last year's state runners-up to Wasilla, the Skyview Panthers, earned three individual titles to place third.
The Panthers were led by Eli Hutchison at 135 pounds. Hutchison, a junior who has already won two state titles in his first two seasons of high school wrestling, won a close 3-2 decision over Wasilla's Caesar Berrera. Skyview also got wins from Shane Straughsbaugh at 140 pounds and Clark Buffington at 145.
The host Mariners got wins from Simeon Daigle at 112 pounds and Cody Crum at 275 to place fifth.
TEAM SCORES 1. Wasilla, 265; 2. Chugiak, 183.5; 3. Skyview, 180.5; 4. Wasilla JV, 145; 5. Homer, 129; 6. Chugiak JV, 56; 7. Kenai Central, 44; 8. Homer JV, 27.5; 9. Skyview JV, 25; 10. Wasilla 3, 14; 11. Skyview 3, 5; 12. Kenai JV, 3.
103 Alan Bartelli, Was, dec. Michaela Hutchison, Sky, 6-0
112 Simeon Daigle, Hom, p. Sam Miller, Was, 3:03
119 Danny Lyles, Was, dec. Mike Chaffin, Was JV, 8-1
125 Sam Carlson, Chu, dec. Clayton Schmidling, Was, 3-1
130 Duane Carpenter, Was, p. Elliot Gauthier, Sky, 1:09
135 Eli Hutchison, Sky, dec. Ceasar Berrera, Was, 3-2
140 Shane Strausbaugh, Sky, dec. Anthony Podvin, Chu, 11-4
145 Clark Buffington, Sky, dec. Mike Trudeau, Was, 11-4
152 Trevor Pempek, Was, maj. dec. Ammon Pettijohn, Was JV, 12-4
160 Chuck Carpenter, Was, maj. dec. Tyler Wehrli, Sky, 14-2
171 Jake Wade, Was, dec. Josh Carlon, Sky, 7-3
189 Steven Wilburn, Chu, p. Adam Miller, Was, 3:01
215 Mike Pannone, Chu, p. Thomas Chavez, Chu JV, 3:58
HWT Cody Crum, Hom, p. Mitchell Canavan, Ken, 2:18
103 Tom Appelhanz, Hom, p. Candace Penrod, Sky, 4:50
112 Ryan Hogan, Was JV, p. Brady Schultz, Chu, 4:59
119 Brandon Gebel, Chu, dec. Luke Morse, Sky, 2-1
125 Camron Hagen, Hom, p. Tim Laselle, Was JV, 3:30
130 Louden Greiner, Hom, p. Cassidy Nelson, Was JV, :59
135 Quincy Voris, Chu, dec. Jon Jensen, Was JV, 5-1
140 Jeremy Langford, Was, maj. dec. Tris Brymer, Hom, 14-5
145 Jonnie Boyer, Chu, dec. Westly Gagnon, Was JV 3-1 (OT)
152 Eric Rodgers, Sky, maj. dec. Jude Murphy, Hom, 10-0
160 James Geffe, Chu, maj. dec. Mike Knutson, Was JV, 10-1
171 Chris Pannone, Chu, maj. dec. Kyle Lomonoco, Chu JV, 12-3
189 Chris Cuff, Chu JV, dec. AJ Schirack, Was, 3-2
215 Kristian Abalama, Was, p. Halyn Lipps, Ken, 1:51
HWT Donnie Salmon, Was JV, dec. Mike McEvoy, Was, 7-3
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