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Space wrestlers accumulate mat time earlier than Thanksgiving break

Space wrestlers received in some mat time Tuesday earlier than the Thanksgiving break.

Kenai traveled to Nikiski for an unscored twin meet, whereas Soldotna drove all the way down to Homer for a twin meet that additionally was unscored.

Nikiski assistant coach Dylan Hooper mentioned Tuesday was an excellent likelihood to construct off some optimistic momentum this system generated on the Lancer Smith Fall 2021 Varsity Invite on Friday and Saturday in Wasilla.

The Lancer Smith is the hardest event within the state, usually that includes virtually the entire small colleges and massive colleges.

Sophomore Truit McCaughey took fifth at 171 and sophomore Mayaac Schmit took sixth at 285.

“It’s exciting for the future of our program to see those young kids wrestling so well,” Hooper mentioned. “We didn’t have a junior or senior wrestle at Lancer Smith.”

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Hooper mentioned it’s significantly robust for younger wrestlers to take action effectively within the higher weight lessons. The assistant mentioned he went again to 2011, when trackwrestling.com began, and Nikiski by no means had two underclassmen place at Lancer Smith. This was additionally essentially the most placers the Bulldogs had at Lancer Smith since 2014.

Kenai didn’t have any wrestlers for Schmit on Tuesday, however McCaughey stored on rolling with pins of Zoticus Energetic and Morgan Stark.

“He’s having a great season and that continued with a couple of great matches tonight,” Hooper mentioned. “He’s in great form and I’m excited to see where he goes from here.”

Hooper additionally preferred the way in which Wyatt Maguire wrestled in a 7-6 loss to fellow freshman Sawyer Vann of Kenai.

The assistant mentioned Nikiski at present has nothing scheduled till the Kachemak Convention meet Dec. 10 and 11 in Houston. Different peninsula colleges are choosing an invitational at Grace Christian in Anchorage on Dec. 3 and 4.

“We don’t want to pick up any COVID,” Hooper mentioned. “We’re going to be cautious and make sure we are a healthy team going into the region and state tournament. That’s the biggest thing and giving up one week of wrestling to make sure we get there was an important thing.”

Kenai coach Jason Chavarria additionally noticed Tuesday as an necessary likelihood to enhance because the season shortly nears conclusion.

“They’re starting to step up their push, their aggressiveness,” Chavarria mentioned. “They’re starting to be pushed through that timidity.”

The coach mentioned Zoticus Energetic had an excellent evening regardless of getting pinned by McCaughey at 189 and Robert Isabel at 215 whereas giving up about 30 kilos. Chavarria mentioned Energetic tends to go arduous then let up throughout a match, however that Energetic is getting higher and higher at going arduous the entire time.

“I had to explain to him that it’s only six minutes,” Chavarria mentioned.

The coach additionally preferred Reymond Perez’s pin of Sam Yerkes at 152. Chavarria mentioned Perez did an excellent job of listening to his coach and adjusting accordingly.

“That’s one thing with this team is they have a lot of bad habits of holding on to things that just aren’t working,” the coach mentioned. “And it’s a life lesson, right? If it’s not working, let it go.”

Chavarria additionally mentioned he was pleased with his workforce on the Lancer Smith for wrestling arduous. The coach mentioned the spotlight there was Isabella Asi pushing to 100% for the primary time and really throwing up on the finish of the match.

Notching pins for Nikiski on Tuesday had been Shyra Loomis at 135 ladies, Jackson Wittmer at 160, McCaughey with two at 189 and Isabel at 215. Pins for Kenai got here from Sarai Bravo-Moe at 135 ladies, Jenna Yeoman at 160 ladies, Simone Watts at 160 ladies, Owen Whicker at 125, Cameron Prepare dinner at 152, Perez at 152 and Morgan Stark at 189.

Homer honored seniors Nestor Kalugin and Mischelle Wells as a part of senior evening within the twin in opposition to Soldotna. Kalugin put collectively a powerful evening of wrestling, with pins of Joe Whittom and Collin Peck at 171. Wells didn’t get to wrestle Tuesday.

The Mariners additionally obtained a pin from Gunner Froese at 119.

The Stars obtained pins from Ryan Buchanan at 119, Ezekiel Miller twice at 125, Buchanan at 125, Blaze Michael at 125, Peck at 171, Kevin Steger at 189, Angelina Chavarria at 119 ladies and Erin Bell at 145 ladies.

Kenai vs. Nikiski

(No workforce scores stored)

135G — Shyra Loomis, Nik, def. Isabella Asi; 135G — Sarai Bravo-Moe, Ken, p. Shyra Loomis, 2:00; 160G — Jenna Yeoman, Ken, p. Jasmine Durfee, 1:44; 160G — Simone Watts, Ken, p. Jasmine Durfee, 0:21; 125 — Sawyer Vann, Ken, dec. Wyatt Maguire, 7-6; 125 — Owen Whicker, Ken, p. Wyatt Maguire, 1:48; 152 — Cameron Prepare dinner, Ken, p. Sam Yerkes, 4:21; 152 — Reymond Perez, Ken, p. Sam Yerkes, 3:17; 160 — Jackson Wittmer, Nik, p. Shannon Murphy, 0:22; 189 — Morgan Stark, Ken, p. Seth Payne, 2:26; 189 — Truit McCaughey, Nik, p. Zoticus Energetic, 0:56; 189 — Truit McCaughey, Nik, p. Morgan Stark, 0:50; 215 — Robert Isabel, Nik, p. Zoticus Energetic, 3:19.

Soldotna vs. Homer

(No workforce scores stored)

103 — Tustin Keller, Sol, gained by forfeit; 119 — Gunner Froese, Hom, p. Simon Willets, 3:01; 119 — Ryan Buchanan, Sol, p. Gunner Froese; 125 — Ezekiel Miller, Sol, p. Paul Minke, 3:50; 125 — Ryan Buchanan, Sol, p. Alex Van Meter, 1:57; 125 — Paul Minke, Hom, dec. Blaze Michael, 10-3; 125 — Blaze Michael, Sol, p. Alex Van Meter, 2:00; 125 — Ezekiel Miller, Sol, p. Paul Minke, 3:15; 145 — Saiyan Baker, Sol, gained by forfeit; 152 — Edgar Land, Sol, gained by forfeit; 171 — Collin Peck, Sol, p. Murphy Whaley, 0:32; 171 — Nestor Kalugin, Hom, p. Joe Whittom, 5:37; 171 — Nestor Kalugin, Hom, p. Collin Peck, 1:10; 189 — Kevin Steger, Sol, p. Adgel Chandler, 1:34; 119G — Angelina Chavarria, Sol, p. Cecilia Fitzpatrick, 2:51; 145G — Erin Bell, Sol, p. Rainey Sundheim, 1:47.

Homer’s Alex Van Meter and Soldotna’s Blaze Michael tangle at 125 kilos Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, at Homer Excessive Faculty. Michael gained by pin. (Picture by Sarah Knapp/Homer Information)

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