The Popeye Wrestling team turned in some dominating performances at the Alaska Battle Cats Tournament, held at Service High School in Anchorage last Saturday.
Ravi Cavasos, cadet 130, won all five of his matches without getting scored up. He scored a tech fall, two pins and injury default to win his first gold medal of his young wrestling career. Cavasos has excellent technique and has a super fast leg attack.
Fellow cadet wrestler Jared Brant, 115, won all four of his matches including his final match wrestled late in the day, at 9:30 p.m. Brant beat Quest Lema from the Battle Cats in the semi’s 12-2. The most impressive part of that match was that he started down 2-0 and was able to score 12 straight points and ended the match with Lema on his back. Brant then had to wrestle Austin Sardakowski from Chugiak at 9:30 p.m. The match was tied 4-4 when Brant took over in the third period, scoring a takedown and near fall.
Teddy Croft Schoolboy, 130, won his four matches convincingly, including a tough 6-2 win over Andrew Shepersky from Tri Valley. Croft built a 5-0 lead early in the match and was able to hold on.
Austin Shafford, novice 85, avenged a previous loss to Tucker Vann of Nikiski 5-2. Shafford used two quick Hi-C leg attacks to beat Vann.
Wayne Newman, schoolboy 90, won three matches before falling to Hayden Lieb from Bethel. Newman finished second.
Miles Tressler, bantam 50, won three matches with aggressive attack from his feet to earn second place. Brendan Fenex, schoolboy 150, and Luciano Fasulo, schoolboy 105, both placed third overall. Blake Newman, bantam 60, won two matches and nearly broke the top three.
This week the team will travel to Eagle River for a freestyle tournament.