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Story last updated at 5:04 PM on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Rubber chickens slip through Huskies' paws

By Chris Perk

Soldotna held the Rubber Chicken Classic, the first middle school wrestling tournament this weekend attended by all teams on the Kenai Peninsula. Instead of winning a medal or ribbon, the champion takes home a rubber chicken.

The Homer Middle School Huskies placed four in the finals, with a good chance of winning one more match and taking home the chicken.

Corey Bice, a seventh grader wrestling at 95 pounds, was winning 6-5 going into the third period before getting reversed and put to his back. Final score was 10-6 in favor of Atom Skiba of Soldotna.

Fellow seventh grader Jaime Rios, at 105 pounds, pinned his way into the finals before losing to a tough eighth grader Jesse Littrell also from Soldotna 14-0. We were impressed with his effort. He never gave up and didn't get pinned.

Kyle Johnson, an eighth grader wrestling at 138 pounds, battled Rory Hoeldt from Nikiski. Johnson was only down 4-0 in the second period when Hoeldt horsed Johnson to his back in half nelson and won by fall.

The final chance for a chicken rested on the shoulders of eighth grader Jared Gee. Gee weighs 212 pounds and is mighty built. His opponent, however, weighed 270 and is about 5 inches taller. Abe Bartlett from Kenai went out and scored a quick pin via a head and arm. Gee won two matches, both by fall, earlier in the tourney to advance to the finals.

Seventh graders Jared Brandt at 100 pounds, Seth Classen at 110 pounds and Andrew Doughty at 145 pounds all won one match before being eliminated. Another seventh grader, Ravi Cavasos, led in both matches before getting caught on his back and getting pinned.

Eighth grader Elias Graham at 115 pounds also won his first match before getting eliminated in the semi-finals.

The Huskies head to Nikiski this weekend.

Chris Perk is the wrestling coach for the Huskies.