Story last updated at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2002

Homer hosts region wrestlers
by Sepp Jannotta
Staff Writer

photo: sports
  Photo by Sepp Jannotta, Homer News
Seven-year-old Walter Moore of Nikiski works to pin Cody Gilroy of Anchorage on Saturday during the Popeye Wrestling Club's tournament at Homer High.  
It was late Saturday afternoon and Homer Popeye Wrestling club coach Steve Wolfe, looking like a field general surveying his troops, hobbled around the Homer High School gym on crutches as the swarm of wrestling activity finally began to ebb.

Despite suffering a nasty quadriceps pull in his match, Wolfe smiled as he recounted how well his team had fared in their home tournament, an invasion of nearly 200 wrestlers from across Southcentral Alaska.

He said he was proud that so many of his 44 wrestlers had won tournament titles, including Tristen Brymer, Melissa Buster, Blake Countryman, Ben Daigle, Issac Deaton, Derek Dour and Chris Watry.

Meanwhile, Bryan Fielding, Mike Fielding and Matt Fogg all took second, while Simeon Daigle, Andrew Hazel, Andrew Kurka, Conner McCarron, Zack McKirdy and Wolfe all had third-place finishes.

  Photo by Sepp Jannotta, Homer News
Photo by Sepp Janotta, Homer News Timothy Schwin of Ninilchik battles fellow heavyweight Paul Solomonson of Anchorage.  
Wolfe was particularly happy with the performance of Brymer who is undefeated on the season.

The combatants, grappling on an array of different mats, ranged from 35 to 250 pounds, from 5 to 53 years old. The Homer wrestlers finished third in the event, while the Soldotna Whalers wrestling club took the team title.

"They (Homer) were really pumped up for this tournament," Wolfe said. "They wanted to win the big trophy."

Wolfe, who often wins his matches, suffered an severe pull in his quad while wrestling Timothy Schwin of Ninilchik. Wolfe said he was glad the injury came late in the day, so as not to demoralize his troops.