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Story last updated at 5:48 PM on Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mariner Highlights

Takedown is this weekend

The annual Fall Festival Takedown Tournament and World Class Wrestling Clinic is Friday and Saturday at Homer High School, marking the beginning of the Mariners' wrestling season. The clinic features Kenall Cross, 1996 Olympic champion, NCAA champion and three-time NCAA All-American from Oklahoma State University.

Wrestling Coach Chris Perk is getting his team geared up for the first competition of the season on Oct. 15. With many wrestling team members still in the football season, Perk hopes the clinic will bring out new rising stars.

Registration for the tournament and clinic starts at 5 p.m. Friday with the first match at 6:30 p.m. Saturday's clinic starts at 8:45 a.m. and will continue until 4:30 p.m.

The clinic costs $50 per wrestler for the weekend; coaches are free. Food will be provided by the Homer Wrestling Boosters. For information, call (866) 854-2560.

Mariner runner qualifies for state

Nineteen runners represented the Mariners in the Region III Cross Country Championships last weekend in Palmer. The 5K meet was comprised of three individual classes: open, 123A varsity and 4A varsity for both men's and women's teams with 17 schools, including Homer, competing.

Senior Dan Adickes took eighth place out of 60 total runners in the men's 4A varsity class with a time of 17:01 minutes. "Dan had his best performance in his high school career," said Head Coach Bill Steyer.

Adickes' time qualified him for State Championships. The first place runner in men's 4A varsity was junior Cole Christiansen from Kodiak with the fastest time at the entire meet of 16:07 minutes.

Swimmers take 3rd in Pentathlon

Homer's swim team had a full weekend of aquatic workouts with two meets. Friday's meet was Soldotna's annual Pentathlon against Colony, SoHi, Kenai, Skyview, Kodiak and Seward. Saturday, Homer traveled to Anchorage to compete in the Bartlett Invitational against 15 other schools.

The Homer boys team took third place overall in the Pentathlon with Richard Ginter in fifth place; Nathanael Hardy, sixth place; and Kyle Wentz, seventh place. The girls team took fifth place over all with Marie Schmidt in ninth place, Cheyanne Smith in 17th place, and Dana Olesch in 19th place

Saturday's meet had swimmers choosing between swimming or homecoming. Eleven swimmers ended up participating and taking eight place overall; boys in sixth place and girls in tenth place.

Seniors took top places at the Invitational. Senior Marie Schmidt came in third in the 200M freestyle (2:06.08) and fifth in the 100M backstroke (1:08.04). Fellow senior Dana Olesch received seventh in the 100M butterfly (1:06.42) and 100M backstroke (1:11.60). For the boys, senior Nathanael Hardy came in fifth in the 100M breaststroke (1:07.70) and senior James Nagle took seventh in the 100M breaststroke with his best time of 109.27 seconds.

Other notable performances were Mark Nagle in fourth place for the 500M free with a time of 5:31.06 and his brother James Nagle in fifth place for the same event coming in only .13 of a second behind.

"Every competitive experience is a learned opportunity for swimmers and this meet was no exception," wrote Head Swim Coach Anna Borland-Ivy via e-mail.