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Story last updated at 6:15 PM on Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Mariner grapplers head to Nikiski for weekend action

By Norm Anderson
For the Homer News

The Best Western Bidarka Inn sponsored the Round Robin Rumble last Saturday. The Mariners hosted this tourney, featuring schools from all over the state. Juniors Calvin Johnson (103 pounds) and Harley Wells (145 pounds) both took first place in their respective weight classes. Voznesenka's Ayram Kalugin also won the championship match at 152 pounds. As a team, The Skyview Panthers had the most points with 83 points. Homer tallied 70 points and managed to take second place while Nikiski was on their tails with 69. Skyview and Nikiski also had two champions representing their school.

Johnson, wrestling at 103, had a slight weight advantage against his championship opponent, 98-pound Seth Hutchison from Skyview. Of course the win didn't come easy as Hutchinson is currently the No. 1 ranked 98-pounder in Alaska. Coach Chris Perk noted that Johnson was able to win 6-3 because of his early takedowns and near fall that he was able to score.

Harley Wells dominated the 145-pound weight class as well, pinning all five of his opponents. Wells, who formerly wrestled at 152 pounds, didn't look to have a problem with the weight change. Skyview's Bailey Blumantritt was Wells' final pin for the weekend.

Pedro Ochoa wrestled at 152 and managed to place second to Voznesenka's Kalugin 10-5. Although he didn't take first place, he won six other matches during the weekend. Dick Perez, took third place at 195 pounds, wrestling two state-ranked opponents. Danny Rios also placed third at 170 pounds winning five matches. David Woo (132), Dakota Alward (145) and Antonio Ochoa (160) all placed fourth this weekend. Perk, still loving Alward's double leg takedown, knows that consistency will be the key for him this season.

The Mariners take another trip this weekend to Nikiski for more duals, with more grapplers competing for Homer.

Homer Round Robin Rumble Sponsored by Best Western Bidarka Inn: Saturday.

Team scores: 1. Skyview, 79; 2. Homer, 60; 3. Nikiski, 59; 4. Grace, 56; 5. ACS, 52; 6. Dillingham, 34; 7. Voznesenka, 21; 8. Seldovia, 0.

106 — 1. Calvin Johnson, Hom; 2. Seth Hutchison, Sky; 3. Nathan Juliussen, Gra; 4. TJ Cox, Nik; 5. Gabe Gomez, Dil; 6. Jadzia Martin, Hom; 7. Matthew Lacy, ACS.

113 — 1. Austin Craig, Sky; 2. Ryan Winter, Sky; 3. Christian Wheeles, Gra; 4. Quinn Simpson, Gra; 5. Roman Edmonds, ACS; 6. Ty Mumford, Gra.

120 — 1. Wesley Gilroy, ACS; 2. Nathan Carstens, Nik; 3. Gavril Kalugin, Voz; 4. Ryan Merraner, Gra; 5. Garrett Bond, Gra; 6. Daniel Gallahorn, Gra; 7. Sean Brandon, Dil.

126 — 1. Anthony Walsh, Gra; 2. Cody Gilroy, ACS; 3. Grant Valiquette, Sky; 4. Quinn Leadbetter, Gra.

132-138 — 1. Sam Janorschke, Sky; 2. Mike Olsen, Nik; 3. Brenner Musgrave, Sky; 4. David Woo, Hom; 5. Ben Dunaway, Dill; 6. Ciarra Mahan, Sky; 7. Justin Jones, ACS.

145 — 1. Harley Wells, Hom; 2. Bailey Blumentritt, Sky; 3. Graysen Sorrensen, Gra; 4. Dakota Alward, Hom; 5. Kyle Zimmerman, Sky; 6. Misael Martushev, Voz; 7. Illarion Ivanov, Voz.

152 — 1. Avraam Kalugin, Voz; 2. Pedro Ochoa, Hom; 3. Jens Juliussen, Gra; 4. Christian Web, Gra; 5. Brian Peters, ACS.