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Story last updated at 6:15 PM on Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Mariners wrestlers earn 7th in Peninsula Duals

By Angelina Skowronski
for the Homer News

Conditions outside the Nikiski gymnasium were bad. Twelve inches of snow and fierce winds gave the Mariner mat men no better reason to be inside wrestling.

Homer won five out of seven duals and placed seventh out of 15 teams at the Peninsula Duals in Nikiski last weekend. Big school Colony won the team tournament defeating Dillingham in the finals.

It was a good weekend overall for the Mariners, most notably for Joe Resetarits. The senior wrestling in both the 195-pound and the 220-pound weight classes went 7-0 slaying the competition.

"We used him and Drew Raymond to maximize the chance of winning more matches and scoring points," said Head Coach Chris Perk.

Freshman Antonio Ochoa at 145 pounds won both his matches in his first weekend as a varsity wrestler. His brother Pedro Ochoa, also at 145 pounds, has 18 wins on the season. He went on to win five more.

Homer was down 34-30 to West Anchorage when the sophomore took to the mat. "If Ochoa could pin or tech fall (win by fifteen points) the Mariners would win. If he only won by seven points or less the team would lose," said Perk.

Pedro won against M.J. Limbo of West Anchorage by a score of 17-6 and tied the team score at 34-34. After checking the rule book, West Anchorage advanced by a criteria of more wins — seven to the Mariners six.

Senior Mark McGregor at 160 pounds also won five matches. One of his losses was a close 6-5 match to Corey Green from Nikiski. Green is ranked No. 2 in small schools and beat McGregor last week 11-6.

Senior Mick Wells at 182 pounds won three matches by forfeit and three more by pin. His only loss was against No. 1 ranked Lincoln Johnson from Nikiski.

Johnson and Wells met each other on the mat several times this season with Johnson pinning Wells twice in the first round this season. Wells made it to the third period this time and almost finished the match against Johnson, but fell with 10 seconds left.

"Mick is second on the team now with 20 wins for the season," said Perk.

Sophomore Calvin Johnson at 106 pounds whose 23 wins lead the team, won four in Nikiski, but dropped a match to Alex Megalong from Unalaska. Johnson beat Megalong at ACS two weeks ago, but was unable to follow through this time. Before this loss, Johnson was ranked in the top six.

Other stellar performances were by senior DJ Marsengill at 138 pounds and senior Tyler Wolfe at 182 who both won four matches at Duals.

The biggest tournament surprise was by sophomore David Woo. After earning a varsity spot at 113 pounds earlier in the week, Woo left Nikiski with four wins.

Against Unalaska's Rainer Marquez, Woo was losing 10-8 before he went on a scoring spree and won 18-13, scoring five points in the final 10 seconds. His win helped the Mariners go on to win a 52-24 decision over Unalaska.

Friday Homer welcomes Cordova and Voznesenka for senior night at 6 p.m. Graduating seniors DJ Marsengill, Mick Wells, Tyler Wolfe and manager Fallin Crauthers will be honored at the team's final home meet.

"We will be dropping down the spot light and making it a real special event to attend," Perk said.