A handful of weight-class forfeits by Homer helped host Skyview cruise to a 53-16 wrestling win over the Mariners Nov. 25.
Monte Garroutte and Adam Hediger provided high points for coach Chris Perk's wrestling squad with individual victories over state-ranked opponents.
Garroutte, wrestling in the 135-pound class, posted a convincing 8-1 win over Skyview's Dallas Seavey. Seavey placed second at last month's huge North South tournament and finished third in the state last season.
"Monte is wrestling real strong and looking real good at this point in the season," Perk said.
Adam Hediger also topped a ranked opponent, narrowly getting by eighth-ranked Zach Rohr, 2-1, in the 171-pound class. The match was tied until Hediger tallied an escape with about 30 seconds remaining in the match.
"That was a big match for Adam to win," Perk said. "That was really exciting for us to pull that one off."
Homer heavyweight Jared Weaver, who was unopposed, notched the only other individual win for the Mariners.
Perk said the team loss will pay dividends later in the season.
"I think our performance in the dual meet itself isn't as important as the training for February," he said, referring to the state tournament.
Homer wrestles again this weekend. The Mariners travel to Anchorage for a 16-team meet at East.
Squirt team places 2nd
Homer's Glacier Kings Squirt D hockey team went to Anchorage over Thanksgiving to play in the Turkey Shoot Tournament and came away with a second-place finish. The team, coached by Tom Wilhemy and Joe Buckley, had only a few indoor dry practices and two on-ice practices in Kenai before competing in the tourney.