Popeye wrestlers compete in Nikiski

Popeye Wrestling Club traveled to the North Peninsula Greco and Freestyle tourney last weekend in Nikiski bringing 21 wrestlers competing in freestyle and two in Greco. It was a great tournament with 11 bringing home hardware in freestyle and the Brothers Barnard (Declan and Lucas) taking second and third respectively in Greco. Prebantam Kanin Kumfer had three pins to earn his first gold medal. Preston Szymoniak continues his impressive first season with a second place, medaling in every tournament this season. Mina Cavasos pinned three girls in the Cadet division to earn gold. Cavasos is having a terrific season only suffering one loss. She and father and coach Jason Cavasos are traveling to Reno for the World’s Folkstyle Championships this week to face the toughest competition in the country.

One of the most exciting matches on Saturday was the Popeye Team Captain Christopher Cudaback and Lancer Smith Champion Keshawn McErnerny. Cudaback scored several takedowns before getting caught in a leg lace. He lost the match but had a great performance and composed himself like a champion. Breakdown for the weekend: Kanin Kumfer 1st; Preston Szymoniak 2nd; Dimitri Hook 2nd; Aria Hill 1st; Nestor Kalugin 3rd; Sadie Blake 2nd; Mina Cavasos 1st; Chris Cudaback 2nd; Declan Barnard 2nd; and Lucas Barnard 3rd.