Anchor Kings wrestle at Nikiski weekend tournament

The Anchor Kings Wrestling Club is a nonprofit organization committed to teaching the youth of Homer, Chapman, McNeil Canyon and other surrounding schools the skill of wrestling.

The club season starts in March and runs through the first week of May with weekly tournaments that the youth can participate in, wrestling against other children from all over Alaska. Most of the tournaments require the children to travel to whichever club is hosting that weekend’s event.

This past weekend the kids traveled to Nikiski for a tournament. They often will also travel to Anchorage, Big Lake, Palmer and Wasilla area for the chance to compete against others.

Anchor Kings will host a local tournament April 19 and 20 at the Homer High School. In 2024 there are more than 120 kids registered in Anchor Kings, who range in age from 5 through seniors in High School. The coaches all provide volunteer time to help the youth learn and excel in the sport as well as in life.

Parent coordinator Sommer Adcox said the wrestling group “had 78 wrestlers compete in the combined Greco and Freestyle tournament and they stacked up a total 54 Pins.”

Nikiski results


3rd Place

Noah Roth

Titan Stokes

Tate Stokes

2nd place

Stephanie Roth

Christabelle Minke

Paul Minke

1st place

Emma Eksted


3rd Place

Oskar Caryk

Savin Kalugin

Timon Reutov

Wesley Head

Ellie Stokes

Valor Hagen

Vassa Reutov

Carter Shea

Kaelyn Hagen

Liam Sorley

Braiden Sorley

Naveah Branham

Heather Shea

2nd Place

Roman Kalugin

Zayden Ostler

Asher Darden

Aksel Caryk

Griffen Hagen

Hayes Ostler

Aspen Donham

Aaden Donham

Emma Eksted

Oliver Gibbens

Christabelle Minke

Paul Minke

Coach Cameron Hagen

1st Place

Clement Basargin

Markian Basargin

Therese Cherok

Adam Rathibahn

Moses Basargin

Aleksander Webb

Tate Stokes

Emma Field

Hailie Smith