Nikiski’s Justin Cox controls Kenai Central’s Brandon Kroto on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at the Luke Spruill Memorial Tournament at Kenai Central High School. Cox took a 13-1 major decision en route to winning first at 138 pounds. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer captures Luke Spruill tourney

The oddest feature of the prep sports calendar was on display Saturday at Kenai Central High School, when the Homer wrestling team accepted the team championship at the Luke Spruill Memorial Tournament just as word was filtering through the gym that Homer’s football team had fallen 20-14 in the Division III state championship to Barrow.

The Mariners wrestlers scored 82.5 points to beat the 79.5 of Soldotna, which later in the day would win the Division II state football championship. Nikiski was third with 53 points, while Kenai had 43.5

“We’re still proud of the football team,” said Homer coach Bubba Wells, whose son, Kyle, is a lineman with the squad. “Coach (Walter) Love has done an amazing job with them.”

The tournament is named for Spruill, who graduated Kenai Central as a two-time state champion and was killed in a Bristol Bay fishing accident in 2004 at the age of 27.

The event kicks off the wrestling season on the Kenai Peninsula.

Read the rest of this story by the Peninsula Clarion here.

Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion Homer’s Mose Hayes and Nikiski’s Koleman McCaughey scramble at the Luke Spruill Memorial Tournament at Kenai Central High School on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. McCaughey notched an 11-5 victory on the way to winning the title at 152B. Hayes was second.

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