Wolves wrestlers win “Rumble Cup” rivalry match for second straight year
With the Cook Inlet Conference wrestling tournament just a week away, the Eagle River Wolves are ready to rumble.
The Wolves won their second straight “Rumble Cup,” Friday by knocking off rival Chugiak 52-24 in a dual meet held on Senior Night at Eagle River High.
Following presentations to Eagle River senior wrestlers and managers, the opened with an exhibition match that proved to be perhaps the most entertaining of the event as Chugiak’s Daniel Brooks took a grueling 14-13 decision from Eagle River’s Ian George.
The Wolves then won the coin flip for the official matches and elected to start with strength, sending two-time conference finalist Austin Kraft to battle Chugiak’s Calvin Daugherty at 120 pounds. Kraft took a major decision from Daugherty, which the Wolves followed with a forfeit at 126 to take a 10-0 lead.
Chugiak’s Riley Demboski and Cameron Peck briefly turned the tide, with Demboski pinning Caleb Robles at 132 pounds and Peck earning a 4-0 win over James Salter at 138.
The Wolves began to pull away when Grant Burningham pinned Grant Jones at 145 pounds to start a string of three consecutive falls for Eagle River: Angel Espinoza needed just 90 seconds to pin David Johnson at 152 pounds, with 160-pounder Andrew Hamilton putting Kohlter Marsical away in even less time — 36 seconds — to give the Wolves a 28-9 lead.
Chugiak’s Jordan Amarok took a 13-7 decision from Josh Tripp at 170 pounds to end the Eagle River run.
The final four contested matches of the event ended early, with Chugiak’s Daniel Niebels pinning Thad Heagy at 182, Eagle River’s Michael Caywood pinning Tanner Ebersol at 195, Chugiak’s Daniel Fujimoto pinning Makiah Stafford at 285 and Eagle River 106-pounder Collin Blank putting Oliver Hays on his back 71 seconds into the final match of the evening.
Eagle River’s depth was a big factor in the large margin of victory, with the Wolves winning forfeits at 113, 126 and 220 pounds. Chugiak won five of 11 contested matches but didn’t field a wrestler in four weight classes.
Both teams will now set their sights on the Chugiak High gymnasium, where the CIC tournament is set to get underway Friday afternoon. Finals are set for Saturday, with an exact time determined by the speed at which the tournament proceeds. Check trackwrestling.com for up-to-date results and brackets.
WOLVES 52, MUSTANGS 24
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017
Eagle River High School
98 pounds: Double Forfeit
106: Collin Blank (ERHS) over OLIVER HAYS (CHS) (Fall 1:11)
113: Josh Robles (ERHS) over (CHS) (For.)
120: AustIn Kraft (ERHS) over LEON DAUGHERTY (CHS) (MD 15-3)
126: Domenic Wilkins (ERHS) over (CHS) (For.)
132: RILEY DEMBOSKI (CHS) over Caleb Robles (ERHS) (Fall 1:27)
138: CAMERON PECK (CHS) over James Salter (ERHS) (Dec 4-0)
145: Grant Burningham (ERHS) over GRANT JONES (CHS) (Fall 4:42)
152: Angel Espinoza (ERHS) over DAVID JOHNSON (CHS) (Fall 1:30)
160: Andrew Hamilton (ERHS) over KOHLTER MARISCAL (CHS) (Fall 0:36)
170: JORDAN AMAROK (CHS) over Josh Tripp (ERHS) (Dec 13-7)
182: DANIEL NIEBLES (CHS) over Thad Heagy (ERHS) (Fall 4:32)
195: Michael Caywood (ERHS) over TANNER EBERSOL (CHS) (Fall 1:40)
220: Will Mouracade (ERHS) over (CHS) (For.)
285: DANIEL FUJIMOTO (CHS) over Makiah Stafford (ERHS) (Fall 5:49)