The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Wolfgang Kurtz
LOG Editor 

Seward rolls out mat for wrestlers


Wolfgang Kurtz | The Seward Phoenix LOG

Terrance Annogiyuk leverages another match.

Over 500 wrestlers engaged in more than 900 matches as Seward High School was filled to capacity by youths and their families from all over Southcentral Alaska. Marathon Wrestling Club coach Art Osborne joined forces with daughter Jewel Williams to organize the USA Wrestling event, but didn't expect the turnout. Williams found out how deep the kimchee was while reviewing team rosters late last week. When the lists kept scrolling by, she knew that this wasn't going to be the typical weekend match of 150 or so competitors.

Early Saturday the Seward High School hallways, common areas and gym were packed elbow to elbow by wrestlers, families and onlookers. By early afternoon the crowd had thinned as the matches numbering into the 500s, proceeded into older age groups. The LOG photographed some impressive wrestling action perpetrated by Marathon wrestlers Terrance Annogiyuk, Davey Hettick, Brian Morris and Nick Woodard. Annogiyuk and Woodard, in particular, pulled off some impressive pins that bulked up their standings.

Visiting families filled the Breeze Inn and Holiday Inn Express to capacity and overflow bookings percolated through community accommodations such as the Exit Glacier Lodge, where spring cleaning came a little early because of the event. Williams says that, because of spring break, many families stayed in Seward an extra night to make time to visit the Alaska SeaLife Center and otherwise take advantage of the beautiful weather in the Seward area.

After 11 years since the last such event, Osborne expects to schedule another next wrestling season and hopes that the wrestling program can keep up the momentum springing from last year's reboot of the local club. In any case, an organizer from the Nikiski team commented that for a small club, the Marathoners sure pulled off a big match.


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