Fasulo, Mariners continue impressive run at ASC
Luciano Fasulo might not be a household name in wrestling yet, but odds are, he will be before much longer.
The Homer junior kept his season record unblemished on Saturday and helped power the Mariners wrestling team to a second-place finish at the 2017 Lime Solar/Anchorage Christian School Invitational. Homer, despite competing shorthanded, rolled up 199 points and finished just 14.5 points behind Bethel Regional High School in the team standings.
In all, more than 30 of the state's top Class 1A/2A/3A programs participated in the two-day tournament, which is the largest small-school meet during the regular season.
Few turned as many heads as Fasulo, who breezed to the 132-pound championship with a perfect 4-0 record.
He opened his appearance with a bout against a familiar face — Voznesenka's Prokohpy Konev. He dispatched the Cougars' standout at the 41-second mark of the first round. His next two opponents might have lasted longer, but they faired worse. In the second round, Fasulo defeated Glennallen's Johnny Dorsey at the 2:27 mark. He then outscored Dustin Ruckman of Unalaska by a staggering 16-2 clip in the quarterfinals.
After claiming an 8-2 decision over Kotzebue's Mathew De La Garza in the semifinals, Fasulo ran his season record to 23-0 with a 14-4 victory over Glennallen's Sean Dorsey in the 132-pound title round.
Wayne Newman was equally impressive en route to winning the 126-pound weight classification. He turned in a 4-0 record, including a 4-2 victory over Monroe Catholic's Riley Rust in the finals. Newman's single-leg take down in the first period gave him an early lead that he never relinquished.
Prior to winning the 126-pound championship, Newman pinned his first two opponents, and then pounded out a convincing 12-0 win over Unalaska's Blaine Henning in the semifinals.
Chris Cudaback, Tristen Cook and Levi King almost added to Homer's gold medal count. All three wrestled their way to the finals in their respective weight classifications before finishing second. Cudaback went 3-1 in the 170-pound ranks, with his only loss coming via a loss to Glennallen's Caden Gerlach in the finals. Cook also finished at 3-1. His loss came in a 7-3 decision to Grace Christian's Evan Brockman in the 182-pound championship match.
King earned the right to face Barrow's Sione Tuifua for the 195-pound title by winning his first three matches. In the finals, Tuifua managed to eke out a 7-6 win.
Kyle Wells and Mose Hayes added to the Mariners' medal count with bronzes in their divisions. Wells bounced back from a semifinal round loss to eventual 220-pound champion Tanner Clark of Monroe Catholic to finish 3-1 and third overall. In the third-place match, he defeated Redington's Kyler Rumfeldt.
Competing in one of the larger brackets in the tournament, Hayes turned in a 5-1 record en route to a third-place finish in the 138-pound ranks. He scored a 3-1 decision over Barrow's Bradley Brower in the third-place match. Junior Seth Inama also turned in a solid outing. He went 3-2 in the 120-pound division and finished fourth. Both of his losses in the meet came in overtime, including a slim 5-3 setback to Bethel's Seth Smith in the third-place bout.
Other HHS grapplers competing in the tournament included Joshua Bradshaw, who went 2-2 in the 170-pound class; David Weisser, who went 1-2 in the 152-pound bracket; Ryan Hicks, who went 1-2 in the 160-pound group, and Hunter Harrington, who finished 0-2 in the 182-pound class.