Kodiak’s kid wrestlers hosted Homer’s Popeye club for two days of grappling action last weekend.

Homer’s club brought 35 wrestlers and their parents on Thursday evening, and on Friday night and Saturday night, they matched themselves against the members of Kodiak Kid Wrestling, a nonprofit club.

“I’ve been here 22 years in Kodiak, and to the best of my knowledge we’ve never had a team come over here like this,” said Pat Costello, Kodiak High School’s wrestling coach.

Kodiak Kid Wrestling offers 5- to 18-year-olds a chance to practice outside the normal school season.

“It’s for the ones who want to continue and do more,” Costello said.

Last year, the club invited Wasilla Middle School’s team for a similar meet, but the event last weekend was the first time such a large group participated, Costello said.

Friday’s action was a folk-style event, while Saturday’s was a freestyle meet.

The contest was a good warmup for the Alaska USA Wrestling state tournament, Costello said. The annual early May event in Wasilla is the largest wrestling tournament in Alaska.

Contact Mirror editor James Brooks at editor@kodiak

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