Cayle Byers, a 2007 Chugiak grad who wrestles for Oklahoma State University, placed third at the NCAA Division I national tournament on Saturday, March 17, in St. Louis.
Wrestling at 197 pounds, Byers, a senior, won twice on Saturday to claim third. He beat Minnesota's Sonny Yohn, 8-1, to reach the third place match. There, he took out No. 3 seed Matthew Wilps of Pittsburgh, 3-2 on riding time.
Byers' only loss of the tournament came during Friday night's semifinal round, when he fell 6-3 to No. 1 seed Cam Simaz of Cornell.
Chugiak High graduate Cayle Byers has reached the semifinals of the NCAA Division I national wrestling tournament in St. Louis. He'll wrestle No. 1 seed Cam Simaz of Cornell at 3 p.m. today for a berth in the national championship match Saturday.
Byers, a senior 197-pounder seeded No. 1 for Oklahoma State University, scored a 5-4 decision over Nebraska's James Nakashima in the quarterfinals on Friday morning.
Byers won the Big 12 Conference tournament on March 3 to advance to nationals.
Chugiak's Jim Lanier joined the Iditarod's most exclusive club when he passed beneath the burled arch in Nome at 5:58 p.m. Thursday, March 15 to complete his 15th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Lanier, who first ran the race in 1979 and has never scratched has now finished the race in five different decades. Only Rick Swenson and Sonny Lindner, of Two Rivers, have accomplished that feat. Willow's Bob Chlupach can also join the club if he makes it to Nome this year.
Chugiak’s Jim Lanier, 71, earned the halfway prize of $3,000 in gold nuggets courtey of GCI for being the first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher to arrive in the Cripple checkpoint on Thursday, March 8. Lanier, who first ran the race in 1979, is vying to complete the race in his fifth decade of competition. As of Wednesday, March 14, Lanier was 123 miles from Nome in the Koyuk checkpoint in 31st place.
Lanier, 71, was the first Iditarod musher to reach the Cripple checkpoint on Thursday, March 8, claiming the GCI Dorothy Page Award and $3,000 in gold nuggets courtesy of the telecommunications company.
He arrived in the checkpoint with 13 dogs after making a 14 hour, 30 minute run from Ophir.