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Hard work vaults Homer wrestling into Class 1-2-3A state title picture

...That was obviously their move of the week, and we had not gotten to that move yet. Kudos to (Soldotna coach) Neldon (Gardner)."Gardner himself said Homer's victory at the ACS Invite did not surprise him, partly due to the duals format...
SoHi clashes with Kenai wrestling

...was able to escape just 24 seconds into the period."That was the pivotal point in the match," Soldotna coach Neldon Gardner said.The coach explained that Best had tried a cradle, a move that works for him on smaller wrestlers. When Best...
2015 wrestling preview: Class 1-2-3A, 4A finals are back under same roof

...seen the season end before the holiday break, so the change will not affect them.For coaches like Soldotna's Neldon Gardner, the change is not a difficult adjustment, as he became accustomed to the December finish in his 24-year career...
Hutchison, Ostrander set to be honored by Alaska Hall of Fame

...feet and the crowd reacted by amping up the level of noise.Hutchison said during the final minute that something Neldon Gardner had drilled into her head in countless practices - "If you don't get up, you don't deserve to win." - kept...
Steffensen, Hutchison bring familiar names to state wrestling championships

...clean four-year sweep of state titles."He's got a tough (weight) class to get through," said Soldotna coach Neldon Gardner. "But he's seeded No. 1 so I know he can do it."Hutchison and Steffensen are two of a few headlining acts...
Soldotna takes dual win over Kenai

...December, but with wrestlers finally beginning to get healthy again after a season of illness and injury, SoHi coach Neldon Gardner was happy to see his team come away with the win."I would rather do duals like this than a long tournament any...
Kenai takes dual win over SoHi

Over the years that Soldotna's Neldon Gardner and Kenai Central's Stan Steffensen have faced each other as coaches on the wrestling mat, the rivalry has been intense but...
A look at the Soldotna-Skyview co-curricular consolidation

...Normally, that type of experience is impossible to replace. But that's where Skyview comes in.Enter coaches like Neldon Gardner (head wrestling coach at Skyview since 1990), Ted McKenney (22 years as cross-country coach at Cook Inlet Academy...
Prep wrestling season receives a shakeup, so went with it the impressive standard of excellence that the Panthers churned out each and every year. Neldon Gardner, the only coach the Skyview wrestling team ever had in its 23 years of existence, moved (back) up to the large-schools...
Big-schools wrestling preview: Coaches Steffensen, Gardner return to old mat rooms

...this is where we were," Steffensen said. "Being back in the room is super, super good."For Soldotna coach Neldon Gardner, the wait had been even longer. Gardner took over the SoHi program this season after 24 years at Skyview High School...


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