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

...quarter-nelson. 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

...Kenai wrestler 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...
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...
Skyview wrestling coach to be honored

The moment Neldon Gardner stepped into the brand new Skyview...have nothing but good things to say."Neldon is a classy, wonderful guy," said Kenai...our awards speaker at our banquet. With Neldon, he says, you bet. And that's the...
2015 wrestling preview: Class 1-2-3A, 4A finals are back under same roof

...traditionally 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...
Skyview's first and only wrestling coach finishes a winner

"A New Year brings new expectations," is a reply that Skyview High School's wrestling coach Neldon Gardner often told his students when he asked them to raise the bar and look at winning at regional's and going to state...
Skyview edges Nikiski on mats

...night. There were six forfeits in the match, Skyview coach Neldon Gardner said. For the Panthers, Hannah Hutchison earned a...All in all I was real happy with our kids," Skyview coach Neldon Gardner said, "It's going to be a battle each time we face...
Soldotna takes dual win over Kenai

...early 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 day...
Steffensen, Hutchison bring familiar names to state wrestling championships

...completed a 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 for...
Hutchison, Ostrander set to be honored by Alaska Hall of Fame

...rise to her 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 running...


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