Athlete – Chugiak High School
1978 graduate of Chugiak High School – Cody Tanner was a three time finalist in wrestling winning two championships in both 1976 and 1978. During his three year high school career, Cody had a 74-6 record. (During this time period 9th grade students wrestled as part of Gruening Junior High). A captain of his team, Cody was recognized as a great leader by his coach as a young man who consistently motivated his teammates to give their very best. Former high school teammate, Bill Stoltze states “As the team captain, he was a real leader; motivating us to work harder at practices, sharing his tremendous knowledge of the sport, but most importantly leading by example. A great athlete, an even greater leader and inspiration to the rest of us. Incredibly, he wrestled in the championship match in every tournament he entered from the 3rd to 12th grade.”
After gradation Cody wrestled for Southwest Oregon Community College where he went on to win the Oregon Community School Championship. Upon finishing college, Cody returned to Alaska where he coached wrestling at Colony High School both as an assistant and head coach at both the junior high and high school level. Later Cody became a wrestling official and was selected to work at several state championships.