Huskies, Wolves notch big wins at NWABSD wrestling meet
The Kotzebue Huskies and Selawik Wolves both wrestled to the top of the standings this past weekend with impressive outings at the Northwest Arctic Borough School District wrestling tournament. Both had more than 10 wrestlers finish in the top three of their respective weight classifications.
The overall winner, Kotzebue was among the more dominant squads at the event. En route to garnering 13 medals, the Huskies had four wrestlers claim first- and second-place accolades, including Judah Atkinson, Blade Hoffman Mark Angelo Mangabat Salta and Jack Hyatt. The Huskies had five other grapplers net third-place marks.
Atkinson won the 132-pound title by going 3-0 in round-robin action. Shungnak's Brennan Sun finished second in the final standings. Hoffman finished atop the 138-pound standings. He went 3-0 and edged out Buckland's Floyd Ticket III for the win. Hoffman won a wild 19-10 score-fest over Ticket in the first round of the meet.
Salta claimed the 160-pound division, while Hyatt breezed to the 195/220-pound championship.
The Huskies also collected impressive outings from Samuel Lazarus and Peter Nelson. The two finished second and third in the 170-pound standings. Noatak's Brad Walton won the division with a 3-0 mark.
Mae Shroyer and Emily Hoke also gave the Huskies a 2-3 finish in the girls' 160-pound bracket. They finished behind Selawik standout Laura Coltrane Chase and Peter Reich also notched second-place finishes for Kotzebue. Chase was the runner-up to Noorvik's Kane Hoffman in the 113-pound standings. Reich was second to Shungnak's Justin Custer in the 120/126-pound bracket. In addition to a win from Ramoth, the Wolves also garnered a gold-medal performance from Shelby Sampson. She went 3-0 in the girls' 120/132-pound division. Buckland's Jacquelyn Berlin was second, placing just ahead of Selawik's Trisha Mann and Kotzebue's Patricia McCall.
Noorvik's Richard Hankinson edged out a pair of Selawik grapplers to win the 152-pound title. Harding Black and Tristan Mann were second and third, respectively.
Buckland's Trinity Ahkpuk claimed the top spot in the girls' 106/113-pound division. Selawik's Kaylie Griest was second.
Kyleigha Wilson claimed Noatak's second gold of the tournament. The Noatak standout won the girls' 182-pound bracket. Selawik's Keana Howarth and Marie Ramoth were second and third, respectively. Kotzebue's Kiersten Hunnicaut was fourth.