Kotzebue grapplers shine in Nome
The Kotzebue Huskies won seven weight classifications this past weekend and rolled to a dominating performance at the Nome Wrestling Invitational. Kotzebue was among 12 teams competing in the two-day meet, which was held in "The Den" at Nome-Beltz High School.
Tina Conwell and Jessica McCall gave the Huskies much of the region's bragging rights in the girls' division as they both wrestled their way to golds. Conwell edged Shishmaref's Sarah Ningeulook for the top spot in the 182-pound classification, while McCall took the top spot in the 113-pound bracket with a win over Bethel's Rae Charlie.
Emily Hoke also did well for the KHS girls. She was fifth in the 145 ranks.
In the boys' division, Kotzebue picked up first-place marks from Michael Hatch, Matthew De La Cruz Jr., Trevor Miller-Hickerson, Ethan Roetman and Asaqpan Hensley. Hatched edged out Bethel's Travis Chaney for the top honors in the 113-pound class. De La Cruz turned in a perfect 5-0 mark en route to winning the 138-pound title.
Judah Atkinson was fourth in the 138-pound standings.
Miller-Hickerson and Mark Angelo Salta starred for the Huskies in the 160-pound bracket. Miller Hickerson won the class by downing Nome's Aaron Rose in the finals. Salta took third with a victory over Wassilie Charlie in the bronze-medal match.
Roetman and teammate Billy Nelson finished first and second, respectively, in the 182-pound standings, while Andrew Bergan and Jack Hyatt added second- and third-place marks to the KHS total in the 220-pound bracket.
Hensley won the 285-pound division by edging out Nome's Donald Smith.
Zaida Baldwin and Brinton Hole both turned in solid outings in the middle school division. Baldwin placed third in the 98-pound classification, while Hole was second in his 170-pound division.