Conwell, McCall lead Lady Huskies to 6th in Wasilla
Tina Conwell continued to turn heads on the wrestling mat this past weekend. The Kotzebue standout wrestled her way to a silver medal and helped the Lady Huskies roll to a sixth-place finish in the girls' division at the Lancer Smith Memorial Wrestling Tournament in Wasilla.
Kotzebue's six female wrestlers rolled up 55.5 points in the tournament and finished just one-half point from a top-five finish at a meet that featured more than 840 wrestlers from across the state. Mt. Edgecumbe won the girls' team title with 126 points. Homer, North Pole, South Anchorage and Galena rounded out the top five squads.
Conwell etched her name firmly into the state contender category with a solid showing in the girls' 182-pound classification. She went 3-1 overall, including resounding wins in her first bouts. She defeated West Anchorage's Valentina Oseguera at the 1:55 mark of the first period in her first-round bout. In her next outing, she powered her way to a technical fall victory over Tina Tinker of Galena by reeling off a 15-0 start. She defeated West Anchorage's Thereisa Vaafuti in the semifinals with a first-period pin.
Conwell's only loss came in the finals against Mt. Edgecumbe's Agatha Andrews.
Carmella McCall and Jessica McCall also turned in strong showings for the Lady Huskies. Carmella wrestled her way to a fourth-place finish in the 120-pound division with a 4-2 record. Jessica posted a 2-2 mark in the 106-pound classification.
Mae Shroyer and Emily Hoke also recorded points for Kotzebue. Shroyer scored six points for the team en route to posting a 1-2 mark in the girls' 145-pound division. Her win came via a pin of Colony's Allison Garcia in her opening bout. Hoke, who picked up a win over Newhalen's Tasha Hobson, went 1-2 in the 145-pound bracket.
Patricia McCall also competed in the tournament for the Lady Huskies.
Like Conwell, Noatak's Kyleigha Wilson continued her impressive 2017 campaign with a stellar showing. Wilson rebounded from a semifinal round loss to Andrews to claim third in the 182-pound standings.
Wilson, who went 3-1 in the tournament, salted away the bronze-medal honors by claiming a win over West Anchorage's Maleah Vint in the third-place bout.
Rebecca Gerke highlighted the Barrow Lady Whalers' efforts at the meet. Gerke wrestled her way to a sixth-place finish in the girls' 182-pound standings. She finished the meet with a 2-3 record.
Amyaa Davis and Eve Negovanna also turned in impressive outing for the Lady Whalers, who finished 21st in the final team standings.
Davis went 3-2 in the 145-pound classification, while Negovanna posted a 2-2 mark.