North Pole Girls Wrestling continues to own the mat - claim John Tobin Tournament Title
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Picking up where they left off last season - An Alaska State Wrestling Championship - the North Pole Girls program has not missed a beat since they hoisted the trophy in December of 2019.
After five of their eight grapplers earned first place in their respective divisions at the Lance Smith Memorial in Palmer last weekend, the host Patriots took the team title with more individual champions at the annual John Tobin Tournament, defending last year’s title as well.
Three-time individual state champion Elizabeth Schumaker set the pace for the Patriots in the 112lb. finals Saturday, defeating Eielson’s Elle Webster by Fall at 1:19. Macara Kobernuss - a Top 5 finisher at State last year - took the 125 title, defeating fellow teammate AnnMarie D`Hondt by technical fall 20-5 at 5:34.
Recent Ottawa University Wrestling (and Flag Football) signee Dakota Darby continued her undefeated season, taking down Delta’s Madison by Fall at 1:29 to take the 135 crown.
The 160 title belongs to state runner-up Emily Bellant, who defeated Hutchison’s Jaylnn Hernandez by Fall at 2:28.
Cleaning up the individual titles was future Emmanuel College Lion Megan Parrish, with a victory by Fall at 1:32 in the 235 Class to help the final tally reach 128 team points. Wasilla placed 2nd with 81 points, while Eielson finished in 3rd with 62. West Valley garnered 45 points, followed by Hutchison (38), Delta (21) and Valdez (21).
On the boy’s side of the bracket, Wasilla took the title with 78 team points, ahead of North Pole (58), Eielson (52), West Valley (34), Hutch (24), Delta (11) and Valdez (11).
Eielson’s Kyler Matteson fell to Wasilla’s Elijah Allen in the 112 finals, while North Pole’s Devon Stolz defeated West Valley’s Andrew Dosland to take the 125 individual title.
Zadock Hawkins, donning the Red and Gold, defeated teammate Chase Valentine in the 135 finals, before North Pole’s Toby Quiros finished runner-up to Wasilla’s Fred Elvsaas in the 145.
Eielson’s Adam Jockusch, who previously signed to Benedictine College Wrestling, dominated the mats once again with a win over West Valley’s Soren Arnold in the 152 division.
The 160 and 171 classes were won by Wasilla, with North Pole’s Kyle Stolz and Eielson’s Harrisen Wall each placing runner-up in their respective divisions. Hutchison’s Seth Briemeister put the Hawks in the win column by defeating North Pole’s Daniel Conley in the 189 finals. Wasilla wrapped competition with a win in the 215 class, as Hutchison’s Andrew Holman placed 2nd.
West Valley, Delta, Hutch and Eielson will take to the mats on the Air Force Base Wednesday, while Lathrop hosts North Pole for a dual meet.
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