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North Pole’s Kristy Massey signs to Northern Michigan’s DII Women’s Wrestling program

Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 7:40 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The North Pole High School Girls Wrestling program has not produced a shortage of success or talent in recent years. The Patriots won their first-ever Alaska Girls State Wrestling Championship in 2019, sending a senior to the collegiate ranks while competing as the 14th ranked program nationally.

North Pole followed the stellar season with another strong performance at state, placing runner-up while sending three more athletes to the next level - the latest being Kristy Massey.

Massey signed her national letter of intent Tuesday in front of supports to compete for Northern Michigan’s newly established wrestling program in Marquette.

“Originally, I didn’t start out wanting to play sports in college, I was mainly looking the classes they offered,” Massey said after putting pen to paper in North Pole’s gymnasium ”I found that they had a really good business program and then I found out they were adding women’s wrestling, so I reached out to the coach. I am super excited to get there and workout like a professional athlete, especially because they have an Olympic Training Site there, but I am not sure if I am going to be able to use it because I know it is for Greco-Roman, but I am hoping to.”

Massey, who only began wrestling in 2018, has competed at the Alaska State Championships each of the last three years. She captured the Denali Conference title at 160 in 2019 as the top wrestler in the Region for her class, before going on to be a part of North Pole’s State Championship run.

In February 2020, Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees approved the addition of women’s wrestling to their athletics, becoming the first public university in the state to sponsor the sport as an NCAA scholarship level program. However, the school is not new to wrestling, as the campus is home to one of 16 Olympic Training Sites in the country with programs for Greco-Roman wrestling and weightlifting. Those who have come through the program include Olympians Randi Miller (bronze medalist, Beijing 2008), Adeline Gray (Rio 2016) and Helen Maroulis (gold medalist, Rio 2016).

“I think it has definitely grown,” Massey said of girl’s and women’s wrestling. “Even just with our brackets it continues to grow each year, we see new people coming and I think it is great to see new faces and new people deciding to wrestling.”

In addition to her work on the mat, Massey is also a Mentor with the Special Olympics Partner’s Club and was a student aid for special education classes at North Pole.

Massey joins current teammates Megan Parrish (Emmanuel College) and Dakota Darby (Ottawa University) as wrestlers to take their talents to the collegiate level, continuing the rich and flourishing traditions of North Pole Girls Wrestling.

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