Kodiak claimed two individual titles and placed all eight of its wrestlers at the Alaska USGWA Girls State Championships Saturday at Service High School in Anchorage.
“They did very well — better than expected,” Kodiak coach Pat Costello said. “It’s kind of like the rest of the team has done all year.”
Costello said if team scores were kept, Kodiak would have won by a landslide.
Claiming state titles were Zoe Bigley and Sarah Carino.
Bigley went 4-0 in the middle school 105-pound division.
In the championship match, she was down 7-1 and came back to pin her opponent for the title.
Costello said Bigley used a move he just taught her on Thursday to get the pin.
“It was exciting to see her win with a move that she just learned,” Costello said.
Carino, a Kodiak junior, went 3-0 in the high school 120-pound division.
“She wasn’t able to compete most of the season. This was one of her first matches,” Costello said.
Carino’s toughest match came against teammate Ashley Benton. Carino won with a near-fall near the end of
Benton went on to place second with a 2-1 mark.
Jenny Valdez, Kaitlyn Clark and Shannon Armstrong also placed second in their weight classes.
Earning third-place finishes were Krystal Fabricante and Phoebe Quiliza.
“They all wrestled well and received a lot of compliments on how technical they wrestled,” Costello said.
Costello said more than 60 wrestlers from around the state participated in the event, billed as the unofficial girls high school state championships.
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