Eagle River wrestlers lead locals at state wrestling

Monday, December 31, 2018 - 12:25

Eagle River’s Alyssa Andrews was the top placewinner at the ASAA/First National Bank State Wrestling Tournament Saturday at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.

Andrews pinned Wasilla’s Heidi Warner for the second time in the tournament to claim third at 119 pounds. Her sister, Ashley, also won her final match of the tournament by fall, pinning Dimond’s Eva Sherman-Dawe to claim fifth place at 112 pounds. The sisters’ performance helped the Eagle River girls finish 11th out of more than 50 girls teams in the tournament.

Andrew Hamilton turned in the top performance by a local wrestler in the boys tournament by winning a 12-7 decision over West’s Elias Roehl Paredes in the fifth-place match at 215 pounds for the Wolves, who finished 14th out of 18 teams in the Division I tournament.

Chugiak finished 17th. Junior Daniel Niebles advanced to the semifinals of the 189 pound weight class, where he lost to Colony’s Levi Hopkins and in the process suffered a shoulder injury that knocked him out of the tournament. The Cook Inlet Conference champion was forced to take injury defaults in his last two matches and finished sixth.

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