Karla DeBastien and Nelda Anderson compete for the 60 kg win
Photo By Allan Rudisill
The first wrestling duel of the Arctic Winter Games pitting Team Alberta North versus Northwest Territories on Monday wound up with Alberta pinning their opponents 98-20.
This is the first Games’ competition for Northwest Territories coaches John Himmelman and Kathleen Groenewegen. They said they are excited to be participating and watching the competition.
“I don’t know who our toughest competitor will be. I am getting my first look at the other teams,” said Coach Groenewegen.
The Northwest Territories has one of the smallest teams in the competition with only four girls and four boys wrestling, according to Groenewegen. The team has four empty weight classes in their lineup resulting in the lopsided score.
Team Alberta has been practicing since October, according to their coach, Derek Berg, and the team is near the end of their regular season. Most of the wrestlers just competed in their provincial championship, which is the equivalent of the state tournament in Alaska. The team has two provincial champions participating in the games, said Coach Berg.
“Team Alaska is our biggest competitor,” said Coach Berg, “They never have a weak men’s team. They give good, tough competition, which is sometimes hard to find at home.”
The wrestling teams’ matches continue through Thursday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Kenai Recreation Center. Individual competitions will be held Wednesday and Thursday.
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