Hutchison earns national championship

Posted: Friday, May 06, 2005

In late April, Eli Hutchison, a junior who is home schooled and takes classes at Skyview High School, was busy collecting national and regional wrestling honors in Las Vegas.

In his family, he has to collect honors just to keep up with his sister Michaela, a freshman.

In early April, Michaela won the 108-pound freestyle division at the FILA Cadet Body Bar Women's Nationals in San Diego.

In late April, Eli matched his sister by winning first place at 132 pounds at the FILA Junior National Championship - Greco Roman in Las Vegas. In the final, Hutchison topped Travis Lang of Minneapolis.

It was a busy week in Las Vegas for Hutchison, who wrestled 22 matches in just three days. While there, he also wrestled in the FILA Junior National Championship - Freestyle, the West Junior Regional Championships - Greco Roman and the West Junior Regional Championships - Freestyle.

Hutchison did not place in the FILA Junior National Championship - Freestyle because, according to his father, Mike, he was worn out.

In the West Junior Regional Championships - Greco Roman, Hutchison finished third at 130 pounds. He picked up a technical fall over Paul Bjorkstrand of Burnsville, Minn., in the third-place match.

In the West Junior Regional Championships - Freestyle, Hutchison finished second at 130 pounds. In the championship, he lost a 4-2 decision to Jordan Frishkorn of Chesapeake, Va.

Mike Hutchison said Eli, who has not lost a match in Alaska in his three years of high school, was the only wrestler in Las Vegas to enter all four of the tournaments. He said the other wrestlers did not want to deal with all the matches and weigh-ins in such a short period of time.

Mike said Eli entered all four tournaments because he was traveling all the way from Alaska and had a lot of money and time tied up in the trip.



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