Warriors wrestle at Grace Grizzly Shakedown

Landon Smith of the Bethel Warriors Wrestling team wins gold at the Grace Grizzly Shakedown last Saturday.
Photo courtesy of Darren Lieb

The Bethel Warrior Wrestlers competed at the Grace Grizzly Shakedown held at Grace Christian School in Anchorage this past weekend, December 3-5, 2021. Five wrestlers placed in the top five including undefeated senior Landon Smith, 30-0, was voted the Tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler after he beat the #1 ranked 4A wrestler and returning 4A State Champion from East Anchorage. Emilie Madson also won first in the 103 girls division. Brielle Herron took home two silver medals in the 125 lb. varsity and varsity 2 brackets, Hayden Naneng placed 5th in the 103 lb. division, and Isabelle Lieb placed 4th in the 145 lb. division.

Other Bethel wrestlers competing at the event also included Payton Boney (135G), Katherine Small (135G), Alvino Vasquez (103), Paul Dyment (125), Aaron Mute (130), Charles Smith (145), Patricio Vasquez (160), Jordan Leinberger (160), Zahcory Jacobs-McDonald (215), and Landon Burke (215).

Up next for the Warrior Wrestlers is the Great Alaska Conference Tournament next Friday in Bethel, December 10-11, 2021 to be held at the WarriorDome.

Grace Grizzly Shakedown Results

December 3-5, 2021

Girls Varsity – 103G

1st Emilie Madson, BRHS

2nd Jessica Leclair, Soldotna

3rd Lauren Bodeen, Eagle River High School

4th Megan Cornett, Kodiak

5th Hayden Naneng, BRHS

Girls Varsity – 125G

1st Avery Long, Palmer High School

2nd Briella Herron, BRHS

3rd Bella Young, Bristol Bay

Girls Varsity – 145G

1st Trinity Donovan, Soldotna

2nd Kaitlyn Cottrell, Colony High School

3rd Makaylen King, South Anchorage High School

4th Isabel Lieb, BRHS

Girls Varsity 2 – 125G

1st Avery Long, Palmer High School

2nd Briella Herron, BRHS

3rd Bella Young, Bristol Bay

Varsity – 119

1st Landon Smith, BRHS

2nd Benjamin Pope, East Anchorage High School

3rd John Paul Lavarias, West Anchorage

4th Anan Siackhasone, South Anchorage High School

Team Results

1 South Anchorage, 196.0; 2 Palmer, 141.0; 3 Colony, 131.0; 4 Soldotna, 123.0; 5 Service High, 111.5; 6 East Anchorage, 103.0; 7 Eagle River, 80.5; 8 Grace Christian, 80.5; 9 West Anchorage, 77.0; 10 Chugiak, 69.5; 11 Bethel, 53.5; 12 Barrow, 46.0; 13 Dimond, 42.5; 14 Kenai Central, 42.0; 15 Homer, 34.5; 16 Kodiak, 25.5; 17 Houston, 20.0; 18 Dillingham, 18.0; 19 Seward, 17.5; 20 Bartlett, 11.0; 21 Anchorage Christian Schools, 8.0; 22 New Stuyahok, 8.0; 23 Bristol Bay, 3.0; 24 Newhalen, 0.0.