Negovanna, Conwell earn silver medals at state
ANCHORAGE - Barrow's Eve Negovanna and Kotzebue's Tina Conwell gave the northern part of Alaska plenty of reason to smile on Saturday at the 2017 ASAA/First National Bank Girls State Wrestling Championships.
The two highlighted a strong outing by girls from across the North Slope and Northwest Arctic boroughs by wrestling their way to silver medal finishes in their respective weight classifications.
Conwell helped the Kotzebue girls fight their way to 10th in the team standings by starring in the 182-pound weight classification. She turned in a 2-1 record during the tournament, which was held on Dec. 15-16 at the Alaska Airlines Center.
After drawing a bye in the first round, Conwell flexed her muscle. She defeated Kenai's Reya Hale and Mt. Edgecumbe's Mikayla Kameroff in her first two bouts. The wins moved her into the finals to face off with Mt. Edgecumbe's Agatha Andrew.
Andrew managed to work out win over Conwell in the finals.
Conwell was one of six KHS standouts making an appearance in the tournament, joining Jessica McCall, Carmella McCall, Patricia McCall, Mae Shroyer and Kiersten Hunnicutt.
Negovanna gave Barrow a second-place finish in the 160-pound division. She went 3-1 in action, and finished her season with a 14-13 mark.
Negovanna began her tournament with a 12-5 victory over Selawik's Laura Ramoth. From there, she posted a 14-12 victory over Chloe Grogan of Nikiski in the quarterfinals, and a 7-1 victory over West Anchorage's Maleah Vint in the semifinals.
In the championship match, she suffered a loss to Sydnee Kimber of Mt. Edgecumbe.
Amyaa Davis also represented Barrow at the state tournament.
Buckland's Trinity Ahkpuk added a win to the Northwest Arctic's totals. She went 1-2 in the 106-pound division. Sissauni teammate Jacquelyn Berlin wrestled in the 132-pound bracket.