NTL GIRLS WRESTLING: FOUR ATHENS WRESTLERS REACH PODIUM; LADY 'CATS FINISH EIGHTH AT COAL CRACKER GIRLS INVITE
(2023-01-22)Valley Sports Report
LEIGHTON, Pa. — Athens, led by runner-up freshman Hanna Rathbun, had four wrestlers reach the podium in an eighth-place team finish here this weekend at the Coal Cracker Girls Wrestling Invitational.
Athens placed eighth in the 35-team field with 79.5 points, while Cumberland Valley claimed the team title with 175 points, while Bishop McCort was second with 130.5 points, and Easton was third with 125.At 124-131 pounds
, Rathbun pinned her way into the finals.
She opened with a 56-second fall of Selinsgrove’s Cadence Kratzer, then pinned Cumberland Valley’s Mariam Basta in 3:50 in the quarterfinals.
In the semifinals, Rathbun decked Easton’s Jamie Castillo in 3:19.
In the finals, Honesdale’s Rosalyn Mikulak pinned Rathbun in 4:40 to secure the title.At 105-110 pounds
, 7th-grader Kendall Galasso went 3-1 to finish third.
Kendall Galasso opened with a pin of Cumberland Valley’s Paige Klarie in 4:11 in the opening round, then pinned Honesdale’s Rachele Chee in 2:48 in the quarterfinals.
In the semifinals, Pocono Mountain West’s Mia Ariola pinned Kendall Galasso in the first period, but she bounced back in the third-place mats with a pin of Hanover’s Santina Saraka in 1:55.At 109-115
, freshman Aniah Kolesar went 3-1 to finish third.
Kolesar opened with a 14-2 major decision over Cumberland Valley’s Lillian Seagraves, then pinned Selinsgrove’s Nevaeh Strouse in 3:52 in the quarterfinals.
In the semis, Bishop McCort’s Lane Fordyce pinned Kolesar in 35 seconds, but she bounced back in the third-place match with a 15-4 major decision over Easton’s Alexis Santiagon.At 120-125
, 8th-grader J.C. Allis went 3-1 to finish fifth.
Allis got to the podium the hard way, by dropping her first bout via fall in 2:02 to Cumberland Valley’s Eliana White-Vega, then winning three straight.
In her first wrestleback match, Allis decked Western Wayne’s Olivia Black in 46 seconds.
Allis then forged a 6-2 decision over Gettysburg’s Adrianna Bowling in the consolation semifinals.
In the fifth-place match, Allis dominated in an 18-3 technical fall of Northwestern Lehigh’s Josie Wehr.At 130-137
, 7th-grader Memphis Paul was 2-2, and one win shy of placing.
Paul scored an 8-6 overtime win over Cumberland Valley’s Morgan Longenecker in the opening round, then dropped a 2-0 decision to Gettysburg’s Zalika Roberts in the quarterfinals.
Paul bounced back with a pin of Palisades’ Olivia Lessing in 1:29, but was eliminated via a 6-5 loss to Lehigton’s Maggie Pagotto in the consolation semifinals.At 133-144 pounds
, senior Lily Galasso was 1-2, with her lone win a 30-second fall over Palisades’ Hannah Gibson in the opening round.
Sophomore Mary Henry (113-122), 8th-grader Kaylynn Kletz (114-121) and 8th-grader Abigail Wagner (155-168) were all 0-2 on the weekend.
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