By Mark C. Robinson
Wrangell Sentinel 

Middle schooler wins top spot at state wrestling tournament

 

March 13, 2024

Jack Carney photo

Wrangell eighth grader Kourtney Barnes (right) faced off against Jordynn Colby of North Pole Middle School in the final round, winning first place in her bracket at the Tanana Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Fairbanks March 1-2.

Wrangell eighth grader Kourtney Barnes earned the top spot in her weight bracket for the second year in a row at the state's biggest middle school wrestling tournament.

It was the third time in three years that she faced Jordynn Colby of North Pole in the finals.

Two of Kourtney's schoolmates placed second and fourth at the tournament.

"We had a capstone weekend to our wrestling season," said head coach Jack Carney, who added that the wrestling community considers the Tanana Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Fairbanks to be the unofficial middle school state championship. Approximately 40 t...



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