By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Lady 'Hawks Christensen shines in Wasilla


November 23, 2017 | View PDF

WASILLA – Rebecca Christensen went into the 2017 Lancer Smith Memorial Tournament this past weekend in Wasilla looking to prove she could hold her own against some of the top female wrestlers in the state. The answer she got was a resounding yes.

The Seward High School standout wrestled her way to a 2-2 record over the weekend and helped Seward’s 2-person girls’ team place 26th in the final standings. Christensen and Naomi Ifflander combined for seven points in the three-day event, which featured more than 840 athletes from across the state.

Competing in the 145-pound division, Christensen managed to flex her muscles early. Following a first round bye and a loss to Nome’s Sierra Tucker, she reeled off back-to-back wins over Kotzebue’s Emily Hoke and Mae Shroyer. The wins sent her into a fifth-round showdown with Lathrop’s Desarae Matheny.

Ifflander also turned in a solid showing for Seward despite finishing with a 0-2 mark in the tough 113-pound classification.

Clay Petersen was the lone boy to compete in the varsity division during the meet. He went 1-2 in the 98-pound weight classification. His win came via a second-round pin of Kodiak’s Daniel Padilla.


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