A referee stands in front of two young women in purple and yellow wrestling on a purple mat

The Nome-Beltz wrestling team had a unique learning opportunity this weekend at the Anchorage Christian Schools (ACS) tournament: they got to take on wrestlers from around Alaska they wouldn’t normally get to see.

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52 teams competed in the 123A State Championships for wrestling over the weekend. Bethel High School won the meet, while Nome-Beltz placed 22nd. Photo: Emily Russell, KNOM.

Nearly 100 student wrestlers from around Western Alaska flew into Nome last weekend for the Nome Wrestling Invite. Athletes from larger teams like Nome, Kotzebue, and Bethel competed along with students from Gambell, Golovin, Savoonga, Shishmaref, St. Michael, and White Mountain.

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