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2021-22 high school individual state champions list, as of December 20, 2021

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Colony High School (Alaska) wrestling team at the state meet. The boys won the Div. I team title, while the girls placed second. Photo courtesy of the ColonyHSKnights Twitter site.


Once again, USA Wrestling plans to research and publish on a regular basis an update on the 2021-22 state high school champions for both boys and girls.


Winning a state high school title is an amazing achievement for a high school student-athlete. We will post the champions from official state high school championships for boys, as well as the girls who have won official state high school titles, as well as the recognized state competitions which are not run by their state high school association. We will also post the team champions at the state level as available. As available, we will include the state champion’s year in school and final record.

One of the main reasons we are tracking these champions is that current and past state champions and National Prep champions (any year) in grades 9-12 automatically qualify for the USA Wrestling High School National Recruiting Showcase. Information on where the High School National Recruiting Showcase for boys will be held, as well as where the High School National Recruiting Showcase for girls will be held in 2022 will be announced shortly.


The first of the season’s high school state championships was held in Alaska this past weekend, as the boys DI and DII state tournaments and the girls state tournament hosted in Anchorage.

2021 Alaska state championships at Anchorage

December 17-18


Div. I boys champions

103 - Kael Salisbury (Palmer) 30-3, So.

112 - Elyle Fransisco (East Anchorage) 32-0, Jr.

119 - Benjamin Pope (East Anchorage) 39-2, Sr.

125 - Matthew Mitchell (Colony) 21-1, So.

130 - Dylan Shaw (South Anchorage) 38-0, Jr.

135 - Aaron Concepcion (South Anchorage) 39-2, So.

140 - Colton Parduhn (Lathrop Wrestling) 44-0, Sr.

145 - Elijah Larsen (Colony) 37-0, Jr.

152 - Antonio Woodfork (Palmer) 33-0, Sr.

160 - Chad Hakala (South Anchorage) 47-3, Sr.

171 - Wayne Mellon (Soldotna) 21-0, Sr.

189 - Hunter Richardson (Soldotna) 37-2, Jr.

215 - Liam Babitt (Soldotna) 36-0, Jr.

285 - Noah Curtis (Lathrop) 38-0, Jr.

Boys Div. I Team champion – Colony High School


Div. II boys champions

103 - Aiden Schilling (Seward) 13-11, Fr.

112 - Myles Campbell (Reddington) 24-1, So.

119 - Landon Smith (Bethel) 36-0, Sr.

125 - Paul Dyment (Bethel) 26-11, So.

130 - Joseph Smith (Bethel) 26-2, Sr.

135 - Demetry Hoseth (Dillingham) 19-2, Sr.

140 - Jordan Korth (Glennallen) 21-4, Sr.

145 - Zach Kolbe (Dillingham) 18-5, Sr.

152 - Alex Buck (Glennallen) 26-5, Sr.

160 - Ryan Rooney (Wrangell) 21-0, Sr

171 - Simon Grenier (Nikiski) 25-5, Sr.

189 - Seth Briesmeister (Hutchinson) 12-1, Sr.

215 - Stephen Hunt (Delta) 18-5, Sr.

285 - Uatahouse Tuifua (Barrow) 29-1, So.

Boys Div. II team champions - Bethel High School


Girls State champions

103 - Megan Spencer (Lathrop) 34-6, So.

112 - Autumn Poland (Lathrop 35-1, Sr.

119 - Trinity Pendergrass (Palmer) 16-1, Sr.

125 - Natallie Tobuk (Nome) 22-0, Jr

130 - Aileen Lester (Newhalen) 14-2, Jr.

135 - Liana Carney (Wrangell) 19-0, Sr.

145 - Trinity Donovan (Soldotna) 36-0, Jr.

160 - Emily Bellant (North Pole Patriots ) 39-0, Jr.

189 - Twyla Anderstrom (Redington) 20-1, Sr.

235 - Alice Bent (West Valley) 20-2, Jr

Girls team champions – Lathrop High School