Sitka's Sydnee Kimber Wins Women's Freestyle Wrestling National Championship

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Sydnee Kimber, a 16-year-old girl from Sitka, has become only the 4th Alaskan ever to win a wrestling National Championship.

In July, the Cadet/Junior National Championships took place in the Fargodome down in Fargo, North Dakota.
When it was all said and done, the Senior for Mt. Edgecumbe High School stood tall in her 164-pound weight class in the Women's Freestyle Division.

She went the distance against California's Dymond Guilford in the Championship match and ended up coming out on top, 10-4, to be declared Alaska's first national champion in over 10 years.

The last champions we had representing the 49th state were Michaela Hutchison and her brother Eli, who won their titles back in 2006.

The first Alaskan national champion was Dallas Seavey back in 2003.

Seavey has gone on to win 4 Iditarod Sled Dog races, Eli Hutchison was a 4-time state champion and Michaela Hutchison was the first girl in the nation to win a state championship while competing against boys.

She also went on to help coach the Alaskan Wrestling Team and helped lead Kimber to her National Title.
Out of the 23 Alaskan Grapplers competing Kimber was the one champion.

We did see another amazing performance in the tournament from McKenzie Cook, out of Homer.
Cook came up just short in her bracket to be named the silver medalist for the 144-pound freestyle division.

Fairbanks' own Jeremy Bockert made it to the Quarterfinals of his bracket, the 94-pound Greco Division.

Sydnee Kimber is already a three-time state champion, and now a national champion, and she hasn't even started her senior season yet at Mt. Edgecumbe.

She hopes to wrestle at McKendree University down in Illinois once her High School career comes to a close.