FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The defending Alaska State Wrestling Champions are getting well-deserved recognition.
The North Pole Girls Wrestling program was ranked 14th in the country, by a poll conducted by USA Wrestling, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and FloWrestling.
The poll, the first of its kind created by the organizations, ranked the top 25 high school girls wrestling teams across the nation.
Additionally, 112-pound grappler Elizabeth Schumaker was tabbed 18th nationally in her division. The junior secured her third straight individual state championship this year, eyeing a four-peat in 2020.
The Patriots captured their first state title in 2019 in Alaska's third year crowning a girls team champion.
Other notable placements for North Pole at the state tournament include a runner-up finish from Emily Bellant (145 lbs.), a bronze finish for Janice Dykes (125), fourth place finishes from Dakota Darby (130) and Megan Parrish (235) and a top five placement from Macara Kobernuss (119).
Six other Alaskans were also individually ranked on the national scale:
Eielson - Debranna Bealer - 7th - 225 lbs.
Homer - Rayana Vigil - 9th - 180
Soldotna - Amanda Wylie - 21st - 164
South Anchorage - Shelby Ottum - 16th - 132
South Anchorage - Jayleen Sekona - 15th - 180
Wrangell - Liana Carney - 16th - 117