The last six months have been good to Kodiak’s Emily Lorring.
Sign a National Letter of Intent to wrestle in college. Check.
Graduate early from Kodiak High School. Check.
Be honored with a college award. Check.
Following her first competition with NAIA University of Providence, the freshman Lorring was named the Embrace Health-Santiam Hospital Women’s Wrestler of the Week for the Cascade Collegiate Conference.
Lorring went 2-1 at the Nampa Collegiate Invite on Feb. 6 in Nampa, Idaho. The 143-pounder pinned Grays Harbor College’s Andrea Jones (1:49) and trounced Simpson University’s Veronica Rodriquez (10-0). Lorring was pinned in the championship match by Eastern Oregon University’s Erin Redford (1:22).
“There was a lot of really good things that we saw this weekend,” head coach Matt Atwood said in a press release. “There’s a lot of things that we need to work on. Overall she wrestled really well. She was moving forward, she was confident, she wasn’t scared. It was really fun to watch her.”
Since her arrival to the Montana-based school, the coach said he has seen improvements from Lorring and credits that to her coachability.
“She’s had some frustrating moments,” he said. “She’s continued to keep her head down and work hard. She’s one of the hardest workers on the team. She doesn’t ever complain. She just does what’s asked. The biggest thing is she listens extremely well. We really saw in her matches the things that she worked on in practice. Things that she wasn’t doing early, she really listened and made the adjustments. She’s very coachable. We’ve only been with her a few weeks, and we can already see the improvements and the hard work that she’s been putting in paying off.”
A future in wrestling blossomed for Lorring after she went 22-3 and was the state’s runner-up at 135 pounds her junior season in 2019. Her senior season was wiped out because of COVID-19. But that is OK. She is making up for that missed season now.
“I’ve learned a lot from wrestling as a person,” Lorring told the Daily Mirror when she signed her National Letter of Intent in September. “Wrestling is pretty much my family. I wanted to do it in college because if I didn’t, I wouldn’t know what to do with myself.”
She picked Providence because it is known for its nursing school — a field that Lorring is pursuing. The Argos are also pretty good at wrestling. They finished ninth in the country in 2019 and are currently ranked 18th in the NAIA Women’s Wrestling Coaches’ Poll and have five nationally-ranked wrestlers, including junior Jenna Awana at 143 pounds.
Lorring is one of three Alaskans on the roster. Houston’s Danielle Lord (143 pounds) and West Anchorage’s Ashlan Tiesega (191) are the other two.
Lorring wasn’t the only graduate of Kodiak High wrestling at the Nampa Collegiate Invite. Eastern Oregon University junior Krystal Fabricante went 1-1 in the 143-pound B bracket. The 2017 graduate of KHS pinned Lord (1:26) and was pinned by Big Bend Community College’s Kaylee Gianes (5:28).
Black Hills State University junior Keith Osowski had a personal-best performance at the South Dakota State University Indoor Classic on Saturday in Brookings, South Dakota.
The 2017 graduate of Kodiak High logged a mile time of 4 minutes, 15.21 seconds. Not only was the time a career-best, but it also was the eighth-fastest indoor mile time in school history. Osowski finished seventh in the race that South Dakota’s Tom Breuckman won in 4:08.72.
“It was very nice to get a PR after a while,” Osowski wrote in a text message.
Osowski also picked up an eighth-place finish in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:51.32. He was the top Black Hills finisher in a race that was won by unnatched runner Joshua Yeager in 7:58.86.
Osowski wasn’t the only Alaskan cracking the Yellow Jackets’ record book on Saturday. Seward’s Ruby Lindquist jumped to No. 3 on the school’s mile record list with a time of 4:59.63, good for sixth in the race. The junior was also 12th in the 800 (2:19.17).
Up next for Black Hills is the Stinger Open on Feb. 19-20 in Spearfish, South Dakota.
Merrimack College freshman Carly Glover fired a shot on goal in a 6-1 defeat to University of Maine on Sunday in North Andover, Massachusetts.
Merrimack recorded 24 shots on goal in the loss. Maine swept the two-game series, winning 2-1 in Saturday’s opener.
Glover, a 2020 graduate of Kodiak High, has six shots on goal this season. Merrimack dropped to 1-15 overall, 1-15 in the Hockey East Conference.
University of Hawaii junior Talon Lindquist aims to defend his 200-yard butterfly title at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships that begin Wednesday at the Cal Poly Anderson Aquatic Center in San Luis Obispo, California.
Lindquist, a two-time conference champion, is seeded third in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:46.24. He is ranked fourth in the 400 individual medley with a mark of 3:53.90 and is seeded eighth in the 200 IM with a time of 1:49.47. He won the 400 IM with a school and conference record time of 3:46.81 as a freshman.
The Hawaii men are two-time defending conference champions.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hawaii has competed in only one meet this season.