Courtesy of Nathan Benton

The Kodiak Middle School wrestling team at the Tanana Invitational over the weekend in Fairbanks. 

Maya Curp was unstoppable at the Tanana Invitational.

The Kodiak Middle School seventh grader pinned her way to the girls 175-pound title over the weekend in Fairbanks. 

Curp pinned Teeland’s Gia Jones 2 minutes, 14 seconds into the championship match.

She earned a trip to the final bout with pins over Redington’s Mya Rhodes-Hunison (3:32) and Tanana’s Lydia Patterson (1:00). 

Curp was Kodiak’s top finisher in what is dubbed the “unofficial middle school state tournament” 

The Grizzlies’ eight wrestlers accumulated 110 points to finish 18th out of 39 teams. Kodiak’s grapplers combined for a 25-13 record.  

“No other team brought the same or less number of kids and placed higher than us,” Kodiak coach Nathan Benton wrote in a text message. 

Ryder Roberts placed third (105 pounds), Justiss Meagher was fourth (77), Evan Bechtol was fifth (122) and Malakai Olson (105) was seventh.

Roberts, Meagher and Bechtol all lost semifinal matches.  

Roberts, who went 5-1, rebounded to top Eielson’s Kyler Matteson, 11-4, for third. 

Meagher fell to Seward’s Hunter Forshee-Kurtz in his bid for third. 

Bechtol lost in the consolation semifinals, then picked up a 5-1 victory over North Pole’s Braidin Martin for fifth. 

Olson went 5-2, with both losses coming to Ryan’s Chance Halverson by a combined three points. 

He finished seventh with a forfeit win. 

“They all wrestled very well and their behavior throughout the trip was outstanding,” Benton wrote in a text message. “We won all of the matches we should have won and a few when we were the underdog.”



77 pounds — 4. Justiss Meagher, 4-2. 98 — Ram Caballa, 3-2. 105 — 3. Ryder Roberts, 5-1. 114 — 7. Malakai Olson, 5-2. 118 — Nathaniel Campos, 1-2. 122 — 5. Evan Bechtol, 3-2. 132 — Loren McKee, 1-2. 


175 — 1. Maya Curp, 3-0. 

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