Glacier Peak’s Hubby makes history at Mat Classic | Girls wrestling
Last updated 3/2/2018 at Noon
Kiley Hubby made history at Mat Classic XXX.
The sophomore standout became the first Glacier Peak girl wrestler to win a state wrestling title.
Hubby recorded a pin over Wahluke’s Laly Gonzalez-Nunez at the 1-minute, 12-second mark of their 145-pound championship match Saturday, Feb. 17, in the Tacoma Dome.
“It’s really good,” Hubby said of winning her first state title. “I had so much support from my family, my teammates, my coaches and I worked super hard this season and I’m really grateful.”
Hubby said that she went into the finals with the same mental approach she had in her other two matches at the state tournament.
“I just connected the moves together,” Hubby said of the pin. “I got out of position a few times, but I still was able to keep the pace forward and just kept working forward, pressuring forward.”
Once she got the upper hand over her opponent, Glacier Peak coach Bryan Mossburg expected Hubby to pin Gonzalez-Nunez.
“I figured she had a lot of time left on the clock and she was adjusting well,” Mossburg said. “I figured it was a matter of time. She knows how to finish.”
At last year’s state tournament, Hubby finished third in the 140 division.
“I’ve improved so much,” Hubby said. “I’ve learned a lot. I’m still improving til right now. I’m ready for the postseason, for club and freestyle and I’m really excited.”
After a first round bye, Hubby pinned Eastmont’s Flora Morrow at 1:41 in a quarterfinal match Friday, Feb. 16. That victory sent Hubby into her toughest match of the tournament, a semifinal clash with Union junior Annabelle Helm.
They were tied at 0 through the first two rounds before Hubby scored 1 point on an escape late in the third round to pull out the victory.
“I haven’t wrestled somebody like her before,” Hubby said. “She battled the whole time and made me work for it. I really appreciated that.”
Hubby put herself in a good position for the escape and the 1 point she had to have to pull out the victory, Mossburg said.
“That girl is a tough opponent,” he said. “(Hubby) was confidant and where she needed to be to get her point. She did what she had to do. She was in a good position on her feet. She attacked well. She wasn’t able to finish with a takedown, but she was pretty much in control of the match.”
Helm went on to take third place.
Mossburg isn’t surprised by Hubby’s success. She’s just a hard worker, the Glacier Peak coach said.
“She had a pretty specific goal this weekend,” Mossburg added. “She wanted to put her best self on the mat and she made that commitment to herself and to her teammates and her family and she proved it out there. That was really great to see.”
TWO GRIZZLIES TAKE EIGHTH PLACE: Glacier Peak junior Parker Hardy took home an eighth-place medal in the 120-pound division at the 4A state boys wrestling tournament Saturday, Feb. 17, in the Tacoma Dome. Hardy lost by fall to Mead’s Justin Mason in the seventh/eighth place match. Teammate Josh Erling bounced back from a first round loss to also finish eighth in the 195 division. The Glacier Peak senior lost by fall in his final match.