Hutchison denied three-peat (Wrestling)
Soldotna’s Michaela Hutchison narrowly came up short in her bid for three consecutive national championships after losing in Saturday night’s finals at the Women’s College Wrestling Association Championships in Atherton, Calif.
The All-American 121-pounder representing NAIA power Oklahoma City University dropped a hard-fought, heart-breaking three-round loss to young upstart Helen Maroulis of Simon Fraser 7-1, 1-2, 2-1.
Just a freshman, Maroulis is already one of the giants of women’s wrestling. She won the 2009 U.S. Nationals and was a member of the 2008 U.S. World Team, just weeks after her 17th birthday.
And then you have Hutchison, a junior and two-time WCWA national champion. She made history as a Skyview High sophomore when she became the first girl to win a high school state title against boys.
The championship match was a clash of the titans.
Maroulis came out smoking and won the first period 7-1. To force a deciding third period, Hutchison had to win the second round. She did so in thrilling fashion with a 2-1 win.
In the final period, Hutchison scored a pivotal one-point takedown with just 38 seconds left. But Maroulis countered with two one-point takedowns to secure her first title and deny the Alaskan her third.
Hutchison started the day with two consecutive pins before settling for a 7-0, 3-1 win over Shauna Isbell of Lindenwood in the semifinals.
Hutchison did help OCU win its third straight national title and claim the Academic Award with a 3.1 team GPA.