Kimber wins college national title, qualifies for Olympic Trials

March 7, 2021

Sydnee Kimber

Sitka’s Sydnee Kimber was so dominant at the National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Championships that nobody scored a point off her in four matches.

The All-American junior at McKendree University won the 191-pound championship after pinning each of her four opponents in the first round, including a 61-second fall in the championship match over Tavi Heidelberg-Tollson of King University.

Kimber finished the season 17-0 and earned the tournament’s award for most falls in the least accumulated time (3 minutes, 24 seconds).

She also became the first Alaska woman to win back-to-back national titles since Soldotna’s Michaela Hutchison did it in 2009, 2010 and 2011 for Oklahoma City University.

Kimber, of Mt. Edgecumbe High fame, is now 54-4 in her college career.

She posted a 49-second pin in the first round and a 19-second pin in the second round before picking up another victory by fall at 1:15 to get into the finals.

Kimber was one of six McKendree wrestlers to win a national title as the Bearcats collected a second consecutive team championship.

The NCWWC tournament also served as a qualifier for the Olympic Trials and each individual champion punched their tickets.

Kimber is the second Alaska wrestler so far to advance to next month’s Olympic Trails, joining Spencer Woods of Shungnak.