Westwood Patriots’ Alana Nuorala state girls wrestling runner-up

Westwood wrestler Alana Nuorala, left, goes up against Negaunee’s John Schouten in a match she won with a pin during the Westwood Super Duals held in the Patriots’ gym in December. Nuorala was one of three area wrestlers participating at the inaugural Michigan High School Girls Wrestling Finals at Adrian College on Sunday. (Photo courtesy Sandy Maki)

ADRIAN — Westwood High School sophomore Alana Nuorala had the top showing of three area wrestlers who participated at the inaugural Michigan High School Girls Wrestling Finals on Sunday.

Taking part in the tournament at downstate Adrian College in Adrian, Nuorala won two matches to reach the championship round at 119 pounds.

After an opening-round bye, she decisioned Mariah Bradley of Paw Paw 9-3 then pinned Gabby Motz of Laingsburg in 47 seconds to make the finals.

Bradley went on to win the consolation side of the bracket and finish third.

In the finals, Nuorala was pinned by senior Brittney Wolgast of Onaway in 57 seconds for the title.

At 125, senior Shaylyn Eggleston of Marquette lost both of her matches. After a first-round bye, she was pinned by Emily Williams of Byron in 29 seconds, then lost a 15-0 decision to Sylvia Pierce of Temperance.

At 123, senior Catherine King of Manistique also lost her only two matches. After a first-round bye, she was pinned by Abigail Gonzales of Mayville at 1:12, then was pinned by Samantha Elder of Portland in 4:18.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.