By Chris Galloway
Sabrina “Abri” See, 8, wrestled her way to the top step of the podium at the Pennsylvania Keystone State Championships on Saturday, April 3.
A two-time state qualifier, See had her run at a medal last year cut short due to COVID-19 shutting the tournament down three days before it was to be held.
It has been a long-awaited year as she was expected to do well at the state tournament last year. See started wrestling four years ago with the North East Little Wrestlers program for two years and has spent the last two seasons with the Ragin Raisins Wrestling club. She has also put in practice time with the Rambler Wrestling Club.
She wrestled in the 8u 77 pound bracket.
Her semifinal match was against Bennett Bishop from Hickory. See got out to a 9-2 lead after the first period, Bishop started a comeback only being down 12-6 at the end of the second when See chose bottom, she got a quick reversal and pinned her opponent to punch her ticket to the championship match. There she faced Peyton Segata from Council Rock.
With coach/uncle Rory Houser in her corner, See was not to be denied her first state championship.
She came out and wrestled a very physical match with a very worthy opponent; at the end See was victorious with a 9-2 decision and claimed her first state championship.
After the podium presentations and pictures with family, coaches and teammates, the See family made the two-hour trip back home to be greeted by the North East Fire Departments for an escort into town. Friends, family and community members gathered to greet the newly crowned state champion with flowers, balloons and signs.
Principal of the Earl C. Davis School, Dr. Jenny Ritter, made her accomplishment even more memorable by having posters printed and put up at the school for all of See’s peers to see. See followed up with an interview that the rest of the school saw on a Zoom chat and an ice cream party for her class.
“This was the best day ever,” she told her mom when she got home from school.