Glacier Peak’s Hubby ready for the postseason | Wrestling

Grizzly standout takes aim at a state wrestling title
By David Pan | Feb 02, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Glacier Peak’s Kiley Hubby faces Yelm’s Dasha Burnett in the 155-pound finals at the Lady Knights Invitational Saturday, Jan. 27, at Kamiak High School. Hubby won by a pin.

Glacier Peak’s Kiley Hubby is getting pumped for the postseason.

In a tune-up before this weekend’s Sub Regional wrestling meet, Hubby recorded three pins en route to a first place finish in the 155-pound division at the inaugural Lady Knights Invitational Saturday, Jan. 27, at Kamiak High School.

Hubby, who finished third at 140 at last year’s state girls tournament, pinned Yelm’s Dasha Burnett in 1 minute 19 seconds in the finals. Hubby had a first round bye and then pinned her next two opponents – Lynden Kamden Crass in 1:24 and Mount Vernon’s Alexandra Gonchar in 1:34.

“I had my technique I was working on,” Hubby said. “It was not as sloppy as it has been the past few weeks.”

Hubby has lost only two matches this season – both to Wilson’s Kathleen Flanagan. The Glacier Peak standout has won a pair of close decisions over defending 155-pound state champion Ally de la Cruz of Kamiak.

The first was a 1-0 decision on an escape and Hubby edged de la Cruz 4-2 in the rematch.

“I’m just really excited about districts and regionals and everything coming up,” Hubby said. “It’s going pretty well. I’ve been working pretty hard. I’ve focused a lot this season on just keeping my technique and working really hard outside of practice and just getting all the drilling and the strength I need.”

Hubby decided to stop playing with her select softball team in order to focus on wrestling.

Grizzlies coach Bryan Mossburg isn’t surprised by Hubby’s success.

“She’s one of the hardest workers in the room,” he said. “It pays off for her. That’s one of her skill sets. … She knows how to keep grinding and working through things. She’s very driven.

“We’re just trying to do whatever we can to support her. She does everything she needs to do.”

Hubby has set her sights on moving up the podium.

“My goal is to win state,” she said. “I’ve been working really hard for that, just trying to stay with that goal.”

Hubby will have some company in the postseason for the first time. In large part to her efforts, Glacier Peak has five other girl wrestlers in the postseason, who will be competing with Hubby. The Grizzlies squad had about 15 at the start of the season.

“I talked to a lot of people and got one girl to come out,” Hubby said. “She went and talked to everybody. … It’s fun building good relationships. Having some good teammates to be there with me. Tournaments are more fun. I get to watch and help out with the other girls.”

GLACIER PEAK STATE RETURNERS: The Glacier Peak boys wrestling team has three state returners. The top finisher is junior Parker Hardy, who placed fourth at 113 in the 4A tournament. Hardy moved up to 120 this season. Also back is Tim Mandzyuk at 145 and Josh Erling, who is moving up from 182 to 195. “The guys are working hard,” Glacier Peak coach Bryan Mossburg said.

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