Wrestling: Cull-Host defends her title at women’s state tournament

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By The Staff

Jodi Cull-Host defended her state title at the New Mexico Women’s Scholastic Wrestling Championship Sunday.

Cull-Host, a sophomore at Los Alamos High School, won the 103-pound bracket at the 11th annual tournament, which is traditionally held the day after the conclusion of the state high school wrestling championship tournament.

In all, 29 wrestlers from 12 New Mexico high schools took part in the tournament.

Cull-Host pinned her first three competitors in the 103-pound bracket — Nicole Sanchez of Rio Grande, Danielle Reeves of West Mesa and Ashley Madrid of Albuquerque — to reach the finals. Cull-Host defeated Reeves in the final of the 2009 state tournament.

In the championship bout, Cull-Host faced off against Brandy Garvenez of Miyamura. Garvenez had a good run at the state prep tournament earlier in the weekend, winning a pair of bouts and went into the final having also pinned all of her previous competitors, but Cull-Host would prevail in the final, taking a 3-2 decision and her second-straight state women’s title.

Cull-Host’s coach and mom, Theresa Cull, said the support Cull-Host received from Los Alamos’ other wrestlers, who stayed an extra day in the Albuquerque area to cheer her on in the women’s tournament, made a big difference. Her teammates pained “GO JODI” on their bodies and ran around waving their shirts in the air during the tournament.