Wrestling: Cull-Host takes girls state title

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By The Staff

Jodi Cull-Host won the 103-pound weight class at the New Mexico Girls State Tournament Sunday.

Cull-Host, who just completed her freshman season with the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team, knocked off three other competitors to take the 103-pound title. The tournament was held in Albuquerque.

“She was wrestling some tough girls,” coach Eric Sorenson said of Cull-Host. “It was a very solid day for her. She was never in any trouble and she handled all three of them.”

In the first round, Cull-Host drew Marissa Armendariz of Gallup and scored a pin in the third period to advance.

In the 103-pound semifinals, Cull-Host ran into District 2AAAA rival Cristal Oritz, whom Cull-Host had beaten twice during the regular season.

Again, Cull-Host was able to knock off Ortiz, who has a sizeable advantage in upper body strength. Cull-Host scored a third period pin against her as well to get into the final round.

In the championship, Cull-Host defeated Danielle Reaves of West Mesa, 5-2, to earn the state girls title.

Sorenson said Cull-Host’s draw was no picnic, but she rose above the tough competition.

“There were no slouches,” he said. “There was some very good technical wrestling, but Jodi dominated them and came out victorious.”

The tournament came just one day after the conclusion of the Class AAAA state tournament, which Cull-Host qualified for with her third-place finish at the District 2AAAA tournament, which took place a week earlier.

Cull-Host is making plans to compete in next month’s United State Girls Wrestling Association national meet.