North Platte High wrestlers Suubi Alexander and Jade Stockton qualified for the state meet by finishing in the top four at districts on Friday in Broken Bow.

NPHS finished eighth out of 15 teams in the A-4 district with 37 points. Grand Island was first with 209 1/2 and Omaha North was runner-up with less than half the Islanders’ points with 104.

Alexander (38-8) qualified by finishing in third place in the 130 pound weight class. She lost, 3-0, in the semifinals to eventual district champion Bella Arants of Grand Island. But Alexander punched her ticket to Omaha with a 9-2 win over Jen Banister of Gordon-Rushville in her next match. She followed with another victory, pinning Kyler Zimmerman of Conestoga at the end of the second period to pick up the bronze medal.

Alexander, a junior, is the first repeat state qualifier in school history. Last year, she was one of three members of the inaugural Lady Bulldog wrestling team to qualify along with Zarah Blaesi and Jaycee Hampton. Blaesi graduated and Hampton, a sophomore, had her season cut short due to injury.

Stockton (21-21), also a junior, qualified with her fourth place finish at 110 pounds. She was pinned in the semifinal by eventual district champion Jolyn Pozehl of Ainsworth. She pinned Jalie Barnhill of Ogallala in the second period to qualify for state and in her last match, she was pinned by Morgan Amateis of Bridgeport.

The Nebraska State Girls’ Wrestling Meet will begin on Feb. 15.

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