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It’s another wrestling weekend in Bethel. Teams from across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and the Aleutians are coming to Bethel for the Great Alaska Conference Wrestling Championships. 

Natalie Hanson sticks out her tongue after setting a world record in the women's powerlifting squat at 603 pounds in the 185 pound weight class.
International Powerlifting Federation - IPF

Powerlifter Natalie Hanson has broken a world record. Friday morning, the former Bethel resident squatted 603 pounds in the women’s 185 pound weight class at the World Open Powerlifting Championship in the Czech Republic. The record is more than three times Hanson’s body weight.

Wrestling tournament this Friday and Saturday at Gladys Jung Elementary.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Update November 16, 2017:


The Gladys Jung Elementary School Wresting Tournament  has been postponed until the end of the month due to weather conditions. Wrestlers will now compete November 30 through December 2. 


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Johanna Eurich / KYUK

Natalie Hanson, a former Bethel resident, is in Europe to compete in the World Powerlifting Championships, which start Friday. Hanson is an Olympic level athlete who got her Powerlifting start in in a tiny gym in South Anchorage called “Southside Strength and Fitness.” That’s where she was working out last week, just days before  flying off to Pilsen, in the Czech Republic, to compete against the top athletes in the world.

Local Stars Shine In Bethel Wrestling Invitational

Nov 13, 2017

There was tough competition on the wrestling mats at the Bethel Invitational Tournament this weekend. The team from Lathrop High took the championship with 284 team points. South Anchorage High School came in second with 259 points, and Bethel was third with 178 points. 

Dean Swope / KYUK

The mat is where it’s at this weekend, and Bethel could see some of the best matches in the country as the three-day Bethel Wrestling Invitational begins Thursday. Around 300 wrestlers from across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and beyond are competing at the Bethel Regional High School gym.

He says that his cast throws off his balance but increases his momentum.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

Only half the teams were able to make the trip due to the weather, but Bethel’s Native Youth Olympic Invitational went on as scheduled. Kasigluk’s Akiuk Memorial School, Goodnews Bay, and Oscarville made it through the low clouds and fog to compete in traditional sports at Bethel’s Gladys Jung Elementary School.


Teana Pavilla of Kasigluk's Akiuk Memorial School took second place in the Junior High School Girls One-Arm Reach, smacking a ball suspended 36 inches from the ground with one hand while balancing her body on the other hand.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

It was a smaller competition than expected, but the ambition and sweat of athletes still filled a Bethel gym this weekend at the Native Youth Olympics Invitational.

Darren Lieb / KYUK

This weekend, the Bethel Warrior Boys came home with the wrestling championship from the Anchorage Christian Schools Tournament after holding off a tough Homer Mariners team to do so. The difference between first and second place was only 14.5 points.

The Bethel Girls team wrestled their way to fourth place in the team standings.

Isaiah Charles from Newtok competes in the one-foot high kick.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

Native Youth Olympics is the sport to watch this weekend. On Friday and Saturday, two NYO Invitationals are happening in the Lower Kuskokwim School District. One in Bethel at Gladys Jung Elementary, the other in Mekoryuk at the Nuniwarmiut School.