It's been ten years since head wrestling coach Kassie Archambault created, organized, and hosted the first annual female wrestling tournament at Phillips Academy. While the pandemic saw the tournament canceled in 2021, the exponential growth of the competition has been striking. This year, 103 wrestlers from 30 different schools participated in the 9th Annual Phillips Academy Girls Wrestling tournament. Archambault reflected on the competition's growth,
"It’s been amazing to look back on the growth of this tournament. When we started in 2014 we had 9 entries, 4 of whom were PA wrestlers. In 2017, when we opened the tournament to public schools and added a guest clinician, we rose to 29 wrestlers. Now 6 years later, we had over 100 wrestlers from 30 different schools. This is such an important event- for many, it’s their first opportunity to wrestle against other girls. For some, they are the only girls on their team, and it’s the first time they see how large (and welcoming) the female wrestling community really is. Wrestlers leave the event having made new friends on top of participating in great competition. We could not host this event without the support of our Athletic Department and the entire Andover Wrestling team (coaches and wrestlers who help run the tables). It’s a labor of love."
Prior to the competition, as has become a fixture of the tournament, the wrestlers participated in a skills clinic. This year's guest was seven-time National Team Member, two-time College National Champion, World University Champion, and two-time Olympic team alternate, Katherine Shai.
The tournament field had fourteen blocked weights, eleven of which were eight-person brackets, and three of which were round-robin brackets of five. For the eight-person brackets, double elimination was used and wrestling went through 4th place.
Phillips Academy took the team title with twenty-seven points; Silver Lake came in 2nd place with eleven team points. Sara McLaughlin of Scituate High School was the 116 lb champion and earned "Outstanding Wrestler" of the day honors.
105: 1. Jailyn Edwards, Josiah Quincy HS, 2.Maddie Morse, St. Paul’s, 3. Gracia Galicia, Marvelwood, 4. Claire Yoon, Middlesex
108.9: 1. Daniel Gasso, Portsmouth Abbey, 2.Hailey Lewis, Silver Lake, 3. Molly Moroney, Burlington, 4. Margaret Tsien, Phillips Academy
113: 1. Sydney Diauto, Silver Lake, 2.Sakina Cotton, Phillips Academy, 3. Abigail Muller, Leominster, 4. Thu Hoang, Marianapolis
116.4: 1. Sara McLaughlin, Scituate, 2.Rowan McIntosh, NMH, 3. Sachi Mehra, Choate, 4. Kassie Schaeberle, Middlesex
121.1: 1. Madeline Li, Andover HS, 2. Maya Douge, Middlesex, 3. Brooke Lightfoot, Tewksbury, 4. Julia Carmona, Phillips Academy
124.9: 1. Hannah Bryson, Wilmington, 2. Lilly Gessner, Lawrenceville, 3. Tasha Bohorad, Phillips Academy, 4. Luke Christodoulou, Phillips Academy
128.1: 1. Natalia Accorsi, Tabor, 2.Eva Murphy, Phillips Academy, 3. Olivia Delegas, Greater Lawrence, 4. Anjue Liang, Boston Latin
133.4: 1. Linh Ho, Boston Latin, 2.Waverly Compagnone, Portsmouth Abbey, 3. Fiona Fittante, Middlesex, 4. Maddei Joyce, Marianapolis
139.6: 1. Elsa Holmes & Leanne La, Choate, 3. Charlotte Lokere, Lawrence Academy, 4. Avery Colgate, Governor’s
145.3: 1. Lily Fitzpatrick, St. Paul’s, 2. Ivy Michaud, Masconomet, 3. Tess Clabaugh, Boston Latin, 4. Bella Shmuylovich, Phillips Academy
151.4: 1. Xavia Banigan, Governor’s, 2. Reagan Ramadan, West Nottingham (MD), 3. Meghan Wiebe, Sharon, 4. Merrit Coward, Portsmouth Abbey
164.8: 1. Daniela Nugent Phillips Academy, 2. Kiia Huovinen, West Nottingham (MD), 3. Karla Lazaro, NMH, 4. Olivia Maddams, Chapel Hill
180.3: 1. Tayla Tildsley, Phillips Academy, 2. Lindsay Laws, Silver Lake, 3. Niyala Curley, NMH, 4. Marisol Almanzar, Greater Lawrence
HWT: 1. Samantha Rabkin, Sharon, 2. Eleanor DeHoog, Phillips Academy, 3 (tie): Destiny Covington, Phillips Academy, Dylan Hoyes-Gwebenyo, Marvelwood, Leticia Nhaule, Phillips Academy
TEAM SCORES (5-3-2-1):
1. Phillips Academy 27, 2. Silver Lake 11, 3. Choate 10, 4. Portsmouth Abbey 8, T5. Boston Latin, NMH, Middlesex with 7pt (26 teams scored points)
Outstanding Wrestler: Sara McLaughlin, Scituate, 116.4