Kearney sophomore finishes first at inaugural Nebraska Girls State Wrestling Tournament

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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Kearney sophomore, Flavia Nagatani came in first at 106 in the first ever Nebraska Girls Wrestling Tournament in York last Saturday, Feb. 1. Born in Hawaii, Nagatani moved to Nebraska over a year ago and said wrestling was an outlet where she could feel like herself.

"The culture around wrestling is a lot more intense and it's very inviting," Nagatani said.

Not one to talk about herself, she did not having many words with talking about what it meant to her to win on Saturday.

"I really didn't think anything of it. I was just happy I won and wrestled good. It was a pretty nice tournament," Nagatani said.

Head wrestling coach, Ty Swarm was not so brief when talking about what her win meant to him.

"When someone is a really good person, a super hard worker and that person you have a ton of respect has success because of their hard work it means the world to the people around them and that's Flavia and that's what she did this weekend," Swarm said.

The tournament fell one vote shy of being an NSAA sanctioned event so the tournament was hosted by the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association.