Hildebrandts, Woods shine at major wrestling events

A 2011 Penn High School graduate and two current Penn students competed in a national wrestling competition in Fargo, N.D. recently.

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 3:44 p.m.

FARGO, N.D. — Two current and one former Penn High School wrestler fared well in recent high-profile mat events in Fargo.

Sarah Hildebrandt qualified for the U.S. senior national team while Drew Hildebrandt (Sarah's brother) as well as Kobe Woods became the first Kingsmen to earned All-American status at the freestyle nationals.

A 2011 Penn graduate and King University senior-to-be, Sarah Hildebrandt won her weight division (55 kg/121 pounds) in the World Team Challenge Tournament then lost in a best 2-of-3 matches against U.S. Open champion and current world silver medalist Helen Maroulis for the No. 1 spot on the squad in the World Team Trials.

The top three make the national team (Hildebrandt is second runner-up). Senior national team members are paid positions (12 months) and offer opportunities to compete all over the world.

Later this year, Hildebrandt and company will travel to Italy and then on to Uzbekistan for the World Championships.

Both 106-pound junior division competitor Drew Hildebrandt and 195-pound cadet division wrestler Woods placed second in the largest high school wrestling tournament in the world (48 states were represented this year).

On the way to the nationals, Hildebrandt and Woods won state titles (Indiana State Wrestling Association).

At nationals, they helped Indiana placed fifth in the cadet division with four finalists and three champions and 14th in the junior division with one finalist and three placers. East Noble's Garrett Pepple came in eighth, earning All-American status.

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