Anchorage wrestler Manny Novelli was named Alaska Athlete of the Week after achieving a spectacular double at the USA Wrestling Kids Nationals in Farmington, Utah on June 26th and 27th.

Novelli was named  National Champion in both wrestling styles (freestyle and greco) a rare if not unprecedented achievement for an Alaskan.

A member of the Avalanche Wrestling Club, Novelli competes in the 12U 78-pound weight class.

He among a large group of Alaskans to compete at USA Wrestling Kids Nationals and earn podium spots.

Kanin Kumfer also earned a freestyle National Championship. Mick Dobbs and Makai Garo joined Novelli as greco National Champions.

Earlier this spring Novelli also earned a championship at the USA Wrestling- US Open in Las Vegas, Nevada. He currently owns an 89-3 record against statewide and national competition.

The Alaska Athlete of the Week is selected by a panel each Monday.

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