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Another win in the books for All Star Athlete Hailey Broderick

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Hailey Broderick, All Star wrestling match
Hailey Broderick wrestling opponent Nina Hiller

Could you Imagine being an All Star athlete; getting opportunities to go against some of the best athletes within Utah for your sport? Well, Senior Hailey Broderick has gotten that opportunity not just once, but twice in her high school career. She is a two time state champion with many wins under her belt. Her current season record boasts 22 wins and 6 losses. 

“It’s a huge honor to be invited to this event!” said Senior Hailey, second time attendee. 

The tournament is held at UVU and is a fundraiser for their wrestling program. The people in charge of the event select the top wrestler from 1A/2A, 3A/4A, and 5A/6A high schools across Utah. You can also be invited via wildcard, randomly chosen from your weight class. Hailey was chosen as the top wrestler of 3A/4A.

 Hailey Broderick explains that her experience last year attending was amazing and cool. “My experience last year was amazing just getting to be around the best of the best and watching high level wrestling was super cool!”

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Hailey had high hopes for this year’s All Star match, she explains that her hopes are “To do my best and enjoy the experience! I want to show everyone what I’ve been working on and hopefully that will result in a big fat dub!”

The match went just the way Hailey intended, she pinned her opponent Nina Hiller in the second period. The total time of the match was 3:47, leaving Broderick with 18 pins, 23 wins, and another “big fat dub”! 

Hailey Broderick is not only a good wrestler, but a kind and helpful teammate that younger wrestlers look up to. “I look up to Hailey because she is so nice and is always helping someone. When you wrestle someone like Hailey who is really good it makes you better because it is more of a fight. I love wrestling Hailey and I am so thankful she is in my weight class so I can wrestle her.” said Teammate, Sophomore Lindee Ussing. 

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