ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- Senior Noran Elmahroukey of New Providence won the 121-pound state title this weekend in the first NJSIAA state girls wrestling championships held at Boardwalk Hall.
The was the first year that Elmahroukey, a world class performer in judo, has ever wrestled. She pinned Kalli Roskos of Delran in the final round to win the championship.
"Noran and I both talked about this and set this as our mission, for her and the program," New Providence girls wrestling coach Shane Mallory said about the dream of a state title. "There were bumps along the way. She got pinned in her second tournament of the season and then lost again at the North regional qualifier. Those losses were blessings in disguise, because it got us to watch tape, refocus, and work on some technical things we needed for this weekend. "
In the quarterfinals, Elmahroukey pinned Jessica Rivera of Lakewood in 1:06. She followed that with a pin of Courtney Hoff of Warren Hills in 2:24. Noran needed just 1:33 to defeat Roskos for the championship.
"The biggest adjustment from the regions two weeks ago to now was (Noran) really put faith into listening to the coaching staff," Mallory said. "She stayed patient and attacked her position she when they presented themselves. The credit goes all to her and her trust in faith in my words and the coaching staff as a whole during this weekend."
"I never thought I would ever do wrestling or even participate in a school sport," Elmahroukey said before the championship season began. "The teammates get closer to family every day and the coaches are amazing. Practices are always hard, and getting me into better shape, which is also great for judo."
Speaking of judo, Elmahroukey has championship aspirations in that sport, too.
"I plan on pursuing my judo career and bringing a gold medal for the U.S. in the Paris 2024 Olympics and the 2028 Olympics," she said last month. "It’s been my ultimate dream since the age of 6, and what drives me to become the best version of myself on and off the mat."