Wrestling: Maumelle’s Juhl, Smith claim state titles

Left to right Maumelle coach J.D. Beene, Jonathan Juhl, Maumelle senior wrestler Nathan Juhl and Maumelle coach Tyrique Jackson

Nathan Juhl, a senior wrestler of Maumelle High School, took home the 5A State Wrestling Championship in the 285-pound weight class at the state tournament last week.

Juhl, as a freshman, went from a 3-30 record to a perfect 13-0 as a senior. Juhl is the son of Johnathan and Lavone Juhl of Maumelle and has signed to play football for the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He was named to the 5A All-Conference his senior season. 

Ember Smith became the first wrestler to win back-to-back titles with a win in the girls 108-pound weight class. She is the daughter of Carl and Rebecca Smith and will attend the United States Air Force Academy. 

Maumelle High senior Layla Timmons finished sixth in the 124-pound weight class and sophomore Cody Loveless also participated for the boys. Layla is the daughter of William and Tina Timmons of Maumelle (Tina is the City Clerk/Treasurer for the City of Maumelle). 

Belinda Davis and Tim Loveless are Cody’s parents.

The coaches for the team are Tyrique Jackson and J.D. Beene, a volunteer coach. The tournament was held at UALR’s Jack Stephens Center after having been delayed two weeks because of wintry weather in February.

Maumelle’s Layla Timmons battling it out in the 124-pound weight class

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