Rey Perez places third in state

Uvalde High School’s Reynaldo Perez finished third in state wrestling competition last weekend at Cypress.

Perez, a UHS junior, won by fall over Cedar Park senior Justin Garza in the match for third place in the Class 5A Boys’ 120-pound weight class.

Garza came into the state tourney as the Region IV champion, while Perez placed third in regional competition.

Perez defeated McKinney North senior Riley Thompson by major decision, 8-0, in his first match of the state tournament.

In his second match, Perez lost to eventual state runner-up Andrew Mendoza, a Canyon Randall junior, by fall.

Perez battled back through the consolation bracket to win three matches on the way to a berth against Garza in the third-place match.

He bested Ethan Jean of Northwest by fall, topped Jaymez Ramon of Corpus Christi Moody by major decision 13-5, and won over Chris Tavarez of El Paso Eastwood by a 4-3 decision.

“Rey had a great weekend. He showed a lot of grit and mental toughness to battle for his third-place finish,” said Uvalde High School head wrestling coach Nick Hernandez.

“It is hard for fans to understand competition at the state level and what an accomplishment it is to make the winner’s podium as one of the top wrestlers in the state,” said Hernandez. “I am extremely proud of Rey and his growth as a wrestler and as a competitor.”

Perez was UHS’s only wrestler to place in the state tourney, but four other Uvaldeans competed in the tournament.

Dominique Quiroz won one match and lost two matches in Boys’ 138-pound division competition.

Quiroz, who finished second in the regional meet, lost his opening-round state match against Pflugerville sophomore Jacob Moreno, who won by fall at the 4:24 mark of the match.

In the consolation bracket, Quiroz, a UHS sophomore, defeated senior Jakob Pitra of Frisco by fall just 31 seconds into the match.

Quiroz then lost to junior Steven Rodriguez of Canyon Randall by a 5-4 decision.

Leander Glenn sophomore Bryce McLaren, who beat Quiroz in the Region IV championship match, lost both of his state tourney matches.

UHS sophomore Arlin Padilla lost both of his Boys’ 106-pound weight class state matches.

Padilla lost to Region II champion sophomore Josh Weatherall of The Colony by major decision, 9-0, in his first match.

In his second state match, Padilla suffered a major decision, 10-1, loss to Burleson Centennial junior Wesley Coleman.

UHS sophomore Karyssa Davila lost her two state Girls’ 102-pound division matches.

In the opening round, Davila lost by fall to eventual state champion, Lucas Lovejoy sophomore Avery Ashley.

By a 7-6 decision, Ashley won the state title match as she defeated Kylie Robledo of El Paso Hanks.

Davila lost a 7-3 decision to Dallas Samuel senior Dereqa Clarks in a second-round match.

Nathalia Quiroz, a UHS freshman, lost her two state tournament matches.

Quiroz drew the eventual state champion, El Paso Eastlake senior Kylie Hernandez, in the first round.

Hernandez, who beat Amarillo Palo Duro junior Audalie Cruz by a 4-2 decision in the stage championship match, won by fall over Quiroz.

Lancaster senior Shanmya Lewis beat Quiroz by fall in the second round.

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