Last Friday was a huge day for the Uvalde High School wrestling team.
The Coyotes captured the District 14-5A wrestling championship and the Lobos claimed district runner-up honors in district action staged in Harvey Kinchlow Gym.
To top that, all 14 members of the team qualified for this weekend’s regional wrestling meet at Austin.
UHS head wrestling coach Nicholas Hernandez praised the performance of his team.
“I am proud of what these young athletes have accomplished individually and as a team,” said Hernandez. “Our boys won the first district title and the girls won the first runner-up title in school history. I think this shows the commitment our athletes have to excelling in this sport.”
Five UHS wrestlers won top district individual honors.
Perennial state qualifier Adelyhda “La La” Perez placed first in the girls’ 138-pound weight class.
Perez was selected as the Most Valuable Wrestler in the competition.
Andrew Thompson finished first in the boys’ 152-pound class.
Reynaldo Perez claimed first place in the boys’ 120-pound weight class.
Dominique Quiroz won first-place in the boys’ 132-pound weight class.
Bobby Gomez took first-place honors in the 145-pound weight class.
UHS wrestlers finished second in seven different weight classes.
Karyssa Davila placed second in the girls’ 102-pound weight class, while Abigail Ligocky claimed the runner-up spot in the girls’ 148-pound weight class.
Sammy Lara finished second in the boys’ 285-pound weight class.
Julius Luna won second place in the boys’ 182-pound weight class.
George Willemin captured runner-up honors in the boys’ 170-pound weight class.
Jesse Robles gained a second-place finish in the boys’ 138-pound weight class.
Arlin Padilla placed second in the boys’ 106-pound weight classification.
Charles Causey finished third in the boys’ 126-pound weight class, while Isaiah Castillo finished fourth in the 195-pound weight class.
The regional competition will be conducted tomorrow and Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m., in Austin’s Delco Activity Center.
“Our team is made up of a strong core of athletes who believe in our program and understand the hard work necessary to be successful,” said Coach Hernandez. “We hope to continue that success at the upcoming regional meet. Our challenge is to qualify some wrestlers for the state meet.”
Top-finishing wrestlers at the regional meet this weekend will earn a berth in the state wrestling meet scheduled for Feb. 22-23 at Cypress’ Berry Center.