Six Uvalde High School wrestlers have qualified for the state tournament.
The University Interscholastic League’s state wrestling tournament is scheduled for tomorrow and Saturday in the Berry Center at Cypress.
In UIL Region IV tournament competition at Austin’s Delco Activity Center last weekend, six Uvaldeans qualified for state.
Five UHS wrestlers earned a berth in the state tournament, while one UHS wrestler gained an alternate spot.
Dominique Quiroz won second place in the boys’ 138-pound weight division.
“Dom lost to a kid from Leader Glenn. The match was close and tough, and it went to overtime. It was just the other guy’s day,” said UHS head wrestling coach Nicholas Hernandez. “This weekend is a new tournament and a new opportunity. Hopefully, it will be Dom’s day if he faces the same wrestler.”
Reynaldo Perez claimed third place in the boys’ 120-pound weight division.
Arlin Padilla took fourth place in the boys’ 106-pound weight division.
In the girls’ competition, Nathalia Quiroz won fourth place in the 95-pound weight division, while Karyssa Davila finished fourth in the 102-pound weight division.
Jesse Robles finished as a state tourney alternate as he placed fifth in the boys’ 145-pound weight division.
“These kids have worked hard all year. To be among the last 16 wrestlers in the state in their respective weight class in a testament to their hard work and discipline throughout the season,” said Hernandez. “Everyone goes into the state tournament this weekend with a 0-0 slate. The best wrestlers on those days will be on the winner’s podium.”
Six other Uvaldeans participated in the regional tournament, but they did not qualify for state.
They included Bailey Chapa in the girls’ 110-pound weight division, Alexandria Nolasco in the girls’ 148-pound weight division, Joleo Hernandez in the boys’ 160-pound weight division, George Willemin in the boys’ 182-pound weight division, Isiah Castillo in the boys’ 195-pound weight division, and Jose Martinez in the boys’ 132-pound weight division.
“All of these kids work hard to get there and they presented Uvalde well,” said Coach Hernandez. “Our program at UHS is growing and I am excited about the future of our wrestling program.”