Uvaldeans compete in state meet

Perez captures wrestling crown

One of the best matches in the final round of the Texas state high school wrestling tournament came in the Class 5A Girls’ 138-pound weight class.

Uvalde High School’s Adelyhda “Lala” Perez recorded a 2-0 decision victory over Frisco Liberty’s Ashley Cook last Saturday.

“It was a greatly executed match,” said Uvalde High School head wrestling coach Nick Hernandez. “It was the final match of the state tournament. We began with the 16 top wrestlers in the state. All the matches are tough. You can’t overlook anyone.”

This was the second year in a row for Perez and Cook to meet up in the state finals.

In 2018, Perez bested Cook in the championship match of the Class 5A Girls’ 148-pound weight division. Perez won that match by a 7-3 decision.

“I was not concerned that Lala would be facing the same person she wrestled in 2018. I’ve seen Lala’s preparation all year. She is the hardest worker in the room. She gives her all with every practice, every rep, and every technique,” said Hernandez. “She put 15 years of work into the sport and at such a young age, it speaks volumes to her dedication. She’s an amazing athlete and leader.”


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