Sports

Chapter 11: Wrestling

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Wrestling

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) first started awarding state championships in wrestling during the 1998-1999 academic year (the first titles were awarded in 1999) although Texas athletes had participated in the sport for many years before that. Several El Paso high schools have had teams (both boys and girls) that have competed well at the state tournament but none have won a UIL championship. The previous statement was true until the Hanks High School girls’ wrestling team won the UIL Texas 4A State Girls’ Wrestling Championship on February 15, 2014. The Hanks girls’ team now becomes the first team from El Paso to win a UIL team state championship in the sport of wrestling. Prior to the impressive performance by the Hank High School girls, the Eastwood High School boys had come the closest to winning a state championship when the Troopers finished 2nd in the team rankings in 2000. The Hanks High School girls had also previously finished second twice before. The top schools in El Paso have been Hanks High School, Eastwood High School, Franklin High School, Chapin High School, Burges High School, Ysleta High School, Montwood High School, Del Valle High School, Jefferson High School, and Irvin High School. Athletes from El Paso have performed well, on a yearly basis, at the annual meet and many have brought home gold medals. This chapter will cover both boys and girls wrestling on a team basis, but primarily on an individual basis. I will give special recognition to wrestlers that have medaled at the state tournament. My resource for this chapter has been uiltexas.org unless otherwise noted.

  Notice that I said that no team before the Hanks girls of 2014 and 2015 had won a UIL team championship. The El Paso area had a proud wrestling heritage prior to the UIL becoming the sanctioning body in 1999. Burges High School won four THSCA (Texas High School Coaches Association) team titles in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. The Mustangs were also state runner-ups six times through 1993. Burges won titles in 1977, 1979, 1980, and 1982. The Mustangs were runner ups in 1975, 1976, 1978, 1981, 1991, and 1993. Jesse Almodovar, the current wrestling coach at Franklin High School, was a Burges wrestler from 1988-1991. He won an individual state championship in 1991 and was part of the ’91 Mustang team that finished second in the state. Burges was coached by legendary wrestling coach Rick Ortega for part of those years. Ortega left El Paso and became the head coach at St. Marks in Dallas, Texas. Ortega took that program to unparalleled heights and was ranked as the 3rd most successful wrestling coach in the United States when he retired in 2012. Yancey Natividad, a former student of mine at Bowie High School, sent me a wonderful website, epmatroom.com, that list all of the El Paso areas former champions and championship teams for the 1970’s until present. The site is run by Coach Almodovar. I will include the titles that I found at the end of this chapter. I am grateful for their assistance.

I will cover the history of the El Paso area high schools in depth in the next few pages but I believe that the impressive performance by Hanks High School deserves to be placed ahead of all other records.

2017 Wrestling Update

Hanks Girls Win fourth Straight 5A Title

The Hanks High School girls' team has become a dynasty in Texas UIL Girls' Wrestling as Coach Tony Carter's Lady Knights captured their 4th straight state championship. Hanks wasn't quite as dominant this year as they have been in the previous three championship seasons but they still easily beat out second place finisher Frisco Liberty. Gianna Morales of Hanks repeated as state champion at the 165 pound weight class. Shania Villalba, Cassidy Chacon, and Adrienne Holguin captured silver medals for Hanks. Tiffany Gandara of Parkland also captured a silver medal.

The final 5A standings for the girls were: 1st Place Hanks 121 points 2nd Place Frisco Liberty 85.5 points 3rd Place Canyon Randall 78 points. Other El Paso area high schools to finish in the top 50 places were Parkland 7th place, Bel Air and Del Valle tied for 30th place, El Paso High 34th place, Irvin 37th place, and Andress and Chapin tied for 44th place.

Here is a list of the 5A girls from the El Paso area that finished in the top 4 places in their respective weight divisions:
1st Place (Gold Medal Winners)
Gianna Morales  Hanks 165 pounds
2nd Place (Silver Medal Winners)
Tiffany Gandara Parkland 95 pounds, Shania Villalba Hanks 102 pounds, Cassidy Chacon Hanks 110 pounds. Adrienne Holguin Hanks 138 pounds
3rd Place none
4th Place Jennifer Limas Del Valle 110 pounds, Lizbeth Rivas EPHS 148 pounds, and Elvira Arevalo Parkland 215 pounds

5A Boys' Wrestling
The top El Paso area teams in 5A Boys' Wrestling were Bel Air 18th place, Eastlake 25th place, Hanks 34th place, Del Valle 40th place, and EPHS 44th place.
Christian Hernandez of Bel Air took the gold medal in the 145 pound weight division. Joshua Molinar won the silver medal at the 195 pound weight classification. The only other El Paso area wrestler that finished in the top 4 places was Breadan Camacho of EPHS who finished 4th in the 120 pound weight classification.

6A Girls' Wrestling
The top El Paso area teams in 6A Girls' Wrestling were El Dorado 4th place, Americas 15th place, Franklin 35th place, and Socorro 49th place.

Top individual performers were:
1st Place (Gold Medal)
Adrienne Garcia Americas 128 pounds
2nd Place (Silver Medal)
Shania Melendez El Dorado 95 pounds
Julia Mata El Dorado 128 pounds
Isabelle Casillas of El Dorado took 4th place at the 138 pound weight classification.

6A Boys' Wrestling
The top El Paso area teams in 6A Boys' Wrestling were Eastwood 3rd Place and Franklin 8th place.
There were several outstanding performances by the area 6A boys.
1st Place (Gold Medals)
Isaiah Delgado Eastwood 113 pounds
James McClain Green Franklin 120 pounds
Noah Vasquez Eastwood 182 pounds

There were no other top 4 finishers from the El Paso area in 6A wrestling.

2016 Wrestling Update

Hanks Girls Win 3rd Consecutive 5A Title

The Hanks High School girls' wrestling team is quickly becoming a dynasty in the state of Texas. Tony Carter's Lady Knights won their third consecutive 5A state championship by posting an impressive 175.5 points with 4 gold medals, 1 silver medal, and 1 fourth place finish. Gold medal winners from Hanks were Shania Villalba (102 pounds), Dasia Ornelas (110 pounds), Brianna Holcombe (138 pounds), and Gianna Morales (165 pounds). Adrienne Holguin took home the silver medal at 148 pounds while Rebekah Cordova just missed the medal ceremony by finishing 4th at the 119 pound weight classification.

Other silver medal winners for the 5A area schools included Nayeli Acosta from Jefferson (110 pounds) and Irvin's Charlene Hagemaster (128 pounds). Bronze medal or third place finishers included Tiffany Gandara of Parkland (102 pounds), Anette Orozco of Del Valle (119 pounds), and Gabriela Rodriguez of Austin (165 pounds).

El Paso area 5A schools dominated the girls' competition with six high schools finishing in the top 25 and another six schools finishing in the top 65 of the state rankings. Leading the way was Hanks with a first place finish and 175.5 points followed by Jefferson (9th place), Irvin (10th place), Del Valle and Parkland tied for 12th place, and Austin rounded out the top 25 with their 22nd place ranking. El Paso High, Riverside, and Andress all tied for 40th place, with Burges and Eastlake finishing tied for 61st place.

The girls from the 6A schools also had a good state tournament. Americas led the way with their 20th place finish. Franklin placed 41st, Coronado 42nd, Eldorado 57th, and Socorro 63rd. Adrienne Garcia of Americas won a silver medal.

2016 Boys' Wrestling
El Paso area boys' wrestling teams also did quite well at the state tournament. The 6A schools were paced by Eastwood with their overall 3rd place team finish and Franklin at 9th place. Gold medal winners from 6A schools were Isaiah Delgado Eastwood (106 pounds) and Ryan Chavez of Eastwood (126pounds). Silver medal winners were Noah Vasquez from Eastwood (152 pounds) and Daniel Castillo from El Dorado (195 pounds). Bronze medal winners were Christian Ordaz of Franklin (120 pounds) and  Ryan Medrano of Coronado (182 pounds).

The 5A schools also had a decent showing at the state tournament. Hanks High School led the way with their 8th place finish. Michael Sanchez of Hanks won a silver medal. Bronze medal winners included Christian Hernandez of Bel Air (145 pounds), Joshua Molinar from Eastlake (182 pounds), Raul Rodriguez of Riverside (195 pounds), and Marko Solis from Bowie (220 pounds). Joseph Galarza (Hanks) and Christian Ontiveros (Jefferson) just missed the medal ceremony with their strong 4th place finishes.

2014 Hanks High School Girls Win UIL Texas 4A Wrestling State Championship

February 15th, 2014 marked an important date in the history of El Paso sports. Hanks High School became the first school to win a team state championship in the sport of wrestling when the girls from Hanks won the 4A UIL Texas State Championship. The Lady Knights had also finished runner-up in the state on two previous occasions (2002 and 2005). Hanks scored 114.5 to outscore runner-up Amarillo Caprock’s 105 points. Hanks was led by the gold medal performances of Adrienne Holguin at the 148 pound weight classification and by Daniela Flores at the 128 pound weight classification. Briana Holcomb’s 3rd place finish at 138 pounds and Gisselle Escobedo’s 5th place performance at 95 pounds were equally important in winning the state title for Hanks. The Lady Knights entered the day’s competition in second place trailing Caprock by 11.5 points but picked up the all important points earned by Holcomb and Escobedo during the consolation matches. Those points set the stage for Holguin and Flores. Flores said,” It’s something that’s just awesome. I feel awesome right now and all the hard work paid off. I wrestled McDaniel (Janae McDaniel of Caprock) three times. I actually wrestled her at the regionals and I beat her, but anything could happen. I really went in there with my head up. I knew who I am and I won it.” Flores won the match by pinning McDaniel. Adrienne Holguin had pinned her opponent earlier in the competition and said after the final match,” It feels amazing. Just seeing the girls excel at everything they do. They work so hard at practice. To get this win, and tha417th)t trophy, we put all our effort into it. Giving 100 percent and seeing all our hard work paid off.” Coach Tony Carter (who is in his first year as Hank’s wrestling coach) stated, “Man, there are no words to describe it. These girls worked hard all year. They did a great job.” I will have more to say about Hanks when I do my recap of the performances of El Paso schools and El Paso athletes for 2014.      

2015 Hanks High School Girls Win Second Straight Wrestling Title

The girls from Hanks High School were determined to defend their state championship from last year and they did just that capturing the 2015 Class 5A State Girls Wrestling Championship. Hanks scored a total of 110 points to successfully defend their title. Daniela Flores and Adrienne Holguin led the way for the Lady Knights by winning gold medals for the second year in a row. Flores defeated Sabrina Albury of Brooks Academy by a score of 6-5 at the 128 pound weight classification while Holguin pinned Avery Simms of Dallas Kimball at the 148 pound weight classification. Rebekah Cordova and Shania Villalba won silver medals in their matches to help secure the title. Giselle Escobedo placed 4th in her weight division and Ana Colon placed fifth to round out the scoring for the Knights.

Two other girls from 5A El Paso schools won gold medals at the meet. Chantal Berry of Andress High School pinned Shania Villalba of Hanks at the 102 pound weight classification. Sandra Garcia of Jefferson High School defeated Emily Jennings of Bushland High School by a score of 4-2 to win the state title at the 185 pound weight classification.  Abigail Ramirez of 5A Chapin won her second straight silver medal advancing to the championship round before falling to Canyon Randall’s Madison Seales at the 110 pound weight classification.  

El Paso girls from 6A schools were not shut out in the medal ceremony. Europa Cabada of Coronado High School won a silver medal advancing to the championship round before being defeated by Luciana Schement of Plano East by a score of 6-0 at the 119 pound weight classification.

 

Boys Wrestling

2015:  Seventy-nine local area wrestlers traveled to Garland, Texas with dreams of winning medals over the two day period from February 20th to February 21st. Only 13 of the original 79 were left on Saturday morning. Eight of the 13 won state championships and the Hanks High School girls repeated as state champions. I have already written about the girls so the rest of this section is devoted to the boys.

Franklin High School had the best showing by any El Paso area boys’ team in Class 6A. Christian Ordaz defeated Zach Mortus of Seven Lakes to win the gold medal at the 113 pound weight classification. Cougar team-mate Alex Jimenez defeated David Willoughby of Cibola Steele 4-2 to win the state title at the 195 pound weight classification. Franklin wrestlers had a very good weekend and finished 3rd in state in the 6A classification. The two gold medals were the first championships for Franklin coach Jesse Almodovar and the first titles in 10 years for the school. El Dorado High School’s Jeremy Melendez won a gold medal by defeating Mujahid Ewell of Clear Creek 13-2 at the 132 pound weight classification. Melendez won a bronze medal in 2014.

Two wrestlers from 5A schools also medaled on Saturday. Andres O’Brien of Chapin High School won his second state championship when he defeated Andrew Bonham of Vista Ridge 17-5 at the 138 pound weight classification. Michael Sanchez of Hanks High School won a silver medal after being defeated by Randy Toledo of Dumas High 6-2 at the 126 pound weight classification.

2014: The boy’s teams from El Paso did not have a very good state meet in 2014 but there were several impressive performances most notably by Andres O’Brien of Chapin High School and Isaac Jimenez of Coronado High School. The best finishes in the 4A rankings were by Chapin (17th) and Hanks High School (23rd) while Franklin High School (6th), El Dorado High School (14th), and Coronado High School (19th) led the El Paso schools in 5A. O’Brien and Jimenez won gold medals, Bryan Filidor, of Franklin, brought home a silver medal, and Jacob Campa, of Hanks High School, Hugo Gutierrez, of Jefferson High School, Christian Ordaz, of Franklin High School, and Jeremy Melendez, of El Dorado High School, earned bronze medals.

Andres O’Brien: Wrestled for 4A Chapin High School at the 132 pound weight classification.

                             1st Round: Defeated Brandon Speir of Leander 10-0

                             2nd Round: Defeated Jordan Robinson of Liberty 8-5

                             3rd Round: Defeated Adam Wachnin of Vandergrift 10-6

                             4th Round: Defeated Colton Stowe of The Colony 8-4 (state championship)

Isaac Jimenez: Wrestled for 5A Coronado High School at the 120 pound weight classification.

                          1st Round: Defeated Johnny Vitello of Cy Woods by a fall (3:14)

                          2nd Round: Defeated Nick Barker of Dallas Jesuit 9-0

                          3rd Round: Defeated Skyler Franks of Woodlands 9-0

                          4th Round: Defeated Tanner Kuketz of Martin by a fall (3:04) (state championship)

Bryan Filidor: Wrestled for 5A Franklin at the 138 pound weight classification.

                         1st Round: Defeated Jason Cain of Katy 4-3

                         2nd Round: Fabian Mendez of CC King 8-7

                         3rd Round: Defeated Dylan Faucett of Kelller Central by a fall (1:57)

                         4th Round: Lost to Jose Taylor of Martin 7-3 (silver medal or 2nd place)

Jacob Campa: Wrestled for 4A Hanks High School at the 113 pound weight classification.

                         1st Round: Defeated Cassidy Collins of Bryan Nelson 9-7

                         2nd Round: Defeated Noah Martinez of Rouse by a fall (3:12)

                         3rd Round: Lost to Ramiro Martinez of Arlington Seguin 7-3

                         Consolation Matches:

                         Defeated Gabe Costa of Prosper 7-1

                         Defeated Javier Garcia of Lancaster by a fall (4:17) (bronze medal or 3rd place)

Hugo Gutierrez: Wrestled for 4A Jefferson High School at the 182 pound weight classification.

                              1st Round: Defeated Christian Lorenzoni of Highland Park 8-3

                              2nd Round: Lost to Julian Perez of Saginaw 10-6

                              Consolation Matches:

                              Defeated Derek Brandenburg of Georgetown 7-0

                              Defeated Noah Sims of Centennial by a fall (2:09)

                              Defeated Conner Shinners of Prospero 6-0

                              Defeated Jorge Meza of Palo Duro 2-1 (bronze medal or 3rd place)

Christian Ordaz: Wrestled for 5A Franklin High School at the 113 pound weight classification.

                               1st Round: Defeated Bataa Douglas of Flower Mound 4-2

                               2nd Round: Defeated Brett Clexton of Katy 2-1

                               3rd Round: Lost to Colton Williams of Hebron 3-0

                               Consolation Matches:

                               Defeated Patrick Tafoya of Cy Ranch 3-0

                               Defeated Austin Boles of Akins 8-2 (bronze medal or 3rd place)

Jeremy Melendez: Wrestled for 5A El Dorado High School at the 132 pound weight classification.

                                  1st Round: Defeated Raul Ortiz of McAllen Memorial by a fall (4:35)

                                 2nd Round:  Defeated Myles Hampton of Westside by a fall (5:25)

                                 3rd Round: Lost to Christian Martinez of Katy by a fall (2:45)

                                 Consolation Matches:

                                 Defeated Raul Ortiz of McAllen memorial by a fall (2:51)

                                 Defeated Andrew Hyde of Rockwall by a fall (2:01) (bronze medal or 3rd place)

Other top 6 finishers in their respective weight classifications were:

Dalton Styer of Chapin High School (6th) at the 4A 126 pound weight classification

Diego Juarez of Del Valle High School (5th) at the 4A 138 pound weight classification

Josue Ortiz of Bowie High School (6th) at the 4A 138 pound weight classification

Jonathan Sanchez of Montwood High (5th) School at the 5A 126 pound weight classification

Masashiro Ward of Franklin High School (5th) at the 5A 160 pound weight classification

Emilio Carreon of Franklin High School (6th) at the 5A 170 pound weight classification

 

2013: Franklin High School finished state runner up in the 5A ranks while Del Valle High School did the best of the El Paso 4A teams with a 12th place finish. Burges High School and Chapin High School placed in the top 30 teams in the state finishing 21st and 24th respectively. Several individuals had a very good tournament with Devin Vasquez of Eastwood and Juan Sillas of Burges winning gold medals. Lino Gomez of Chapin won a silver medal while Corey Myers of Chapin, Trevor Rios of El Dorado, and James Pleasant of Franklin took home bronze medals.

Devin Vasquez: Wrestled for 5A Eastwood High School at the 145 pound weight classification.

                           1st Round: Defeated David Jurado of San Benito by a pin at 2:00 minutes into the match

                           2nd Round: Defeated Dean Roudi of Plano West 15-5

                           3rd Round: Defeated A.J. Hinkle of Allen 7-1

                           4th Round: Defeated Scott Akers of Flower Mound Marcus 12-4 (state championship)

 

Juan Sillas: Wrestled for 4A Burges High School at the 138 pound weight classification.

                    1st Round: Defeated Dontrell Hullett of Humble by a pin 3:43 minutes into the match

                    2nd Round: Defeated Roman Rose of Frisco Centennial 20-3

                    3rd Round: Defeated Sean Roche of Frisco Wakeland 6-2

                    4th Round: Defeated Chris William-Bizor of Frisco 19-15 (state championship)

Lino Gomez: Wrestled for 4A Chapin High School at the 132 pound weight classification.

                       1st Round: Defeated Nate Pena of NRH-Birdville 14-7

                       2nd Round: Defeated Dean Crews of Georgetown 18-9

                       3rd Round: Defeated Parker Bruno of Friendswood by a pin 4:38 minutes into the match

                       4th Round: Lost to Jacob Rubio of Canyon Randall 19-5 (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Corey Myers: Wrestled for 4A Chapin High School at the 106 pound weight classification.

                        1st Round:  Defeated Tyler Beard of McKinney High School North by a pin 5:50 minutes into the match

                        2nd Round: Defeated Luis Acosta of Dallas Kimball 19-6

                        3rd Round: Lost to Jorge Santos of Creekview Carrollton 5-1

                        4th Round: Defeated Mario Vasquez of Palo Duro 7-1

                        5th Round: Defeated Jeremy Lucero of Crockett 8-1 (Bronze Medal or Third Place)

Trevor Rios: Wrestled for 5A El Dorado High School at the 138 pound weight classification.

                      1st Round:  Defeated Kreigh Hunziker of Katy Seven Lakes 16-6

                      2nd Round: Lost to Daniel Cartagena of Allen 5-3

                      Consolation Matches:

                      Defeated Carson Moore of Austin Anderson by a pin 2:45 minutes into the match

                      Defeated Andres Farrera of San Antonio T Roosevelt by a pin 2:59 minutes into the match

                      Defeated Deandre Neroes of Dallas Lake Highlands by a pin 4:19 minutes into the match

                      Defeated Braden Urquhart of Amarillo Tascosa 6-5 (Bronze Medal or Third Place)

James Pleasant: Wrestled for 5A Franklin High School at the 152 pound weight classification.

1st Round: Defeated Dennis Tijerino of San Antonio MacArthur by a pin 4:50 minutes into the match

2ndRound: Defeated Furman Sims of Dallas Skyline 7-2; 3rd Round: Lost to Ali Rafay of Bowie Arlington 11-7

Consolation Matches:  Defeated Rodney Brooks of Houston Cy Ridge by a pin 2:22 minutes into the match ; Defeated Dylan Ross of Flower Mound Marcus 5-2 (Bronze Medal or Third Place)

Alex Jimenez: Wrestled for 5A Franklin High School at the 195 pound weight classification.

1st Round: Defeated Cole Jongebloed of Houston Westside by a pin 1:06; 2nd Round: Lost to Nick Cobb Allen High School 5-3; Consolation Matches: defeated Tim McCutcheon CT Johnson High School 5-0; defeated Jackson Hornbeak Cypress Fairbanks by a pin 2:30; defeated Corey Lindberg South Lake Carroll 5-4 ( Bronze Medal or Third Place)

Other Top 6 Finishers: Several other El Paso wrestlers finished in the top 6 of their respective weight classifications :  4th Place: Cody Moss Franklin ; Troy Belcher Franklin High School 220 pounds

 

                                     5th Place: Eric Garcia Del Valle High School 152 pounds

                                                     Jeremy Melendez El Dorado High School 120 pounds

                                                     Anthony Camacho Franklin High School 182 pounds

                                                     William Smith El Dorado High School 220 pounds

                                     6th Place: Manny Arenivas Parkland High School 220 pounds

2012: The best finishes by El Paso high schools were Franklin High School (20th) and Eastwood High School (26th). El Paso athletes were also shut out in individual gold and silver medals. The best finish was by Devin Vasquez of Eastwood High School who finished 3rd in the 138 pound weight classification. El Paso wrestlers did manage two 4th place and four 5th place finishes.

Devin Vasquez: Wrestled for Eastwood High School in the 138 pound weight classification.

                             Round 1: Defeated Taylor Irwin of Frisco by a pin (2:34)

                             Round 2: Defeated Daniel Rivera of Clear Lake by a pin (2:21)

                             Round 3: Lost to Dominic Yang of South Grand Prairie 6-1

                             Consolation Matches:

                             Defeated Josh Herrera of Chapin 11-5

                             Defeated Nathan Schulman of Lake Highlands 5-1 (Bronze Medal or 3rd place)

Other El Paso wrestlers that placed in the top 6 of their respective weight classifications were:

Isaac Jimenez of Coronado High School (4th) in the 106 pound weight classification

Daniel Barraza of Americas High School (5th) in the 106 pound weight classification

Brandon Waters of Montwood High School (5th) in the 132 pound weight classification

James Pleasant of Franklin High School (5th) in the 145 pound weight classification

Khaldoon Rashid of Coronado High School (4th) in the 152 pound weight classification

Johnny Swatzie of Andress high School (5t) in the 285 pound weight classification

2011: Franklin High School (6th) and Eastwood High School (7th) were the only boys’ teams that finished in the top 30 at the 2011 state tournament. Andy Rico of Eastwood won a gold medal and Noah Earle of Franklin earned a silver medal at the wrestling meet. Devin Vasquez of Eastwood was the only other El Pasoan to finish in the top 6 of his weight classification.

Andy Rico: Wrestled for Eastwood High School at the 152 pound weight classification.

                     Round 1: Defeated Antonio Martinez of Cy Springs by a pin (1:43)

                     Round 2: Defeated Tom Beaury of Flower Mound 18-3

                     Round 3: Defeated Oliver Pierce of Allen 16-5

                     Round 4: Defeated Cougar Babin of Klein Oak (Disq/Injury) State Championship

Noah Earle: Wrestled for Franklin High School at the 189 pound weight classification.

                        Round 1: Defeated Josh Kelly of Cedar Park 9-8

                        Round 2: Defeated Kyle Smith of Mayde Creek by a pin (0.54)

                        Round 3: Defeated Al Balliette of Ford by default

                        Round 4: Lost to Greg Wilson of Central by a pin (1:56) (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Others to finish in the top 6 of their weight classification:

Devin Vasquez of Eastwood finished 6th at the 135 pound weight classification

2010: Boys teams from El Paso continued to struggle at the UIL Texas State Wrestling Tournament with Eastwood High School finishing 9th in the team standings. Other El Paso teams that cracked the top 30 were Franklin High School (24th), Hanks High School (27th) and Americas High School (28th). Only three wrestlers managed to pick up a top 6 finish with Andy Rico of Eastwood High School winning a gold medal at the 145 pound weight classification. Devin Vasquez of Eastwood finished in 4th place and Ryan Martinez of Hanks placed 5th at the meet.

Andy Rico: Wrestled for Eastwood High School at the 145 pound weight classification.

                     Round 1: Defeated Edwin Pineda of Langham Creek by a pin (3:40)

                     Round 2: Defeated Frank Rivera of La Joya by a pin (0.45)

                     Round 3: Defeated Duncan Dominguez of Coppell by a pin (0.57)

                     Round 4: Defeated Drake Dudley of Flower Mound by a pin (2:54) (State Championship)

Other El Paso wrestlers to finish in the top 6 of their respective weight classifications were:

Devin Vasquez of Eastwood High School at the 130 pound weight classification

Ryan Martinez of Hanks High School at the 130 pound weight Classification

2009: Only two teams from El Paso finished in the top 30 of the UIL Texas State Wrestling Tournament. Eastwood High School was ranked 19th and Franklin High School placed 28th by the end of the meet. Andy Rico of Eastwood was the top individual performer from El Paso with his 2nd place finish in the 135 pound weight classification. Gabe Vasquez of Hanks High School brought home a bronze medal at the 180 pound weight classification. Gary Martinez and Chris Amaya, both from Franklin, were the only other El Paso male wrestlers to finish the tournament with top 6 performances.

Andy Rico: Wrestled for Eastwood High School at the 135 pound weight classification.

                     Round 1: Defeated Sergio Camargo of Katy Taylor by a pin (1:24)

                     Round 2: Defeated Kevin White of Bryan by a pin (1:09)

                     Round 3: Defeated John Pacheco of Houston Westside by a pin (1:46)

                     Round 4: Lost to Bryan Osorio of Cedar Park Vista Ridge 9-2 (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Gabe Vasquez: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 180 pound weight classification.

                             Round 1: Lost to Ben Laures of Plano 14-9

                             Consolation Matches:

                             Defeated Sam Logue of Austin Bowie 7-0

                             Defeated Mitchell Hansen of Coppell 15-4

                             Defeated Max Valmar of Dallas Highland Park 7-4

                             Defeated Ben Laures of Plano by a pin (2:45)

                             Defeated Joey Bishop of Allen 2-0 (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Other El Paso wrestlers to finish in the top 6 of their respective weight classifications were:

Gary Martinez of Franklin High School at the 112 pound weight classification

Chris Amaya of Franklin High School at the 152 pound weight classificatiom

2008: Eastwood High School was the only boys wrestling team from El Paso to finish in the top 30 team rankings at the UIL Texas State Wrestling Tournament. The Trooper finished in 27th place and Eddie Noriega of Eastwood was the only competitor from El Paso to earn a top 3 finish.

Eddie Noriega: Wrestled for Eastwood High School at the 285 pound weight classification.

                            Round 1: Defeated Cameron Hickey of Lewisville Marcus by a pin (3:32)

                            Round 2: Defeated Sean Ermadi of San Antonio Reagan by a pin (2:25)

                            Round 3: Lost to Mohammed Usman of Arlington Bowie 2-1

                            Consolation Matches:

                            Defeated Cameron Hickey of Lewisville Marcus by a pin (1:21)

                            Defeated J.T. Woodard of Houston Westside by a pin (4:08) (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

  2007: Franklin High School finished the UIL Texas Wrestling Tournament ranked 10th. The only other El Paso teams to finish in the top 50 at the meet were Americas High School (29th) and Eastwood High School (37th). Eddie Noriega of Eastwood High School was the only male wrestler to win a medal (bronze) but several others finished in the top 6 of their weight classifications.

Eddie Noriega: Wrestled for Eastwood High School at the 285 pound weight classification.

                             Round 1: Defeated Todd Zgobay of Bryan 8-2

                             Round 2: Lost to Matt Hinton of Conroe the Woodlands 3-2

                             Consolation Matches:

                             Defeated Josh Jimenez of Converse Judson 16-3

                             Defeated J.J. Naranjo of Caprock by a pin (0.50)

                             Defeated John Gioffre of Katy Cinco Ranch by a pin (2:51)

                             Defeated Charlie Bryant of Austin Lanier 1-0 (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Other wrestlers from El Paso to finish in the top 6 of their respective weight classifications were:

Gary Martinez of Franklin High School (4th) in the 103 pound weight classification

Daniel Perales of Americas High School (6th) in the 125 pound weight classification

Danny Caraveo of Franklin High School (4th) in the 130 pound weight classification

Andrew Cigarroa of Americas High School (5th) in the 215 pound weight classification

Anthony Valenzuela of Americas High (5th) at the 140 pound weight classificationF

2006: Hanks High School was the top El Paso boys wrestling team at the UIL Texas State Wrestling Tournament with a final ranking of 14th. Four other El Paso teams finished in the top 32 teams-Americas High School (19th), Eastwood High School (20th), Franklin High School (29th), and Socorro High School (32nd). Kevin Jury of Americas High School and Jacob Valdez of Hanks High School won gold medals. Other medal winners were Eddie Noriega of Eastwood High School (silver medal), Danny Caraveo of Franklin High School (bronze medal), and Gustavo Zamora of Socorro High School (bronze medal). Robert Aguilar of Hanks High School and Sergio Garcia of Eastwood High School finished in the top 6 of their respective weight classifications.   

Kevin Jury: Wrestled for Americas High School at the 125 pound weight classification.

                      Round 1: Defeated Andrs Armendariz of McAllen Rowe by a pin (3:53)

                      Round 2: Defeated Kyle Sturch of Coppell by a pin (2:45)

                      Round 3: Defeated Matt Campos of Conroe Oak Ridge 17-2

                      Round 4: Defeated Josh Sandoval of Colleyville Heritage 13-5 (State Championship)

Jacob Valdez: Wrestled for Hank High School at the 140 pound weight classification.

                          Round 1: Defeated Shay Laurderdale of Azle 5-3

                          Round 2: Defeated Jamie Sheets of Katy Cinco Ranch forfeit

                          Round 3: Defeated Jordan Couch of Keller 6-4

                          Round 4: Defeated Michael Gerber of Canyon Randall 8-1 (State Championship)

Eddie Noriega: Wrestled for Eastwood High School at the 275 pound weight classification.

                             Round 1: Defeated Raphus Foley of San Antonio Roosevelt by a pin (4:43)

                             Round 2: Defeated Andrew Konkle of South Grande Prairie 7-3

                             Round 3: Defeated Bake Lee of McKinney 9-2

                             Round 4: Lost to Chad Bahr of Keller by a pin (2:20) (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Danny Caraveo: Wrestled for Franklin High School at the 125 pound weight classification.

                               Round 1: Defeated Frank Tan of Austin Lanier 16-2

                               Round 2: Lost to Josh Sandoval of Colleyville Heritage by a pin (6:33 ot)

                               Consolation Matches:

                               Defeated Jason Traver of Klein 4-2

                               Defeated Blake Allen of Klein Oak 5-3

                              Defeated Matt Campos of Conroe Oak Ridge 7-5

                              Defeated Mickey Sharp of Vernon 14-9 (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Gustavo Zamora: Wrestled for Socorro High School at the 275 pound weight classification.

                                Round 1: Defeated Charles Bright of Austin Lanier 6-2

                                Round 2: Lost to Chad Baker of Keller by a pin (4:42)

                                Consolation Matches:

                                Defeated Stephen Speer of Arlington 11-5

                                Defeated Todd Zgabey of bryan by a pin (2:28)

                                Defeated Brent Payne of Canyon Randall by a pin (2:07) (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Others to finish in the top 6 of their respective weight classifications were:

Robert Aguilar of Hanks High School (6th) at the 135 pound weight classification

Sergio Garcia of Eastwood High School (6th) at the 180 pound weight classification

2005: Hanks High School and Americas High School were the only boys wrestling teams from El Paso that placed in the top 30 at the state meet. Hanks finished 25th and Americas placed 30th. Jacob Valdez of Hanks won a gold medal and Kevin Jury of Americas earned a silver medal. Alex Aguirre of Eastwood was the only other individual to finish in the top 6 of his weight classification

Jacob Valdez: Wrestled for Hanks High School in the 135 pound weight classification.

                         Round 1: Defeated Richard Reyna of Austin Bowie by a pin (5:01)

                         Round 2: Defeated Scott Lake of Dallas Highland Park 6-2

                         Round 3: Defeated Alex Aguirre of Eastwood 6-5

                         Round 4: Defeated Koby Williams of Klein Oak 13-6 (State Championship)

Kevin Jury: Wrestled for Americas High School in the 125 pound weight classification.

                     Round 1: Defeated Jaime Sheets of Katy Cinco Ranch 84

                     Round 2: Defeated Aeron Hill of Arlington Bowie 6-5

                     Round 3: Defeated Correy Miller of Arlington Martin by a pin (5:29)

                     Round 4: Lost to Corey Howard of Colleyville Heritage 8-2 (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Other individuals who finished in the top 6 of their weight classifications:

Alex Aguirre of Eastwood High School finished 6th in the 135 pound weight classification.

2004: Four boys teams from El Paso finished ranked in the top 30 at the UIL Texas State Wrestling Tournament but none higher than Hanks High School at 12th. Americas High School (19th), Eastwood High School (23rd), and Franklin High School (28th) were the other teams from El Paso that finished in the top 30. Justin Reyes of Franklin High School won a silver medal and Cesar Dominguez of Del Valle High School were the only boys from El Paso that medaled. Kevin Jury of Americas High School, Manny Padilla of Americas High School, Alex Aguirre of Eastwood High School,  and Max Arzola of Ysleta High School finished ranked in the top 6 of their respective weigh classifications.

Justin Reyes: Wrestled for Franklin High School at the 189 pound weight classification.

                         Round 1: Defeated William Innes of Cedar Rock 17-1

                         Round 2: Defeated Ben White of Rockwall 7-4

                         Round 3: Defeated Matt Cole of Conroe the Woodlands 5-3

                         Round 4: Lost to James Aston of Katy 14-5 (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Cesar Dominguez: Wrestled for Del Valle High School at the 189 pound weight classification.

                                  Round 1: Defeated Flo Tennegil of Lake Highlands 9-6 were:

 

                                  Round 2: Lost to Travis Johlko of Austin Bowie by a pin (3:28)

                                  Consolation Matches:

                                  Defeated Daniel Shoffner of Rockwall 7-6

                                  Defeated Aaron Morales of Fort Worth Trimble 8-0

                                  Defeated Ryan Brock of San Antonio Madison 7-2 (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Other individuals to finish in the top 6 of their respective weight classifications

Kevin Jury of Americas High School (5th) at the 119 pound weight classification

Manny Padilla of Americas High School (5th) at the 125 pound weight classification

Alex Aguirre of Eastwood High School (5th) at the 135 pound weight classification

Max Arzola of Ysleta High School (6th) at the 171 pound weight Classification

2003: The UIL website, uiltexas.org only list the top 10 teams that competed at the UIL Texas State Wrestling Tournament. Hanks High School (6th) was the on El Paso school that finished in the top 10. Lou Perez of Hanks High School and Shawn Jordan of Riverside High School won gold medals. Edgar Diaz of Socorro High School and Reggie Armstrong of Hanks High School brought home bronze medals. Joel Gonzalez of Andress, Justin Reyes of Franklin, and Jerry Duran of Coronado all finished in the top 6 of their respective weight classifications.

Lou Perez: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 103 pound weight classification.

                     Round 1: Defeated Clayton Wise of Azle by a pin (0.43)

                     Round 2: Defeated Chris Fajkus of Harker by a pin (2:57)

                     Round 3: Defeated Michael Erickson of Coppell by a pin (2:53)

                     Round 4: Defeated Mickey Sharp of Vernon by a pin (4:27) (State Championship)

Shawn Jordan: Wrestled for Riverside High School at the 215 pound weight classification.

                            Round 1: Defeated Bobby Wall of Colleyville Heritage 5-2

                            Round 2: Defeated John Zgabey of Bryan by a pin (3:02)

                            Round 3: Defeated Tervel Dlagnu of Arlington 6-4

                            Round 4: Defeated Juan Lopes of Bowie Austin 8-3 (State Championship)

Edgar Soto: Wrestled for Socorro High School at the 145 pound weight classification.

                      Round 1: Defeated Charles King of Kimball 14-5

                      Round 2: Defeated Nick Ganci of Lanier 6-3

                      Round 3: Lost to Will Rowe of Lamar 19-8

                      Consolation Matches:

                      Defeated Chris Hopkins of Highland Park 9-1

                      Defeated Nick Ganci of Lanier 2-1 (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Reggie Armstrong: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 180 pound weight classification.

                                   Round 1: Defeated Matt Altman of Taylor 16-0

                                   Round 2: Defeated Chris Perez of A.C. Jones 13-2

                                   Round 3: Lost to Brad Yates of Highland Park by a pin (1:59)

                                   Consolation Matches:                         

                                   Defeated Tony Capodagli of The Colony 5-3

                                   Defeated Kenny Holmes of Caprock 6-4 (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Other individuals that finished in the top 6 of their weight classifications were:

Joel Gonzalez of Andress High School (4th) at the 125 pound weight classification

Justin Reyes of Franklin High School (5th) at the 189 pound weight classification

Jerry Duran of Coronado High School (5th) at the 275 pound weight classification

2002: Hanks High School was the only boys’ team from El Paso to finish in the top 10 rankings at the UIL Texas State Wrestling Tournament. The Knights finished 8th at the meet and were paced by a gold medal performance by Lou Perez and a bronze medal showing by Reggie Armstrong. Fernie Gonzalez of Ysleta High School brought home a gold medal while Enrique Rodriguez of  High School, Ray Sandoval of Burges High School, Gabe Beltran of Montwood High School, Ivan Villava of El Paso High School, and Shawn Jordan of Riverside High School won bronze medals at the state meet. Gabe Herrera of Franklin High School and Ben Pina of Montwood High School finished in the top 6 of their respective weight classifications.

Lou Perez: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 103 pound weight classification.

                     Round 1: Defeated Ray Wilcox of Plano by a pin (3:06)

                     Round 2: Defeated Matthew Hodar of Dallas Highland Park by a pin (5:19)

                     Round 3: Defeated Matt Espinoza of Hereford by a pin (2:25)

                     Round 4: Defeated Danny Ruiz of Conroe the Woodlands by a pin (2:32) (State Championship)

Fernie Gonzalez: Wrestled for Ysleta High School at the 125 pound weight classification.

                               Round 1: Defeated Chris Petersen of Dallas Adamson by default

                               Round 2: Defeated Micha Lewis of Weatherford 9-8

                               Round 3: Defeated James Soto of San Antonio Roosevelt 13-7

                               Round 4: Defeated Shelby Lauderdale of Azle 6-2 (State Championship)

 Enrique Rodriguez: Wrestled for High School at the 103 pound weight classification.

                                    Round 1: Defeated Honorio Rueda of Dallas Molina 7-0

                                    Round 2: Defeated Chance Reese of San Antonio Reagan 6-0

                                    Round 3: Lost to Danny Ruiz of Conroe 2-0

                                    Consolation Matches:

                                    Defeated Matthew Hobar of Dallas Highland Park by a pin (4:43)

                                    Defeated Matt Espinoza of Hereford 5-1 (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Ray Sandoval: Wrestled for Burges High School at the 130 pound weight classification.

                          Round 1: Defeated Jeremiah Dawson of Austin Crockett 1-0

                          Round 2: Lost to C.J. Ortega of Grapevine 6-4

                          Consolation Matches:

                          Defeated Wes Charles Lake Highlands 5-3

                          Defeated John Soto of San Antonio Roosevelt Default

                          Defeated Anthony Sanchez of Lewisville the Colony 1-1

                          Defeated Kody Marshall of Amarillo 3-2 (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Gabe Beltran: Wrestled for Montwood High School at the 145 pound weight classification.

                          Round 1: Lost to Brad Yates of Dallas Highland Park 6-4

                          Consolation Matches:

                          Defeated Blake Howard of Henderson 7-3

                          Defeated Nick Ganci of Austin Lanier 13-6

                          Defeated Chris Dorsey of Austin Bowie by a pin (2:52)

                          Defeated Brad Yates of Dallas Highland Park default

                          Defeated Roger Pena of Grand Prairie 7-2 (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Ivan Villava: Wrestled for El Paso High School at the 152 pound weight classification.

                        Round 1: Lost to Wade Danielson of Keller 7-5

                        Consolation Matches:

                        Defeated Zane Burnpass of Austin Crockett 7-2

                        Defeated Jonathan Houston of Arlington 3-1

                        Defeated Michael Littlejohn of Caprock  5-2

                        Defeated Wade Danielson of Keller 4-2 ot

                        Defeated Matt Aslan of Rockwall 6-2(Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Reggie Armstrong: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 180 pound weight classification.

                                  Round 1: Defeated Brady Nix of Granger 10-0

                                  Round 2: Lost to Tony Capodagui of Lewisville the Colony 7-6

                                  Consolation Matches:

                                  Defeated Adrian Hernandez of Socorro 8-2

                                  Defeated Matt Tiffin of Katy Cinco Ranch 7-2

                                  Defeated Tervel Dlganeo of Arlington (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Shawn Jordan: Wrestled for Riverside High School at the 215 pound weight classification.

                           Round 1: Defeated Parker Chaddick of Dallas Highland Park disqualified

                           Round 2: Defeated Joey Castillo of Welasco 11-9 ot

                           Round 3: Lost to Matt Podzemny of Amarillo Tascosa 5-3

                           Consolation Matches:

                           Defeated Erna Whitaker of Richardson 7-3

                           Defeated Daniel Stephens of Allen (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Other individuals to finish in the top 6 of their respective weight classifications were:

Gabe Herrera of Franklin High School (5th) at the 112 pound weight classification

Ben Pina of Montwood High School (5th) at the 119 pound weight classification

2001: Hanks High School and Eastwood High School finished in the top ten at the UIL Texas State Wrestling Tournament with the Knights finishing 4th and the Troopers 8th. Alex Pinon of Eastwood, Fidel Gonzalez of Ysleta High School, and Javier Bautista of Hanks won gold medals. Paul Hyska of Irvin High School and Jarret Bolton of Hanks brought home silver medals. Enrique Rodriguez of Ysleta and Raul Saldana of Hanks earned bronze medals. Raul Torres of Riverside High School, Steven Kaupas of Burges High School, Judas Sanchez of Eastwood, and Chris Mesa of Irvin finished in the top 6 of their respective weight classes.

Alex Pinon: Wrestled for Eastwood High School at the 103 pound weight classification.

                     Round 1: Defeated Chris Diaz of San Antonio MacArthur 10-0 

                     Round 2: Defeated Macario Alvarez of Grapevine 5-3 ot

                     Round 3: Defeated Steven Kaupas of Burges 2-0

                     Round 4: Defeated Edwin Hernandez of Carrollton Turner 11-2 (State Championship)

Fidel Gonzalez: Wrested for Ysleta High School at the 119 pound weight classification.

                            Round 1: Defeated James Washington of Houston Lee by a pin (1:52)

                            Round 2: Defeated Anthony Sanchez of Lewisville the Colony 22-7

                            Round 3: Defeated Steve Lule of Rockwall 11-1

                            Round 4: Defeated Jake Jackson of Lewisville Hebron 10-6 (State Championship)

Javier Bautista: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 135 pound weight classification.

                            Round 1: Defeated Colin Beams of Dallas Highland Park 10-3

                            Round 2: Defeated Brett Woodruff of Katy 19-11

                            Round 3: Defeated Walter Song of Carrollton Smith 7-5

                            Round 4: Defeated Jimmy Woodford of Lewisville the Colony 18-7 (State championship)

Paul Hyska: Wrestled for Irvin High School at the 130 pound weight classification.

                      Round 1: Defeated Ryan Schmidt of Arlington Bowie 17-8

                      Round 2: Defeated Jordan Cooper of Klein by a pin (0.30)

                      Round 3: Defeated Bryan Herrington of Euless Trinity 9-8

                      Round 4: Lost to Doug McBride of Bryan 9-3 (Silver Medal or 3rd Place)

Jarret Bolton: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 145 pound weight classification.

                         Round 1: Defeated Matt Elmore of Leander by a pin (1:46)

                         Round 2: Defeated Leo Jaurequi of Lewisville the Colony 10-0

                         Round 3: Defeated Michael Sherrill of Austin Bowie 7-5

                         Round 4: Lost to Justin Wood of Austin Westlake 10-9 (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Aurelio Valdez: Wrestled for Andress High School at the 152 pound weight classification.

                            Round 1: Defeated Ryan Linick of San Antonio Reagan by a pin (1:25)

                            Round 2: Defeated Matt Forester of Plano by a pin (5:11)

                            Round 3: Defeated Dan Gianoutsos of Amarillo 15-1

                            Round 4: Lost to Brandon Chandler of Canyon Randall 12-4 (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Raul Saldana: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 215 pound weight classification.

                         Round 1: Defeated Teddy Schafer of Cedar Park by a pin (5:19)

                         Round 2: Lost to Walter Faletau of Colleyville Heritage 5-2

                         Consolation Matches:

                         Defeated Ryan Prather of San Antonio Regan 6-4

                         Defeated Jarrod Bently of Canyon Randall 8-2

                         Defeated Joey Castillo of Welasco 3-1

                         Defeated Mark Malunowe of North Richland Hills Richland 7-4 (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Other individuals that finished in the top 6 of their respective weight classification were:

Steven Kaupas of Burges High School (4th) at the 112 pound weight classification

Judas Sanchez of Eastwood High School (5th) at the 125 pound weight classification

Raul Torres of Riverside High School (6th) at the 180 pound weight classification

2000: Eastwood High School finished 2nd in the team rankings at the second UIL Texas Wrestling State Tournament led by the gold medal performances of Alex Pinon and and Luis Gonzales. Fidel Gonzales of Ysleta High School and Jaime Hernandez of Franklin High School also won gold medals. Alex Martinez of Del Valle High School and Juan Gonzales of Eastwood High School won silver medals. Fabian Frausto of Eastwood High School brought home a bronze medal. Other individuals that finished in the top 6 of their weight classifications were Steve Kaupas, Angel Alegra, Paul Hyska, Aurelio Valdez, Inez Valdez, and Manny Pacillas.

Alex Pinon: Wrestled for Eastwood High School at the 103 pound weight classification.

                     Round 1: Defeated Cody Kitchingham of McKinney by a pin (5:03)

                     Round 2: Defeated Justin Cross of Grapevine 13-2

                     Round 3: Defeated Sean Petty of Arlington by a pin (3:30)

                     Round 4: Defeated Chas Skelly of Azle 6-4 (State Championship)

Fidel Gonzales: Wrestled for Ysleta High School in the 112 bound weight classification.

                            Round 1: Defeated Nick Hernandez of Austin Bowie by a pin (3:25)

                            Round 2: Defeated James Bain of Dallas Highland Park by a pin (3:32)

                            Round 3: Defeated Lee Kornegay of Irving MacArthur by a pin (3:39)

                            Round 4: Defeated Edwin Hernandez of Carrollton Turner 15-1 (State Championship)

Jaime Hernandez: Wrestled for Franklin High School at the 180 pound weight classification.

                                 Round 1: Defeated Jorde Scott of Grapevine Colleyville Heritage by a pin (1:00)

                                 Round 2: Defeated Shawn Clay of Dallas Skyline 18-8

                                 Round 3: Defeated Zach Johnson of Dallas Highland Park 10-6

                                 Round 4: Defeated Ryan Coates of San Antonio Reagan 13-11 (State Championship)

Luis Gonzales: Wrestled for Eastwood High School at the 189 pound weight classification.

                           Round 1: Defeated Stephen Bagles of McKinney by a pin (1:23)

                           Round 2: Defeated Daniel Bombei of San Antonio Roosevelt by a pin (3:04)

                           Round 3: Defeated Adam Wilson of Katy 8-3

                           Round 4: Defeated Andrew Meneco of Richarson 3-2 (State Championship)

Alex Martinez: Wrestled for Del Valle High School at the 130 pound weight classification.

                           Round 1: Defeated Travis Dusek of Irving MacArthur 6-1

                           Round 2: Defeated Paul Dennison of Richardson Pearce 7-4

                           Round 3: Defeated Eric Erwin of Carrollton Smith 5-2

                           Round 4: Lost to Eric Lane of Lewisville Marcus by a pin (2:50) (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Juan Gonzales: Wrestled for Eastwood High School at the 140 pound weight classification.

                            Round 1: Defeated B.J. Witwer of Allen by a pin (4:22)

                            Round 2: Defeated Steve Burgess of Austin Lanier by a pin (3:46)

                            Round 3: Defeated Chet Graves of Dumas 18-3

                            Round 4: Lost to Lucas McElyea of Plano East 5-2 (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Fabian Frausto: Wrestled for Eastwood High School at the 119 pound weight classification.

                            Round 1: Defeated Jordan Cooper of Klein 5-0

                            Round 2: Lost to Alejandro Alvarez of Grapevine 18-3

                            Consolation Matches:

                            Defeated Matt Sanders of Rockwall 10-3

                            Defeated Scott Hayes of Grapevine Colleyville Heritage 12-3

                            Defeated Eric Boots Pasadena South Houston 6-2

                            Defeated Angel Alegra of Ysleta High School 4-3 (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Other individuals who finished in the top 6 of their respective weight classifications were:

Steve Kaupas of Burges High School (5th) at the 112 pound weight classification

Angel Alegra of Ysleta High School (4th) at the 119 pound weight classification

Danny Lara of Coronado High School (6th) at the 125 pound weight classification

Paul Hyska of Irvin High School (5th) at the 130 pound weight classification

Aurelio Valdez of Andress High School (4th) at the 152 pound weight classification

Inez Valdez of Andress High School (6th) at the 189 pound weight classification

Manny Pacillas of El Paso High School (4th) at the 215 pound weight classification

 

 

1999: Hanks High School finished 8th in the team rankings at the first UIL Texas Wrestling State Tournament led by the gold medal performance of Frank Soto. Frank Herrera of Montwood High School and Jaime Hernandez of Franklin High School won silver medals at the meet. Chris Martinez and Aurelio Valdez, both of Andress High School, brought home bronze medals. Alex Pinon of Eastwood High School, Fidel Gonzalez of Ysleta High School, Ben Traver of Hanks High School, Kaleb Gonzales of Socorro High School, and Ben Caldwell of Franklin High School all finished in the top 6 of their respective weight classifications.

Frank Soto: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 125 pound weight classification.

                     Round 1: Defeated Austin Sparks of Rockwall by a pin (3:52)

                     Round 2: Defeated Matt Kemper of Irving 3-1 ot

                     Round 3: Defeated Matt Lopes of Euless Trinity 16-7

                     Round 4: Defeated Adolf Ortega of Amarillo Tascosa by a pin (5:57) (State Championship)

Frank Herrera: Wrestled for Montwood High School at the 145 pound weight classification.

                           Round 1: Defeated Tim Scarborough of Austin Anderson by a pin (5:25)

                           Round 2: Defeated Patrick Humphries of Lewisville Marcus 9-8

                           Round 3: Defeated Carlo Cerna of San Antonio Churchill 5-3

                           Round 4: Lost to Ben Curcio of Grapevine 4-3 (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Jaime Hernandez: Wrestled for Franklin High School at the 180 pound weight classification.

                                 Round 1: Defeated Nathan Long of Irvine 14-9

                                 Round 2: Defeated Jose Perez of Allen 16-4

                                 Round 3: Defeated Ben Heizer of Arlington Bowie

                                 Round 4: Lost to Monty Eakin of Amarillo Caprock 10-4 (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Chris Martinez: Wrestled for Andress High School at the 112 pound weight classification.

                             Round 1: Defeated Brad Fisher of San Antonio Churchill 4-0

                             Round 2: Lost to Emiliano Dominguez of Pilot Point Selz 1-0

                             Consolation Matches:

                             Defeated Alex Kostibas of Plano 12-0

                             Defeated Sale Lilly of Lewisville the Colony 8-3

                             Defeated Larry Milburn of Dallas Skyline 11-9 (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Aurelio Valdez: Wrestled for Andress High School at the 152 pound weight classification.

                            Round 1: Lost to Mason Bishop of Dallas Highland Park 11-6

                            Consolation Matches:

                            Defeated Zach James of Klein 9-4

                            Defeated Chris Russell of Austin Lanier 8-5

                            Defeated Jim Jaggers of Katy Taylor by a pin (4:37)

                            Defeated Nick Van DeList of San Antonio Churchill by a pin (3:35) (bronze medal or 3rd place)

1975 Burges High School finished runner up in the state (THSCA)

1976 Burges High School finished runner up in the state (THSCA)

1977 Burges High School won the THSCA state championship

1978 Burges High School finished runner up in the state (THSCA)

1979 Burges High School won the THSCA state championship

1980 Burges High School won the THSCA state championship

1981 Burges High School finished runner up in the state (THSCA)

1982 Burges High School won the THSCA state championship

1991 Burges High School finished runner up in the state (THSCA)

1991 Jesse Almodovar of Burges High School won an individual state championship (THSCA)

1993 Burges High School finished runner up in the state (THSCA)

 

Girls Wrestling

2014: It was a banner year for the female wrestlers from El Paso. Hanks High School won the UIL 4A State Team Wrestling Championship and Daniela Flores and Adrienne Holguin of the Lady Knights won gold medals. Four other high schools from El Paso cracked the final 30 in the state rankings with Del Valle High School finishing 11th, Chapin High School 19th, Bowie High School 26th, and Burges High School 30th. Coronado High School (17th) was the only 5A squad to finish in the top 30. Socorro High School (33rd) finished just out of the top 30 in the state tournament rankings. Abigail Ramirez of Chapin High School and Europa Cabada of Coronado High School won silver medals. Harley Ibarra of Del Valle High School and Brenda Holcomb of Hanks High School brought home bronze medals. Other girls to finish in the top 6 of their respective weight classifications were Giselle Escobedo of Hanks (5th), Dasia Ornelas of Hanks (4th), Arlette Orozco of Del Valle (5th), Brianna Regardiz of Del Valle (4th), Itzel Thurman of Bowie (4th), Aideli Martinez of Franklin (6th), and Virdiana Ornelas of Socorro (5th).

Daniela Flores: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 128 pound weight classification.

                            1st Round: Defeated Cherrie Mitchell of Reagan-Austin by a fall (0.34)

                           2nd Round: Defeated Meagan Flores of Reagan-Houston by a fall (4:51)

                           3rd Round: Defeated Austin Supak of Victoria West by a fall (2:36)

                           4th Round: Defeated Janae McDaniel of Caprock by a fall (3:23) (State Championship)

Adrienne Holguin: Wrestled for Hanks High School in the 148 pound weight class.

                                 1st Round: Defeated Tamara Pavich of Liberty by a fall (0.44)

                                 2nd Round: Defeated Noemi Rocha of Johnson-Austin by a fall (3:39)

                                 3rd Round: Defeated Avery Sims of Kimball 8-6

                                 4th Round: Defeated Lorraina Moses of Victoria West by a fall (2:34)

Abigail Ramirez: Wrestled for Chapin High School at the 102 pound weight class.

                              1st Round: Defeated Loren Braun of George Ranch by a fall (1:10)

                              2nd Round: Defeated Aleysha Duran of Liberty by a fall (4:13)

                              3rd Round: Defeated Dasia Ornelas of Hanks 9-3

                              4th Round: Lost to Alyssa Cortez of Caprock by a fall (5:26) (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Europa Cabada: Wrestled for Coronado High School at the 110 pound weight class.

                             1st Round: Defeated Samantha Salazar of Plano East by a fall (1:27)

                             2nd Round: Defeated Kate Rowan of Cy Woods 10-7

                             3rd Round: Defeated Lekie Escamilla of CC King by a fall (3:53)

                             4th Round: Lost to Julie Mata of Wagner 4-1 (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Briana Holcomb: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 138 pound weight class.

                               1st Round: Defeated Olivia Ramsey of Humble by a fall (2:34)

                               2nd Round: Defeated Elizabeth Torres of Reagan-Austin by a fall (1:24)

                               3rd Round: Lost to Destiny Garza of Hereford 2-0

                               Consolation Matches:

                               Defeated Bri White of College Station 3-0

                               Defeated Martina Martinez of Saginaw by TB 1-2-1 (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Harley Ibarra: Wrestled for Del Valle High School at the 95 pound weight class.

                         1st Round: Defeated Jayde Bordeaux of Cedar Park 5-3

                         2ndRound: Defeated Ruby Ariosa of Azle by a fall (2:53)

                         3rd Round: Lost to Naomi Chavez of Caprock by a fall (0.24)

                         Consolation Matches:

                         Defeated Giselle Escobedo of Hanks High School 6-5

                         Defeated Ruby Ariosa of Azle 13-8 (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Other girls that finished in the top 6 of their respective weight classification were:

Giselle Escobedo of Hanks High School (5th) at the 4A 95 pound weight classification

Dasia Ornelas of Hanks High School (4th) at the 4A 102 pound weight classification

Arlette Orozco of Del Valle High School (5th) at the 4A 110 pound weight classification

Briana Regardiz of Del Valle High School (4th) at the 4A 128 pound weight classification

Itzel Thurman of Bowie High School (4th) at the 4A 148 pound weight classification

Aideli Martinez of Franklin High School (6th) at the 5A 128 pound weight classification

Virdiana Ornelas of Socorro High School (5th) at the 5A 165 pound weight classification

 

  

 

2013: Several El Paso high schools made impressive showings at the state tournament. Hanks high School (5th), Del Valle High School (7th), Austin High School (16th), Jefferson High School (17th), Irvin High School (22nd), Bowie High School (22nd), and Chapin High School (27th) all finished in the top 30 of the tournament’s rankings. El Paso girls won 4 gold medals and 3 silver medals. Five other girls finished in the top 6 of their weight classifications.

Stephanie Martinez: Wrestled for Austin High School in the 95 pound weight classification.

                                      1st Round: defeated Viviana Mejia of Houston Lee by fall at 0.36

                                      2nd Round: defeated Elizabeth Sidler of Liberty 11-3

                                      3rd Round: defeated Elizabeth Bell of Frisco by fall at 4:25

                                      4th Round: defeated Naomi Chavez of Amarillo Caprock by a pin( 1:39)  (State Championship)

Karina Aguilar:          Wrestled for Del Valle High School in the 119 pound classification.

                                     1st Round: defeated Paige Sprayberry of Friendwood by fall at 0.23

                                     2nd Round: defeated Bryneshia Brown of Kimball by fall at 3:43

                                     3rd Round: defeated Nancy Alvarez of Hereford 6-3

                                     4th Round: defeated Jordan Smith of Bushland 14-1 (State Championship)

Allison Alvarez:       Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 128 pound weight classification.

                                   1st Round: defeated Yasmine Seacrist of Liberty by fall at 3:14

                                   2nd Round: defeated Austin Supak of Victoria West by fall at 2:11

                                   3rd Round: defeated Montana Stewart of Azle 14-3

                                   4th Round: defeated Carla Ponce of Del Valle 7-3 (State Championship)

Yvonne Galindo:     Wrestled for Jefferson High School at the 138 pound weight classification.

                                  1st Round: defeated Marlene Torres of Samuell by fall at 1:36

                                  2nd Round: defeated Elizabeth Torres of Austin Regan by fall at 3:24

                                  3rd Round: defeated Destiny Garza of Hereford by fall 2:31

                                  4th Round: defeated Briana Holcomb of Hanks by pin at 3:28 (State Championship)

This was the second state championship won by Yvonne Galindo

Mayra Franco:       Wrestled for Bowie High School at the 110 pound weight classification.

                                 1st Round: defeated Alouette Gonzalez of Rio Grande by fall at 1:13

                                 2nd Round: defeated Hana Henderson of Centennial 5-2

                                 3rd Round: defeated Alexandra Pebworth of Liberty by fall at 0.38

                                 4th Round: lost to Haley Moreno of Saginaw 9-8 (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

This was the second silver medal won by Mayra Franco.

Carla Ponce:           Wrestled for Del Valle High School at the 128 pound weight classification.

                                 1st Round: defeated Chloe Solomon of Creekwest by fall at 1:32

                                 2nd Round: defeated Sabrina Albury of San Antonio Brooks by fall at 1:36

                                 3rd Round: defeated Kelsey Baker of Palo Duro 9-6

                                 4th Round: lost to Allison Alvarez of Hanks High School 7-3 (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Briana Holcomb:    Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 138 pound weight classification

                                  1st Round: defeated Caitlyn Frye of Frisco by fall at 5:36

                                  2nd Round: defeated Lucy Hamilton of CC Ray 4-1

                                  3rd Round: defeated Jalexis Jackson of Summer Crk 6-2

                                  4th Round: lost to Yvonne Galindo of Jefferson High School by fall 3:28 (Silver Medal or 2nd place)

Other girls that finished in the top 6 of their respective weight classifications were:

Valerie Reyes of Irvin High School (4th) at the 110 pound weight classification

Celeste Vallejo of Chapin High School (4th) at the 110 pound weight classification

Adriana Murillo of Hanks High School (6th) at the 215 pound weight classification

Nessa Henandez of Montwood High School (4th) at the 95 pound weight classification

Daynna Diaz of Socorro High School (4th) at the 128 pound weight classification

 

2012: El Paso placed 5 schools in the top 30 rankings at the state wrestling meet. El Dorado High School led the way finishing in 9th place followed by Jefferson High School (12th), Montwood High School (15th), El Paso High School (17th), and Bowie High School (24th). Girls from El Paso won 2 gold medals, 2 silver medals, 3 fourth place finishes, and two 6th places finishes.

Yvonne Galindo: Wrestled for Jefferson High School in the 138 pound weight classification.

                               Round 1: Defeated Valeria Torres of San Benito by a pin (1:38)

                               Round 2: Defeated Ashley De Leon of Cinco Ranch by a pin (1:14)

                               Round 3: Defeated Evalynn Reyna of Austin-Bowie 7-4

                               Round 4: Defeated Abril Ramirez of El Paso High by a pin (5:35) (State Championship)

This was the first of two state championships won by Yvonne Galindo.

Natalie Hinoso: Wrestled for Montwood High School in the 148 pound weight classification.

                              Round 1: Defeated Mia Wright of T. Roosevelt 14-3

                              Round 2: Defeated Gisselle Ruvalcaba of Bowie Arllington by a pin (5:40)

                              Round 3: Defeated Mikayla Matthews of Cy Fair 7-1

                              Round 4: Defeated Cadey Widacki of Morton Ranch 5-1 (State Championship)

Abril Ramirez: Wrestled for El Paso High School in the 138 pound weight classification.

                           Round 1: Defeated Gabriela Lopez of Churchill 3-1

                           Round 2: Defeated Joly Velasquez of Cy Lake 5-3

                           Round 3: Defeated Molly Riddell of Bushland by a pin (2:23)

                           Round 4: Lost Yvonne Galindo of Jefferson High School by a pin (5:35)

Mayra Franco: Wrestled for Bowie High School at the 110 pound weight classification.

                            Round 1: Defeated Alexandra Pebworth of Liberty by a pin (0:29)

                            Round 2: Defeated Kristen Navarrete of Morton Ranch 6-5

                            Round 3: Defeated Bobbi Navarrete of Creekview 9-6

                            Round 4: Lost to Cristina Bautista of Colleyville Heritage by a pin (1:12) (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

This was the first of two silver medals won by Mayra Franco.

Other girls that finished in the top 6 places of their respective weight classifications were:

Stephanie Martinez of Austin High School (6th) in the 95 pound weight classification. Stephanie would go on to win the gold medal in 2013.

Rebecca Medina of Del Valle High School (4th) in the 119 pound weight classification

Allison Alvarez of Hanks High School (4th) in the 128 pound weight classification

Angela Hernandez of El Dorado High School (6th) in the 148 pound weight classification

Amber Hernandez of El Dorado High School (4th) in the 185 pound weight classification

2011: Five girls’ teams from El Paso finished the state tournament ranked in the top 30. Irvin High School’s 6th place finish was the highest ranking followed by Hanks High School (17th), Andress High School (21st), El Dorado High School (26th) and Americas High School (28th). Byelka Soto of Irvin High School won a gold medal, Jescelia Upton of Andress High School took home a silver medal, while Valerie Rosales of Americas High School, Darlene Fernandez of Hanks High School, and Abril Ramirez of El Dorado High School all earned bronze medals. Mayra Franco of Bowie High School, Emily Trejo of Socorro High School, Brandy Martinez of Irvin High School, and Diana Varela of Chapin High School all finished in the top 6 of their respective weight classifications.

Byelka Soto: Wrestled for Irvin High School in the 148 pound weight classification.

                       Round 1: Defeated Sierra Grazier of Churchill by a pin (1:33)

                       Round 2: Defeated Marie Garcia of Cy Fair by a pin (3:13)

                       Round 3: Defeated Krysten Miller of Pampa by a pin (1:13)

                       Round 4: Defeated Jodie Martinez of Amarillo Tascosa 9-4 (State Championship)

Jescelia Upton: Wrestled for Andress High School at the 215 pound weight classification.

                             Round 1: Defeated Ilaisaanna Kaihau of Trinity by a pin (4:35)

                             Round 2: Defeated Timmora Davis of Clear Springs 9-6

                             Round 3: Defeated Sara Vernon of Sam Houston by a pin (3:33)

                             Round 4: Lost to Malexesis McAdoo of Caprock by a pin (2:51) (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Abril Ramirez: Wrestled for El Dorado High School at the 128 pound weight classification.

                           Round 1: Defeated Charley Clarke of Fossil Ridge 7-0

                           Round 2: Defeated Alex Powell of Conroe by a pin (5:51)

                          Round 3: Lost to Jenna Goen of Bryan 11-2

                          Consolation Matches:

                          Defeated Christina Machado of R.L. Turner by a pin (4:40)

                         Defeated Alex Powell of Conroe by a pin (4:40) (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Darlene Fernandez: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 119 pound weight classification.

                                     Round 1: Defeated Hannah Peters of Liberty 14-2

                                     Round 2: Defeated Diaysha Moore of Cy Ridge by pin (5:32)

                                     Round 3: Lost to Samantha Sepulveda of Grulla by pin (5:21)

                                     Consolation Matches:

                                     Defeated Elysia Skilicom of Klein 2-0

                                    Defeated Mayra Franco of Bowie High School by pin (1:18) (Bronze Medal)

Valerie Rosales: Wrestled for Americas High School at the 165 pound weight classification.

                               Round 1: Defeated Armani Bethely of Wagner 7-0

                               Round 2: Lost to Tammy Bourma of Frisco 2-1

                               Consolation Matches:

                               Defeated Amanda Allen of Liberty 13-0

                               Defeated Tishiana Covington of Trimble Tech by a pin (3:54)

                               Defeated Nicole James of Collins 4-1

                               Defeated Tammy Bourma of Frisco by pin (3:48) (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Other girls that finished in the top 6 of their respective weight classification were:

Mayra Franco of Bowie High School (4th) in the 119 pound weight classification

Emily Trejo of Socorro High School (5th) in the 138 pound weight classification

Brandy Martinez of Irvin (6th) in the 138 pound weight classification

Diana Varella of Chapin High School (6th) in the 185 pound weight classification

 

2010: Six girls teams finished in the top 31 rankings at the UIL Texas State Wrestling Tournament. Chapin High School had the best El Paso finish at 18th place. El Dorado High School (21st), Franklin High School (23rd), Americas High School (29th), Hanks High School (30), and Irvin High School (31st) were the other El Paso schools to finish in the top 31 teams. Alba Mendoza of Franklin had the top individual finish winning a silver medal. Byelka Soto of Irvin and Valerie Rosales of Americas won bronze medals, while Akira Pena of El Dorado, Jordanne Diaz of Hanks, Darlene Fernandez of Hanks, Sarah Gonzalez of El Dorado, Jerilyn Partin of Chapin, Yvonne Galindo of Jefferson, Gloria Guerra of Bel Air, Ann Marie Uribe of Parkland, and Diana Varela of Chapin all had top 6 finishes at their respective weight classifications.

Alba Mendoza: Wrestled for Franklin High School in the 110 pound weight classification.

                             Round 1: Defeated Lorena Ramirez of Coppell by a pin (3:16)

                             Round 2: Defeated Shannay Colyar of Langham Creek 8-2

                             Round 3: Defeated Jordanne Diaz of Hanks 5-0

                             Round 4: Lost to Shelby Morrison of Bushland by a pin (5:09)

Byelka Soto: Wrestled for Irvin High School in the 148 pound weight classification.

                        Round 1: Defeated Kendra Bauch of MacArthur by a pin (1:54)

                        Round 2: Defeated Tess Vaughn of Bowie Arlington by a pin (1:33)

                        Round 3: Lost to Julie Stayton of Katy by a pin (3:13)

                        Consolation Matches:

                        Defeated Chelsie McMillion of Clear Creek 6-3

                        Defeated Tess Vaughn of Bowie Arlington 3-2 (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Valerie Rosales: Wrestled for Americas High School in the 165 pound weight classification.

                               Round1: Defeated Kristi Keathly of Katy 1-0

                               Round2: Defeated Clarissa Pina of Welasco 8-0

                               Round 3: Lost to Brittany Jones of Coppell by a pin (3:54)

                               Consolation Matches:

                               Defeated Gloria Guerra of Bel Air by a pin (3:45)

                               Defeated Cassandra Stealy of Sky Line by a pin (3:32) (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Other El Paso wrestlers that had top 6 finishes in their respective weight classifications were:

Akira Pena of Eastwood High School (5th) in 95 pound weight classification

Darlene Fernandez of Hanks High School (5th) in the 119 pound weight classification

Sarah Gonzalez of El Dorado High School (6th) in the 138 pound weight classification

Jerilyn Partin of Chapin High School (5th) in the 138 pound weight classification

Yvonne Galindo of Jefferson High School (6th) in the 148 pound weight classification

Gloria Guerra of Bel Air High School (6th) in the 165 pound weight classification

Anne Marie Uribe of Parkland High School (6th) in the 185 pound weight classification

Diana Varela of Chapin High School (5th) in the 215 pound weight classification

2009: Seven El Paso girls’ wrestling teams finished the UIL Texas State Wrestling Tournament ranked in the top 31. Those teams were Chapin High School (8th), Irvin High School (9th), Del Valle High School (11th), El Dorado High School (12th), Andress High School (25th), Eastwood High School (29th), and Austin High School (31st). Liza Gutierrez of Del Valle and Stephanie Han of Irvin won gold medals at the meet. Nallely Carrillo of El Dorado and Lorraine Herrera of Andress brought home silver medals. Other top 6 performances were turned in by Alejandra Espinoza of Eastwood (5th), Francine Caire of Chapin (5th), Desiree Galindo of Austin (4th), and Crystal Romero of Chapin (5th).

Liza Gutierrez: Wrestled for Del Valle High School at the 119 pound weight classification;

                            Round 1: Defeated Angel Miller of Keller Central by a pin (5:08)

                            Round 2: Defeated Christina Cochran of Katy by a pin (3:03)

                            Round 3: Defeated Kirsten Strickler of Frisco 3-2

                            Round 4: Defeated Maylene Garcia of Corpus Christi Ray 3-2 (State Championship) Note: This was Liza Gutierrez’s second state championship.

Stephanie Han: Wrestled for Irvin High School at the 128 pound weight classification.

                             Round 1: Defeated Erica earl of Dallas Kimball by a pin (1:12)

                             Round 2: Defeated Dominique Farrera of San Antonio Roosevelt by a pin (0.59)

                             Round 3: Defeated Julie Smith of Houston Cypres Fairbanks 9-0

                             Round 4: Defeated Lorraine Herrera of Andress 8-5 (State Championship) Note: This was Stephanie Han’s second state championship.

Nallely Carrillo: Wrestled for El Dorado High School at the 102 pound weight classification.

                              Round 1: Defeated Elise Woodruff of Austin Johnson 7-3

                              Round 2: Defeated Allison Nall of Arlington Lamar by a pin (2:37)

                              Round 3: Defeated Desiree Galindo of Austin 11-11-0

                              Round 4: Lost to Maliha Mithani of Frisco Centennial 5-2 (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Lorraine Herrera: Wrestled for Andress High School at the 128 pound weight classification.

                                 Round 1: Defeated Margie Mena of Dallas Molina by a pin (1:21)

                                 Round 2: Defeated Tarah Brewer of League City by a pin (1:18)

                                 Round 3: Defeated Kathleen Farmer of Katy 8-2

                                 Round 4: Lost to Stephanie Han of Irvin 8-5 (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Other individuals with top 6 finishes in their respective weight classifications were:

Desiree Galindo of Austin High School (4th) at the 102 pound weight classification

Francine Caire of Chapin High School (5th) at the 110 pound weight classification

Alejandra Espinoza of Eastwood High School (5th) at the 95 pound weight classification

Crystal Romero of Chapin High School (5th) at the 185 pound weight classification

2008: The girls from El Paso performed somewhat better than their male counterparts at the UIL Texas State Wrestling Tournament. Del Valle High School (18th), Irvin High School (19th), Hanks High School (23rd), Franklin High School (24th) and Chapin High School (32nd) all finished in the top 35 at the meet. Liza Gutierrez of Del Valle and Stephanie Han of Irvin won their first state championships at the tournament. Nicole Silva of Hanks and Alba Mendoza of Franklin brought home silver medals. Crystal Romero was the only other girl from El Paso to finish with a top 6 finish.

Liza Gutierrez: Wrestled for Del Valle High School at the 119 pound weight classification.

                            Round 1: Defeated Stacey Martin of Frisco Liberty by a pin (2:50)

                            Round 2: Defeated Courtney Lindley of Katy Cinco Ranch 18-2

                            Round 3: Defeated Mia Provence of Arlington Lamar 18-2

                            Round 4: Defeated Maylene Garcia of Corpus Christi Ray 10-6 (State Championship) Note: This was Liza Gutierrez’s 1st state championship

Stephanie Han: Wrestled for Irvin High School at the 128 pound weight classification.

                             Round 1: Defeated Shelby Breen of Katy Mayde Creek by a pin (4:42)

                             Round 2: Defeated Suzanne Baker of Arlington Lamar 2-1

                             Round 3: Defeated Kathy Jones of Boys Ranch by a pin (1:09)

                             Round 4: Defeated Luzette Villegas of Hereford 7-4 (State Championship) Note: This was Stephanie Han’s first state championship

Nicole Silva: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 95 pound weight classification

                        Round 1: Defeated Allison Woodruff of Austin Johnson by forfeit

                        Round 2: Defeated Bianca Aranda of Houston Reagan 15-0

                        Round 3: Defeated Jenny Garza of Rio Grande City 10-1

                        Round 4: Lost to Jessica Nguyen of Houston Cypress Ridge by a pin (4:32) (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Alba Mendoza: Wrestled for Franklin High School at the 102 pound weight classification.

                             Round 1: Defeated Courtney Hole of Katy Taylor by a pin (5:18)

                             Round 2: Defeated Elise Woodruff of Austin Johnson 9-3

                             Round 3: Defeated Rachael Guajardo of Katy Mayde Creek by a pin (3:55)

                             Round 4: Lost to Hilory Cordero of Caprock 10-8 (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Others to finish in the top 6 of their respective weight classification were:

Crystal Romero of Chapin High School (4th) at the 185 pound weight classification.

2007: Socorro High School finished the UIL Texas Wrestling Tournament ranked 18th and was the only El Paso team to finish in the top 30 at the meet. Del Valle High School (32nd), Burges High School (34th), Hanks High School (35th), Bowie High School (39th), Americas High School (43rd), Irvin High School (46th), El Paso High School (47th) and Chapin High School (48th) all finished in the top 50. Edi Gamboa of Socorro High School won a silver medal and Liza Gutierrez of Del Valle brought home a bronze medal to lead the El Paso contingent at the meet. Several other girls finished in the top 6 of their respective weight classifications.

Edi Gamboa: Wrestled for Socorro High School at the 95 pound weight classification.

                         Round 1: Defeated Kelci Carter of South Grand Prairie by a pin (5:39)

                         Round 2: Defeated Jennifer Gonzalez of PSJA Memorial 9-0

                         Round 3: Defeated Ofelia Valdez of Dallas Molina 4-0

                         Round 4: Lost to Lene Wood of Frisco Centennial by a pin (4:38) (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Liza Gutierrez: Wrestled for Del Valle High School at the 119 pound weight classification

                             Round 1: Defeated Gabriel Guillan of Pharr San Juan Alamo by a pin (3:58)

                             Round 2: Defeated Kirsten Strickler of Frisco by a pin (0.34)

                             Round 3: Lost to Evey Eshenroder of Conroe the Woodlands by a pin (0.59)

                             Consolation Matches:

                            Defeated Jennifer Williams of Caprock 8-2

                            Defeated Mia Mickelson of Arlington Lamar 11-4 (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Others to finish in the top 6 of their respective weight classifications were:

Awbrey Lowe of Hanks High School (4th) at the 110 pound weight classification

Adriana Olvera of Bowie High School (5th) at the 138 pound weight classification

Lily Vasquez of Burges High School (4th) at the 165 pound weight classification

Roxy Arzola of Americas High School (6th) at the 165 pound weight classification

 2006: Five girls teams from El Paso finished ranked in the top 30 at the UIL Texas State Wrestling Tournament. Hanks High School (5th) had the best showing followed by Chapin High School (18th), Socorro High School (20th), Franklin High School (21st), Irvin High School (26th) and Eastwood High School (29th). Medal winners from El Paso were Aubrey Lowe of Hanks High School (gold), Norma Rueda of Socorro High School (gold), Blue Celeste Montoya of Chapin High School (silver), and Brenda Mendoza of Franklin High School (silver), and Janie Gonzalez of Hanks High School (bronze medal). Other girls to finish in the top 6 of their weigh classifications were Nicole Silva of Montwood High School (6th), Ashley Rizo of Hanks High School (5th), Stephanie Han of Irvin High School (4th), and Taylor Yocum of Eastwood High School (6th).

Awbrey Lowe: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 102 pound weight classification.

                           Round 1: Defeated Tayler Busboom of Klein by a pin (3:16)

                           Round 2: Defeated Helen Timmons of Austin Johnson 10-5

                           Round 3: Defeated Bethany Courkamp of Amarillo 8-0

                           Round 4: Defeated Tiffany Larriba of South Lake Carroll 5-2 (State Champioship) Note: This was Awbrey Lowe’s second state championship

Norma Rueda: Wrestled for Socorro High School at the 128 pound weight classification.

                           Round 1: Defeated Nicole Mason of Katy 8-0

                           Round 2: Defeated Milody Tran of Pflugerville8-3

                           Round 3: Defeated Raquel Vasquez of Katy CR 2-1

                           Round 4: Defeated Brenda Mendoza of Franklin 8-6 overtime (State Championship)

Brenda Mendoza: Wrestled for Franklin High School at the 128 pound weight classification.

                                  Round 1: Defeated Anna Campos of Conroe Oak Ridge by a pin (4:01)

                                  Round 2: Defeated Melissa Gomez of South Grand Prairie by a pin (5:14)

                                  Round 3: Defeated Stephanie Han of Irvin 20-6

                                  Round 4: Lost to Norma Rueda of Socorro 8-6 (ot) (Silver Medal or 2nd Place) 

Blue Celeste Montoya: Wrestled for Chapin High School at the 95 pound weight classification.

                                          Round 1: Defeated Natalie Brown of Austin Crockett by a pin (1:18)

                                          Round 2: Defeated Crystal Grajeda of Arlington by a pin (5:20)

                                          Round 3: Defeated Jordan West of South Lake Carroll by a pin (5:30)

                                          Round 4: Lost to Lene Wood of Frisco Central 8-6 (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Janine Gonzalez: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 165 pound weight classification.

                               Round 1: Defeated Roxy Serpas of Houston Lee (forfeit)

                               Round 2: Defeated Megan Wade of Austin Akins 4-2

                               Round 3: Lost to Toni Rogers of Coppell by a pin (5:24)

                               Consolation Matches:

                               Defeated Alana Jimenez of Katy by a pin (2:53)

                               Defeated Eunie Hogan of South Grande Prairie by a pin (3:44) (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Others to finish in the top 6 of their respective weight classifications were:

Nicole Silva of Montwood High School (6th) at the 95 pound weight classification

Stehanie Han of Irvin High School at the 128 pound weight classification

Ashley Rizo of Hanks High School at the 119 pound weight classification

Taylor Yocum of Eastwood High School at the 215 pound weight classification

2005: Hanks High School came within a half point of winning the UIL Texas State Wrestling Championship. The eventual state champion, Amarillo Caprock, scored 76 points and Hanks tallied 75.5 points to finish second. El Paso girls performed very well at the meet with Eastwood High School finishing 6th, El Paso High (14th), Socorro High School (26th), and Franklin High School (27th). Awbrey Lowe of Hanks and Tressa Yocum of Eastwood won gold medals. Cessy Carroll of Eastwood, Jenny Franco of Hanks, Norma Rueda of Socorro, and Chris Ybarra of Hanks all earned silver medals. Carmen Pina of El Paso High took home a bronze medal. Other El Paso girls to finish in the top 6 of their respective weight classes were Bethany Pina of El Paso High and Katrina Price of Franklin.

Awbrey Lowe: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 102 pound weight classification.

                           Round 1: Defeated Crystal Grajeda of Arlington 12-2

                           Round 2: Defeated Vanessa Gruver of Converse Judson by a pin (5:19)

                           Round 3: Defeated Carmen Pina of EPHS by a pin (5:57)

                           Round 4: Defeated Cessy Carroll of Eastwood 15-1 (State Championship) Note: This was Awbrey Lowe’s first of two state championships

Tressa Yocum: Wrestled for Eastwood at the 165 pound weight classification.

                          Round 1: Defeated Kelsey Crane of Arlington Bowie by a pin (0.27)

                          Round 2: Defeated Autumn Smith of San Antonio Regan by a pin (0.21)

                          Round 3: Defeated Erica McClendon of Arlington Seguin by a pin (4:42)

                          Round 4: Defeated Clarissa Dacke of Amarillo by a pin (0.56) (State Championship)

Cessy Carroll: Wrestled for Eastwood High School at the 102 pound weight classification.

                         Round 1: Defeated Tiffany Larriba of Southlake Carroll by a pin (4:15)

                         Round 2: Defeated Coutney Weiser of Houston Cypress Fairbanks 16-1

                         Round 3: Defeated Helen Timmons of Austin Johnson 12-4

                         Round 4: Lost to Awbrey Lowe of Hanks 15-1 (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Jenny Franco: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 119 pound weight classification.

                          Round 1: Defeated Jana Price of Beaumont West Brook 13-4

                          Round 2: Defeated Nina Demorest of Copperas Cove 15-0

                          Round 3: Defeated Sara Cevallos of Katy Mayde Creek 8-5

                          Round 4: Lost to Hailey Hale of Katy Cinco Ranch 7-3 (Silver Medal  or 2nd Place)

Norma Rueda: Wrestled for Socorro High School at the 128 pound weight classification.

                           Round 1: Defeated Jackie Stiles of Corpus Christi Ray by a pin (3:32)

                           Round 2: Defeated Rachel Vasquez of Katy Cinco Ranch 13-9

                           Round 3: Defeated Semaj Langston of Arlington Houston 4-3

                           Round 4: Lost to Amanda Howland of Caprock by a pin (5:35) (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Chris Ybarra: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 215 pound weight classification.

                         Round 1: Defeated Madeline Jones of Katy Taylor by a pin (0.35)

                         Round 2: Defeated Jessica Williams of Arlington Bowie by a pin (1:30)

                         Round 3: Defeated Kiki Williams of Katy by a pin (3:17)

                         Round 4: Lost to Emerald Solomon of Kileen Shoemaker 7—5 (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Carmen Pina: Wrestled for El Paso High School at the 102 pound weight classification.

                         Round 1: Defeated Kasha Chaney of Dallas Samuell 20-1

                         Round 2: Defeated Raquel Contreras of San Antonio Madison by a pin (3:16)

                         Round 3: Lost to Awbrey Lowe of Hanks by a pin (5:57)

                         Consolation Matches:

                         Defeated Crystal Grajeda of Arlington 9-7 Tie Breaker

                         Defeated Helen Timmons of Austin Johnson 4-3 Tie Breaker (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Other wrestlers that finished in the top 6 of their respective weight classifications were:

Katrina Price of Franklin High School (5th) at the 95 pound weight classification

Bethany Pina of El Paso High School (5th) at the 110 pound weight classification

 2004: The girl’s teams from El Paso had an off year at the UIL Texas State Wrestling Tournament with only Eastwood High School (7th), Irvin High School (21st), and Hanks High School (26th) finishing in the top 30 of the state rankings. Tressa Yocum of Eastwood High School won a gold medal and Lisa Hoag of Irvin High School brought home a bronze medal. Awbrey Lowe of Hanks High School was the only other wrestler that had a top 6 finish in her weight classification. The UIL website, uiltexas.org, only gives the top 4 finishers at each weight classification.

Tressa Yocum: Wrestled for Eastwood High School at the 165 pound weight classification.

                           Round 1: Defeated Becky Grimes of Waller by a pin (0.21)

                           Round 2: Defeated Aumaya Vernon of Dallas Samuell by a pin (1:28)

                           Round 3: Defeated Clarissa Dalke by a pin (3:31) (State Championship)

Lisa Hoang: Wrestled for Irvin High School at the 95 pound weight classification.

                      Round 1: Defeated Cristina Aguilar of San Antonio Lee by a pin (1:30)

                      Round 2: Lost to Melissa Terry of 13-4;

                      Consolation Matches:

                      Defeated Jasmine Flores of Frisco 17-4

                      Defeated Maria Wisener of Keller Fossil Ridge 9-6 (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Other individuals to finish in the top 4 of their weight classifications were:

Awbrey Lowe of Hanks High School (4th) at the 102 pound weight classification.

2003: The Hanks High School girls’ wrestling team was the only squad from El Paso that had a top 10 finish at the UIL Texas State Wrestling Tournament. The Knights finished the meet ranked 5th and Kim Quinones of Hanks won a gold medal.

The only other girl from El Paso with a top 4 finish was Diana Reveles of High School who won a silver medal. The UIL website only list the top 10 teams and the top 4 finishers at each weight classification.

Kim Quinones: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 119 pound weight classification.

                            Round 1: Defeated Deseree Cazares of South Grand Prairie 5-1

                            Round 2: Defeated Stephanie Haver of Katy by a pin (2:14)

                            Round 3: Defeated Lauren Lindsay of Palo Duro 9-4 (State Championship)

Diana Reveles: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 165 pound weight classification.

                           Round 1: Defeated Amy Brennan of Oak Ridge 12-6

                           Round 2: Defeated Jennifer Miller of Mart 4-0

                           Round 3: Lost to Cristina Rodriguez of Lee 2-2 tie breaker (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

2002: Hanks High School barely missed winning a team state championship finish 2nd to Amarillo Tascosa by a mere 1.5 points. Stephanie Jenkins, Yvonne Fernandez, and Diana Reveles, all from Hanks, won medals at the tournament. Jenkins and Fernandez won gold medals while Reveles earned a silver medal. Judith Rivera of Montwood High School brought home a bronze medal. Diana Esquivel of Montwood finished 4th in her weight classification.

Stephanie Jenkins: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 102 pound weight classification.

                                  Round 1: Defeated Ashley Skinner of San Antonio Reagan by a pin (3:08)

                                  Round 2: Defeated Ashley Farris of Hurst Bell by a pin (2:12)

                                  Round 3: Defeated Jennifer Brantley of Amarillo Tascosa 15-0 (State Championship) Note: This was Stephanie Jenkins second state championship

Yvonne Fernandez: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 119 pound weight classification.

                                   Round 1: Defeated Jessica Beyer of Colleyville Heritage 9-0

                                   Round 2: Defeated Kendra Howe of Conroe Oak Ridge by a pin (4:56)

                                   Round 3: Defeated Ashley Webb of Katy Taylor 3-0 (State Championship)

Diana Reveles: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 165 pound weight classification.

                           Round 1: Defeated Christina Rodriguez of San Antonio Lee 14-1

                           Round 2: Defeated Ember Brettmann of Arlington Houston 13-0

                           Round 3: Lost to Angela Whitley of Kileen Ellison 5-1 (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Judith Rivera: Wrestled for Montwood High School at the 148 pound weight classification.

                         Round 1: Defeated Mary Chadot of Killen Ellison 10-4

                         Round 2: Lost to Jennifer Miller of Arlington Miller by a pin (0.54)

                         Consolation Matches:

                         Defeated Rebecca Lujan of Colleyville Heritage 7-2

                         Defeated Marie Kristoff of Waller by a pin (2:39) (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Other individuals to finish in the top 4 of their respective weight classifications:

Diana Esquivel wrestled for Montwood High School (4th) at the 110 pound weight classification.

2001: Vicky Morales, Stephanie Jenkins, and Katherine Quinonez won gold medals and led Hanks High School to a 2nd place finish at the UIL State Wrestling Tournament. Yvonne Hernandez of Hanks and Nancy Garcia of Irvin High School won silver medals at the meet. The UIL records are again incomplete and confusing. The records show that Nancy Garcia finished 2nd in the 185 pound weight classification but show her winning all her matches.

Vicky Morales: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 95 pound weight classification.

                            Round 1: Defeated Kim Bui of Arlington Houston by a pin (1:36)

                            Round 2: Defeated Melissa Terry of Katy by a pin (0.40)

                            Round 3: Defeated Krunchy Inthirath of Amarillo Palo Duro by a pin (3:26) (State Championship)

Stephanie Jenkins: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 102 pound weight classification.

                                  Round 1: Defeated Camille Evans of Conroe Oak Ridge by a pin (1:17)

                                  Round 2: Defeated Angela Martinez of Arlington Bowie by a pin (3:44)

                                  Round 3: Defeated Emily Medchill of Conroe the Woodlands by a pin (2:29) (State Championship) Note: This was Stephanie Jenkins first of two state championships

Katherine Quinonez: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 128 pound weight classification.

                                     Round 1: Defeated Liana Van Bose of Arlington by a pin (4:46)

                                     Round 2: Defeated Diana Mato of Katy Taylor 3-2

                                     Round 3: Defeated Linse Meadows of Katy 7-5 (State Championship)

Yvonne Hernandez: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 119 pound weight classification.

                                    Round 1: Defeated Missy Saez of Austin Bowie by a pin (3:15)

                                    Round 2: Defeated Kristen Williams of Conroe 11-3

                                    Round 3: Lost to Lauren Lindsey of Amarillo Palo Duro 5-3 (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

    Nancy Garcia: Wrestled for Irvin High School at the 185 pound weight classification.

                              Round 1: Defeated Kate Moore of Katy Taylor by a pin (2:53)

                              Round 2: Defeated Beth Cordova-Aulds of Austin McCallum by a pin (1:50)

                              Round 3: Lost to Shaleb Bowie of Amarillo Palo Duro by a pin (0.39) (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

 

 

2000: Hanks High School finished ranked 5th at the second UIL Texas State Wrestling Tournament. The Lady Knights were led by Vicky Morales, Stephanie Jenkins, Kimberly Quinonez and Katherine Quinonez. Veronica Contreras of Austin High School also competed well at the tournament. The UIL records are not very complete and usually only list the top 3 or 4 finishers at each weight classification.

Vicky Morales: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 95 pound weight classification.

                            Round 1: Defeated Meggie White of Katy Taylor by a pin (3:18)

                            Round 2: Defeated Santisca Brown of Kileen Ellison 13-4

                            Round 3: Lost to Khouanchay Inthirath of Amarillo Palo Duro by a pin (3:27) (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Kimberly Quinonez: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 110 pound weight classification.

                                    Round 1: Lost to Cathy Cotter of Arlington Houston 12-9

                                    Round 2: Lost to Jessica Cotton of Austin Lanier by a pin (1:38)

                                    Consolation Matches:

                                    Defeated Stephanie Olivas of Amarillo Caprock by a pin (1:37)

                                    Defeated Kenra Howe of Conroe Oak Ridge 18-1 (Bronze Medal or 3rd Place)

Other individuals that placed in the top 4 at their respective weight classifications:

Stephanie Jenkins of Hanks High School (4th) at the 102 pound weight classifications

Katherine Quinonez of Hanks High School (4th) at the 128 pound weight classification

Veronica Contreras of Austin High School (4th) at the 185 pound weight classification

 

  1999: Hanks High School finished ranked 12th at the first UIL Texas State Wrestling Tournament. Only the top 3 finishers are shown for each weight classification and even then the records are incomplete. Stephanie Jenkins of Hanks won a bronze medal at the 102 pound weight classification. Veronica Contreras of Austin High School earned a silver medal at the 185 pound weight classification while Nancy Garcia brought home the bronze medal at the same weight classification.

Stephanie Jenkins: Wrestled for Hanks High School at the 102 pound weight classification.

                                  Round 1: Bye

                                  Round 2: Lost to Angela Martinez of Arlington Bowie by a pin (0.58)

                                  Consolation Matches:

                                  Bye;

                                  Defeated Lisa Sanchez of Austin (forfeit)

                                  Defeated Melanie Montgomery of Plano East by a pin (0.18) (Bronze Medal)

Veronica Contreras: Wrestled for Austin High School at the 185 pound weight classification.

                                    Round 1: Bye

                                    Round 2: Defeated Nicole Burton of Arlington Bowie by a pin (1:14)

                                    Round 3: Lost to Erica Coburn of Waller by a pin (1:57) (Silver Medal or 2nd Place)

Nancy Garcia: Wrestled for Irvin High School at the 185 pound weight classification.

                          Round 1: Lost to Erica Coburn of Waller by a pin (0.51)

                          Consolation Matches:

                          bye;

                         Defeated Nicole Burton of Arlington Bowie by a pin (1:55)

                         Defeated Michelle Caster of Arlington Houston by a pin (2:15) (Bronze Medal)

 

 

 

Wrestling Championships prior to 1999

El Paso area high schools had a rich tradition in wrestling prior to UIL sanctioning in 1999. I knew that Burges, Irvin, and Eastwood had won state titles when THSCA was the governing body of high school wrestling but I couldn’t find any documentation. I was finally sent the documentation I needed in the form of the website EPMATROOM.COM. I am indebted to Yancey Natividad, a former student of mine at Bowie High School, and Coach Jesse Almodovar, current wrestling coach at Franklin High School and former state champion, for their assistance. I am now going to list the teams and individuals that have won THSCA state championships. The website list all the state finishers for each year but for the sake of brevity I am only going to list championship winners.

Athletes That Won THSCA or TIWA State Championships

1972 Juan Gonzales Irvin High School 98 pound weight classification

1972 Gene Gwyn Irvin High School 119 pound weight classification

1972 Mike Lamkin Irvin High School 132 pound weight classification

1972 Dimas Vega Irvin High School 145 pound weight classification

1973 Mike Smith Burges High School 98 pound weight classification

1973 Demitrio Perales Irvin High School 105 pound weight classification

1973 Juan Gonzales Irvin High School 112 pound weight classification

1973 Bill Jones Irvin High School 126 pound weight classification

1973 Dan Mori Irvin High School 145 pound weight classification

1974 Arturo Duran Irvin High School 98 pound weight classification

1974 Mike Flores Burges High School 167 pound weight classification

1975 Arturo Duran Irvin High School 98 pound weight classification

1975 Ben Avalos Irvin High School 126 pound weight classification

1975 Eric Samaniego Burges High School 138 pound weight classification

1976 Ruben Rebollo Burges High School 112 pound weight classification

1977 Ruben Rebollo Burges High School 112 pound weight classification

1978 Tim Hopper Irvin High School 98 pound weight classification

1978 Clarence Lassiter Burges High School 167 pound weight classification

1979 Rick Stageberg Burges High School 132 pound weight classification

1980 Frank Cazares Burges High School 119 pound weight classification

1980 Danny Ilgenstien Burges High School 167 pound weight classification

1981 Doug Smith Burges High School 132 pound weight classification

1983 Ernie Carrillo Jefferson High School 98 pound weight classification

1983 Robert Pounds Coronado High School 185 pound weight classification

1984 Ricky Sillas Bowie High School 126 pound weight classification

1984 Juan Alarcon Hanks High School 185 pound weight classification

1984 Mike Medrano Austin High School Heavy Weight classification

1985 Sergio Vela Eastwood High School 132 pound weight classification

1985 John Hafen Burges High School 155 pound weight classification

1985 John Stevens Irvin High School 185 pound weight classification

1986 Ruben Hernandez Eastwood High School 98 pound weight classification

1988 Jaime Chavez Irvin High School 98 pound weight classification

1989 Jaime Valencia Bowie High School 103 pound weight classification

1989 Frank Belmontes Bowie High School 119 pound weight classification

1989 Joey Heckel Coronado High School 130 pound weight classification

1989 Kevin Teran Eastwood High School 140 pound weight classification

1990 Jaime Valencia Bowie High School 103 pound weight classification

1990 James Chanez Eastwood High School 119 pound weight classification

1990 Abel Dill Bowie High School 125 pound weight classification

1990 Dan Kinnamon Austin High School 130 pound weight classification

1990 Adrian Zubia Del Valle High School 145 pound weight classification

1991 Jesse Almodovar Burges High School 112 pound weight classification

1991 Mike Perez Eastwood High School 125 pound weight classification

1991 Mike Alva Eastwood High School 135 pound weight classification

1991 Adrian Zubia Del Valle High School 145 pound weight classification

1992 Mike Alva Eastwood High School 140 pound weight classification

1992 Juan Piper Eastwood High School 180 pound weight classification

1992 Eddie Hernandez Parkland High School Heavy Weight classification

1993 Willie Munoz Hanks High School 103 pound classification

1993 Mark Taylor Eastwood High School 135 pound weight classification

1993 Matt Mendoza Jefferson High School 140 pound weight classification

1993 Paul Medrano Austin High School 145 pound weight classification

1993 Pete Marquez Burges High School 189 pound weight classification

1994 Matt Mendoza Jefferson High School 145 pound weight classification

1994 Scott Reynolds Eastwood High School 152 pound weight classification

1995 Charlie Soto Hanks High School 103 pound weight classification

1995 George Rodriguez Burges High School 119 pound weight classification

1995 Luis Gonzalez Eastwood High School 135 pound weight classification

1996 Jose Arriaga Burges High School 135 pound weight classification (TIWA)

1998 Angel Rodriguez Eastwood High School 119 pound weight classification (TIWA)

1998 Ricky Gonzales Ysleta High School 130 pound weight classification (TIWA)

1999 Frank Soto Hanks High School 125 pound weight classification (UIL)

 

Teams That Won THSCA State Championships

1972 Irvin High School EPISD Champions and State Champions

1973 Irvin High School State Champions (Coach Erv Blocksdorff)

1975 Burges High School State Runner-up (Coach Rick Ortega)

1976 Burges High School State Runner-up (Coach Rick Ortega)

1977 Burges High School State Champions (Coach Rick Ortega)

1978 Burges High School State Runner-up (Coach Rick Ortega)

1979 Burges High School THSCA State Champion (Coach Rick Ortega)

1980 Burges High School THSCA State Champions (Coach Rick Ortega)

1981 Burges High School THSCA State Runner-up (Coach Rick Ortega)

1982 Burges High School THSCA State Champions (Coach Rick Ortega)                                               

1985 Eastwood High School THSCA State Champions (Coach Ben Avalos)

1991 Burges High School THSCA State Runner-up (Coach Ron Dentinger)

1993 Burges High School THSCA State Runner-up (Coach Ron Dentinger)

1994 Eastwood High School THSCA State Runner-up (Coach David Boatright)

1995 Eastwood High School THSCA State Champion (Coach David Boatright

2000 Eastwood High UIL School State Runner-up (Coach David Boatright)

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