Four Lamar Consolidated ISD wrestling programs took the over five-hour drive to Anna High School north of Dallas for the Region III-5A wrestling championships this past weekend.
The long trek was worthwhile with Foster and Fulshear wrestlers earning spots at state.
Foster’s Corbin Roy and Madison Canales won gold medals. Roy was first in the boys’ 120-pound division, and Canales was first in the girls’ 119-pound division.
Fulshear’s Seth Smith became the second charger to reach the state competition with a third-place finish in the boys’ 220-pound division.
The 2021 UIL State Wrestling 5A Championships will occur on Friday, April 23, at the Berry Center in Cypress.
Protect the nest
The Foster Falcons brought 12 wrestlers to the regional meet, and six were able to place.
On the girls’ side, Canales won all three of her matches by fall. She beat Georgetown’s Alexis Kerr (0:24), Friendswood’s Madison Sandoz (0:16) and Houston Northside’s Alicia Brown by technical fall (3:26, 17-2).
In the 95-pound class, Jeannie Hawkins earned fourth place. Hawkins beat Jordan Mores of Carrollton Creekview by fall (2:47) before a loss to Friendswood’s Bailey Jarvis by fall (4:40) and Houston Milby’s Sabrina Chavarria by fall in the third-place match (2:37).
Taylor Rich was fourth in the 215 class, beating Houston Waltrip’s Caren Garcia by fall (0:30), Taylyn Smith of Lampasas by fall (2:40) and Waller’s Kirsten McBride by fall (3:35) before losing a second match to Princeton’s Emma Lozada by fall (2:22).
Molly Ashcraft was fifth in the 165-pound weight class, earning wins over Huntsville’s Randaiza Bryant by 9-2 decision, Houston Milby’s Cassandra Martinez in sudden victory (8-7) and New Waverly’s Bethany Brock by fall (2:13).
In the 110-pound weight class, Mia Sands beat Pflugerville Hendrickson by fall (1:37) and Anna’s Jazmine Moreno by fall (4:43) before losing in the consolation rounds.
In the 138-pound division, Andrea Rivera beat Melissa’s Ashely Vasquez by fall (2:43) before losing the consolation rounds.
For the boys, Roy needed three matches to earn the gold medal. He won his first two matches by fall over Georgetown’s Jensen Howell (0:33) and Princeton’s Conner Leon (0:40).
The finals ended with Roy earning a 5-2 decision over Highland Parks’ Jacob Waskey.
John Tanner Dulin finished fifth in the 195-pound weight class.
Dulin won his first match over Bryan Rudder’s Ryne Hutchinson (fall, 2:41) before losing to Lucas Lovejoy’s Jakob Underwood (fall, 0:14).
The Foster Falcon rebounded with consolation wins over Houston Madison’s Charles McClennon (fall, 0:44) and Caney Creek’s James Vera (fall, 1:25).
Dulin lost his consolation semifinals match against Princeton’s Cain Brentnall (fall, 0:54), but won the fifth-place match over Georgetown’s Braydon Noel (fall, 1:48).
Joshua Martinez beat Georgetown’s Brian Hargrave (fall, 2:15) but lost matches to Lucas Lovejoy’s Austin Blair (fall, 4:41) and Fulshear’s Seth Smtih (fall, 2:26) in the 220-pound division.
Tyler Geades in 170 and Xavier Hernandez in 138 lost both their regional matches. Geades lost two decisions to Georgetown’s Daniel Marion (7-1) and Caney Creek’s Jaden Mackinnon (11-0).
In the 126-pound division, Khoi Hoang beat Paetow’s Erick Solano by fall (0:58) but lost to Georgetown’s Colton Snodgrass (13-7) and A&M Consolidated’s Samuel Chew (9-7).
Seth Smith ended up presenting Fulshear in five regionals matches over the weekend.
Smith lost his opening round match in the 220-pound division to Melissa’s Bryson Zufelt by decision (10-5).
Smith would rebound by winning his next four matches. He won his first two consolation matches by fall, beating Lampasas’ Anthony Harris (4:41) and Foster’s Joshua Martinez (2:26).
In the consolation semifinals, Smith avenged his loss to Zufelt with a 4-2 decision victory.
In the third-place match, Smith beat Waller’s Alexis Lopez by decision, 10-8.
Fellow Chargers Mitchell McBride and Adrian Robert Torres lost both of their matches at regionals.
In the 132-pound division, McBride lost to Lampasas’ Rylan Myers (5:13) and Paetow’s Austen Hirsekorn (2:37) by fall.
At 182 pounds, Torres lost to Caney Creek’s Joshua Phillips (4:46) and Huntsville’s Troy Joseph (1:30) by fall.
Terry’s top finisher was Travis LaChapelle, who finished sixth in the boys’ 106-pound division.
The Ranger lost his opening match to Lucas Lovejoy’s Jackson Lambert by fall (0:44) before LaChappelle won his next two matches, including two fall victories over Huntsville’s Noah Dierksheide (1:41) and Melissa’s Camden Spragg (2:49).
LaChapelle lost the consolation semifinal match to A&M Consolidated’s Mitchell Criscione by a tight 1-0 decision before a final loss to Georgetown’s Alexander Guinn in the fifth place by fall (5:00).
David Velasquez and Joshua Martinez lost both their regional matches.
Velasquez lost by fall to Houston Waltrip’s Willis KeShawn (1:57) and Lucas Lovejoy’s Isiah Hunter (1:50) by fall in the 145-pound division.
Martinez lost to Princeton’s Anthony Scalise (1:27) and A&M Consolidated's Tony Taplin (2:43) by fall in the 285-pound division.
Lamar Consolidated had four wrestlers in the boys’ championships, and Nicholas Barron was able to collect a regional win in the 152-pound weight class.
Barron defeated Georgetown’s Aidan Schenck by technical fall (19-2) before losing to Carrolton Creekview’s Connor Morin in the state quarterfinals by fall (3:01).
Barron split his matches in the consolation bracket, beating Houston Northside’s Javier Garces by fall (4:17) and losing to Waller’s Angel Rojas by a 5-0 decision.
In the 106-pound weight class, Elijah Willis lost to Highland Park’s Cooper Chapman by fall (0:49) and Georgetown’s Alexander Guinn by fall (2:15).
Rodney Munoz lost to Friendswood’s Aubrey Large (fall, 1:03) and Caney Creek’s Jaxon Lawhorn (tech fall, 15-0) in the 145-pound weight class.
In the 160-pound division, Chris Castillo lost to Cameron Yoe’s Jordan Wells (fall, 1:05) and New Waverly’s Antonio Upson (fall, 1:25).
For the girls, Melody Ramos lost two matches to Bryan Rudder’s Abigail Mitchell (fall, 1:56) and Carrolton Creekview’s Shelbi Baker (fall, 2:42).