Unlike their 5A Lamar Consolidated ISD counterparts, the George Ranch High School wrestling program didn’t have to go far for their regional championships.
The Region III-6A wrestling championships were at the same location as the District 9-6A meet, Katy ISD’s Merrell Center.
And much like the district championship, George Ranch wrestlers earned gold medals.
The Longhorns’ Austin Stubbs and Luke Marvin earned the top prize in the 285-pound and 182-pound divisions.
The duo will enter the state championships with a combined record of 43-0 during the 2021 season.
In the 170-pound weight class, Samad Al-Khatib finished fifth overall, while Ryan Miller earned two wins at the regional meet in the 113-pound division.
The 2021 UIL State Wrestling 6A Championships will take place on Saturday, April 24, at the Berry Center in Cypress.
The 5A and 6A championships will not be held at the same time due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The top three individuals in each weight class advance to state from regionals.
In the 285-pound division, Stubbs needed three wins to earn the gold.
The Longhorn opened his regional efforts with a win by fall over Jersey Village’s Robert Herrada (3:51).
Stubbs followed that up with a win by fall over Bridgeland’s Mine Imarah (5:28) before a first-place match against another wrestler for Cy-Fair ISD.
Stubbs won the gold by decision, 13-10, over Cypress Park’s Jarra Anderson.
Marvin also needed three matches to win the 182-pound division gold.
Luke opened his run with a win by fall over Langham Creek’s Ryan Watkins (0:30).
In the semifinals, Marvin again earned a fall victory by beating Clear Creek’s Alex Ontiveros (0:53).
Marvin finished off the finals with a major decision victory over Lane Staton of Cinco Ranch (11-2).
Luke donned his cowboy hat to accept his gold medal.
Samad Al-Khatib was one of the Longhorns’ third district champions.
Unfortunately, Al-Khatib’s regional matches started with an overtime loss to Cypress Park’s Avante Williams (6-4) in the 170-pound division.
The road back to state became much harder in the consolation bracket.
Samad beat both Clear Lake’s Britton Johnson (14-2) and Summer Creek’s Kohl Marzetta (9-3) by decisions.
But in the consolation semifinals, Al-Khatib lost another close match to Houston Bellaire’s Jamey Duong by decision, 3-2.
Samad went out on a high note, beating Katy Tompkins’ Harris Masson in the fifth-place match by fall (4:18) to reach the medal standing.
In the 113-pound weight class, Ryan Miller started regionals with a win — beating Humble Atascocita’s John Billings by fall (1:09).
Miller lost his second match to Cy-Fair’s Cesar Rabago by fall (2:23).
In the consolation bracket, Miller beat Clear Creek’s Kennedy Pelico by fall (0:57) before losing to Mayde Creek’s Ty Ferguson by fall (2:48).