It has been a year of rebuilding for the George Ranch High School wrestling program, reloading and battling injuries leading up to the District 9-6A meet over the weekend in Katy.
“This group has embodied the Longhorn spirit and put in the hard work,” George Ranch head wrestling coach James Kirby said. “We’ll have quality over quantity at district and hopefully regionals.”
The 2020 District 9-6A Wrestling Championships will take place at the Merrill Center with a field composed of Houston Strake Jesuit, Katy, Cinco Ranch, Mayde Creek, Morton Ranch, Seven Lakes, Taylor, Tompkins and George Ranch.
The goal for these wrestlers besides district glory is earning one of the top four spots in each weight class to automatically qualify for regionals.
These four will advance to the regional tournament. At regional, the top four wrestlers in each weight class will advance to the state individual championships.
The 2020 Region III-6A meet will also be at the Merrell Center in Katy next week.
The top wrestlers for George Ranch entering the matches are junior Kayley Perez, sophomore Samad Al Khalid and Luke Marvin.
Perez is ranked 14th overall in the state in the 128-pound division.
Khalid is ranked 10th in the boys 170-pound division and Marvin is ranked 17th in the boys 182-pound division.
Coach Kirby also highlighted junior varsity call-ups Austin Stubbs and Judson Mixon.
Both wrestlers won their weight class events most recently at the Falcon Invite at 220 pounds and 195 pounds respectively.
The challenge will be steep for the Longhorns facing the deep field from the Katy ISD schools but it’s nothing new in the Longhorns, now in their fourth season in 6A.