CYPRESS — By the time the UIL State Wrestling tournament rolls around, every competitor has plenty of strength and most of them have good technique.
The difference for Jacob Munoz is mindset.
The Cedar Park senior won the state title in the 220-pound weight class Saturday afternoon at the Berry Center. He was up 8-4 before his opponent, Michael Gaisoa from Frisco Lone Star, had to retire with an injury.
“I had more time to focus and more time to work on just wrestling,” Munoz said. “I didn’t have any other sport to think about. The past four years have prepared me learning the smalls things that win championships.”
The Timberwolves finished 10th overall after junior Ben Bell won a 5-3 decision after a grueling match to take 3rd place in the heavyweight division and Hampton Jenschke finished in 6th place in the 152-pound division.
Munoz was a First-Team All-District defensive lineman this season and won one match at the state wrestling tournament last year in the 195-pound weight class.
“This team is wonderful, and I just continued to work from freshman year up,” Munoz said. “I was never a really profound wrestler until last year when I really got the flow of things and started to get it. The hardest part about it is knowing you have always go out there and fight. It’s a grind.”
It’s the second year in a Cedar Park wrestler was the gold medal in the 220-pound weight class after Levi Bell won a year ago.
“You’ve got to keep that mindset that every match is the same,” Munoz said. “Everybody is going to be good and everybody is going to be a grind. It’s who can outlast who.”
Glenn capped off a successful season with fours medals at the state tournament.
Mea Mohler won via fall in the 128-pound tournament and Maddison Hill won via injury at 138 pounds to finish with a pair of fifth-place finishes in the girls’ tournament while Kallon Guyton finished 4th for Glenn at 195 pounds and Jeff Diaku came in 6th at 285 pounds.
Rouse senior Violet Hall won 3-0 in the 5th place match at 110 pounds, while Raiders’ senior Thomas Tolbert won his second straight the bronze medal at the state tournament after a 4-1 decision in the consolation final at 160 pounds.
“Getting stronger was a big part of it,” Tolbert said. “Just believing in myself and my coach’s mental aspect was a big part of it. Just being able to calculate and capitalize on those big matches and stay calm. This year I really earned it because the kids I wrestled were a lot tougher.”