HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING

Local wrestlers headed to state tournament

Vandegrift wrestlers advance to state as regional champions for the third straight season

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The UIL Wrestling State Tournament begins Friday at the Berry Center in Cypress.

The first round of the boys’ double elimination tournament begins at 9 a.m. on Friday while the girls’ tournament begins at 11:30 a.m. The boys’ championship quarterfinals start at 1:30 p.m. and the girls’ begin at 4 p.m.

Saturday’s competition begins with the boys’ championship semifinals at 8:30 a.m. and the girls’ start at 10:30 a.m.

The title matches for both 5A and 6A boys and girls are at 4:45 on Saturday afternoon. 

Three of the six Cedar Park boys that qualified are ranked: No. 7 Levi Bell, No. 18 Chigozie Onyia, an alternate at 182-pounds, and No. 12 Jacob Munoz. Bell is making his second straight trip to the state tournament after wrestling on a broken ankle a year ago.

All four Rouse wrestlers that qualified for the state tournament are ranked. In the 160-pound weight class, Tanner Looney is the highest ranked Raider wrestler at No. 3.

Leander’s only participant, junior John Geiger, is ranked No. 6 at 120 pounds. 

Vandegrift won the regional title for the third year in a row this year. All but one Viper is ranked entering the state tournament: No. 16 Remy Jacops, No. 2 Noah Gochberg, No. 4 Luke Sloan, No. 17 Grant Riddle and No. 14 Dakota Kleffner. 

Vista Ridge senior Kelby Davis’ career almost ended after a gruesome leg injury after his sophomore season, but the No. 4 wrestler at 195-pounds is at the state tournament for the second year in a row.

In the girls’ division, Vista Ridge senior Alena Clavijo is the highest ranked local at the meet at No. 11 at 128-pounds, while Rouse junior Violet Hall is No. 12 in the 110-weight division. Cedar Park sophomore Cassidy King, an alternate in the 102-pound weight class, is No. 13 in the state.

Cedar Park

152-pounds: Hampton Jenschke 

160-pounds: Ethan Forbes

182-pounds: Chigozie Onyia (alternate)

195-pounds: Jacob Munoz

220-pounds: Levi Bell

285-pounds: Ben Bell

Girls: 

102-pounds: Cassidy King (alternate)

Rouse: 

106-pounds: Joel Komorn (alternate)

152-pounds: Thomas Tolbert 

160-pounds: Tanner Looney

285-pounds: Owen Kelly 

Girls: 

110-pounds: Violet Hall

Glenn: 

145-pounds: Brian Creel

195-pounds: Jacob Trim (alternate)

Girls:

110-pounds: Emmi Wilson 

128-pounds: Mea Mohler (alternate)

215-pounds: Morgan Bonvillian

Leander 

120-pounds: John Geiger

Vandegrift

106-pounds: Remy Jacops 

113-pounds: Noah Gochberg

126-pounds: Luke Sloan

152-pounds: Grant Riddle

170-pounds: Dakota Kleffner

220-pounds: Matt Sanders (alternate)

Vista Ridge

106-pounds: Troy Smith

126-pounds: Aaron Lofton

195-pounds: Kelby Davis

Girls: 

128-pounds: Alena Clavijo 

McNeil

132-pounds: Tyler Barker 

Girls:

110-pound: Bryce Matthews (alternate)

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