District wrestlers capture 11 medals in state tournament

February 26, 2017

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Cypress Falls High School junior Augustina Ijoma placed highest among CFISD wrestlers at the UIL Wrestling State Tournament, finishing second in the 165-pound girls’ division.

Feb. 26, 2017—Eleven CFISD wrestlers earned top-six medals at the UIL Wrestling State Tournament, held for the second consecutive year at CFISD’s Berry Center, Feb. 24-25.

Cypress Falls High School junior Augustina Ijoma was the only CFISD wrestler to qualify for the finals, and helped the girls’ team place 22nd overall with 22 points. Ijoma (38-7) improved her third-place finish from 2016 by placing second in the 165-pound bracket, losing by pinfall to Seven Lakes’ Megan Lloyd in the championship.

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Cypress Ridge High School junior Esthela Treviño, top, placed third in the state in the 95-pound girls’ division.

“Since my freshman year I have been getting more confident in my abilities as a wrestler,” Ijoma said. “I’m proud of how far I came and how I wrestled in this tournament. I had the whole team backing me up for this. Next year my goal is to be the state champion.”

Other CFISD girls’ teams placing among the top 30 were Cypress Ridge High School (26th, 21 points) and Langham Creek High School (27th, 20 points).

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Cypress Lakes High School senior Brittany Martini, right, placed third in the state in the 128-pound girls’ division.

Cypress Ridge junior Eshela Treviño improved upon her sixth-place finish from 2016 by placing third overall in the 95-pound weight class.

“I was beyond excited,” Treviño said. I was way better than where I thought I would be. I keep telling myself I have worked harder and want it more than they do. Next year [first place is] mine. I’m ready for it, honestly.”

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Cypress Woods High School senior Henry Rossiter placed fourth in the 182-pound boys’ division for the second consecutive year.

CFISD’s other top-three finisher was Cypress Lakes senior Brittany Martini, who defeated McAllen’s Serena Cervantes in the third-place match.

“It feels good. I’m glad I stayed focused and didn’t let the earlier loss get to my head,” she said. “During the last match Coach [Joaquin Bautista] said I needed to come up from the bottom and score. I did it and then he told me to just stick it through and not give up. That’s what I did.”

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Langham Creek High School Head Coach Jason Trahan congratulates sophomore Ashley Molina after she won her fifth-place match in the 185-pound girls’ division at the state tournament on Feb. 25.

The following girls’ wrestlers placed among the top six in the state:

  • Augustina Ijoma, Cypress Falls – second place, 165 pounds;
  • Esthela Treviño, Cypress Ridge – third place, 95 pounds;
  • Brittany Martini, Cypress Lakes – third place, 128 pounds;
  • Kaitlyn Banas, Cypress Ranch – fifth place, 102 pounds;
  • Ashley Molina, Langham Creek – fifth place, 185 pounds;
  • Alissa Sheikh, Cypress Creek – sixth place, 119 pounds; and
  • Julia Goodman, Cypress Woods – sixth place, 185 pounds.

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Cypress Ranch High School junior Kaitlyn Banas displays her fifth-place medal won in the 102-pound girls’ division at the state tournament.

In the boys’ tournament, Cypress Woods High School was the highest-placing team at 27th with 20 points.

Senior Henry Rossiter placed fourth in the state in the 182-pound bracket for the second consecutive year, losing to Southlake Carroll’s Adam Lindberg in the third-place match.

“It was a disappointing finish for me, but I had a good ride for four years,” Rossiter said. “I’m happy that I wrestled for four years and stuck with it and my career was successful in general. I had tunnel vision on at least making the championship. It was disappointing when I lost the semifinal match and I had a tough time recovering, but I’m not too devastated.”

The following boys’ wrestlers placed among the top six in the state:

  • Henry Rossiter, Cypress Woods – fourth place, 182 pounds;
  • Isaih Calderon, Cypress Falls – fifth place, 106 pounds;
  • Joaquin Bautista, Cypress Lakes – fifth place, 132 pounds; and
  • Matthew Garcia, Jersey Village – sixth place, 220 pounds.

Visit the UIL Wrestling State Tournament website for more information.

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