February 24, 2020
Cypress Creek High School senior Amanda McAleavey smiles and flashes two fingers after winning Class 6A’s 102-pound state title at the UIL Wrestling Championships on Feb. 22 at the Berry Center. McAleavey won her second consecutive title, adding this year’s gold medal to the title she won in 2019 in the 110-pound division.
Feb. 24, 2020—With a 2018 state semifinal loss still on her mind two years later, Cypress Creek High School senior Amanda McAleavey completed her quest for atonement on Saturday by winning the Class 6A 102-pound wrestling state championship. McAleavey was CFISD’s lone champion and among eight participants to earn top-six medals at the UIL Wrestling State Tournament, held Feb. 21-22 at the Berry Center.
McAleavey completed a second consecutive undefeated season by beating Rockwall’s Mia Arceneaux in a 5-1 decision. That pushed her record to 91-0 over the last two years. She added the 102-pound title to last year’s gold medal at 110 pounds and 2018’s bronze at 102 pounds.
“My sophomore year in 102, I lost in the semifinals,” McAleavey said. “I just wanted to come back and redeem myself and prove to myself that I could do it. Ending on a win really means a lot to me and I feel like it sets my record straight”
McAleavey’s older sister, Anna, was a four-time state qualifier for Cypress Creek and won two state championships and a silver medal from 2010-2012.
“There was pressure, especially at home and around the dinner table,” Amanda McAleavey said. “Everyone was asking if I was going to do it. I’m just proud to able to say I did.”
Cypress Ranch High School senior Nia Miranda, right, wrestles Plano West’s Leilani Hernandez in the Class 6A 148-pound championship at the UIL Wrestling Championships on Feb. 22 at the Berry Center. Miranda finished as the state runner up, adding to the third-place medal and team championship she earned in 2018.
Two CFISD standouts earned runner-up finishes.
Cypress Ranch High School senior Nia Miranda reached the 148-pound final before eventually falling to Plano West’s Leilani Hernandez. She finishes her decorated career with the silver medal to go with a bronze and team championship she helped Cypress Ranch in 2018.
“I’ve prepared for this since my freshman year and I’ve worked very hard,” Miranda said. “It’s been awesome because I just started my freshman year. So to be here feels pretty good.”
Cypress Park High School junior Fahydat Bello, right, wrestlers Katy Tompkins’ Kaitlyn Bryant in the Class 6A 165-pound championship at the UIL Wrestling Championships on Feb. 22 at the Berry Center. Bello earned her 100th career win during the tournament.
Cypress Park High School junior Fahydat Bello placed second in the 165-pound division. The championships began with Bello earning her 100th career win and ended with her atop the podium.
“I was here my freshman year and placed seventh, and last year I couldn’t wrestle because I was injured. So it felt really great to come back and be on that medal stand,” Bello said. “I used my injury as motivation because I wanted redemption.”
Cypress Creek was the highest-finishing CFISD team, scoring 42 points to place seventh overall. Cypress Park tied for 15th with 29 points.
Cypress Creek High School senior Maryellen Lafferty hugs Head Wrestling Coach Ryan Crosby after she won her fifth-place match in the Class 6A 128-pound division at the UIL State Wrestling Championships, held Feb. 21-22 at the Berry Center.
The following girls’ wrestlers placed among the top six in the state:
In the boys’ tournament, Cypress Ranch was the highest-placing team, finishing among the top 30 teams. The Mustangs scored 19 points to place 27th overall.
Cypress Ranch High School freshman Alexander Roberson-Moreira placed fourth in the Class 6A 106-pound division at the UIL State Wrestling Championships on Feb. 21-22 at the Berry Center.
The following boys’ wrestlers finished among the top six in the state:
View the complete state tournament results on the UIL website.
Jersey Village High School sophomore Yuki Janvier, right, wrestles Coppell’s Jackson Briscoe at the UIL Wrestling Championships on Feb. 22 at the Berry Center. Janvier placed sixth in the Class 6A 170-pound division.