Written by Luciano Guerra Friday, 22 February 2013 07:00
The La Joya High School wrestling team has two state qualifiers among the two boys and three girls who competed at the Region IV-5A meet in San Antonio two weeks ago. The Coyotes have quality even if they do not have quantity.
As one of La Joya’s two state qualifiers, Kristian Rivera came within one win of bringing home a regional championship. Winning his first three matches in the 220-lb. weight class, Rivera advanced to the championship match where he put up a good fight but fell short against last year’s regional silver medalist Nick Mabry from New Braunfels’ Canyon High School.
Despite his championship match loss, Rivera’s season record currently stands at 32-2. He went two and out at last year’s regional meet. That combined with dealing with a less than ideal home situation makes his success this year even more impressive, according to first year La Joya Head Wrestling Coach James Muzquiz.