In last weekend's District 16-5A Team Dual Championship wrestling competition, Juarez-Lincoln High School emerged as the only school to qualify both boys and girls teams for the championship match. The girls emerged as district champs, while the boys took second place, falling to Nikki Rowe in the final match.
In what is traditionally an individual sport, team dual wrestling is as much a team sport as football, basketball, baseball and soccer. While the matches do pit individual wrestlers against each other, the points each wrestler earns are credited to his or her team and are tallied to determine the winner of each team vs team matchup.
In the boys tournament the LJJL Huskies came as close to bringing home the championship trophy as they could. After wrestling their way to the championship match, they took Nikki Rowe High School to overtime in the final match of the day before falling three points short.
“We went head-to-head as a team against the other 14 schools in our district,” explained Resendez. “In the first round we took on Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (PSJA) Memorial. We advanced and we went up against PSJA, High who we beat to advance to the semi-finals against McAllen Memorial. Memorial was tough, but we emerged victorious once again to meet Nikki Rowe in the finals.”
“Against Rowe we were tied at 33 going into the final match,” added Resendez. “That match went into overtime, but when all was said and done, it went their way to give them a 36-33 victory and earn us second place.”
Prior to finishing second in last weekend’s team dual tournament, Resendez’s boys finished at or near the top of three other tournaments this year - some of which included teams from outside the Valley.
“We’ve been doing pretty well this year,” said Resendez. “In our first tournament we took first place. We then went to the Nikki Rowe tournament where we came in third place against very tough competition including Corpus Christi King. Last week at the McAllen Memorial tournament we finished second to San Antonio Reagan.”
Among the Huskies’ top wrestlers this year are four that qualified for the regional tournament last year. They are Luis Villalobos (138 lbs), Esequiel Rodriguez (145 lbs), Rene Loredo (195 lbs) and Vicente Garcia (285 lbs).
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