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The Fight Continues: A Regional Meet Preview of Big 7 Wrestling

Rattlers gear up for State

The last test before the ultimate showcase is finally here. Big 7 wrestlers will travel to their respective UIL Regional Tournament sites this weekend, hoping to qualify for the state meet in Houston, Texas. Last weekend, 51 Big 7 wrestlers punched their ticket to regionals by placing in the top 4 of their weight classes.

Sharyland High School, the 23-24 District 16-5A Duals and Team Boys champions, will send eleven total athletes, the most of any Big 7 team, to regionals this weekend. The Mission Veterans Patriots and La Joya Coyotes will send the most female wrestlers to regionals this weekend, with four representatives for each school. The Sharyland High and Sharyland Pioneer High School boys will look to continue their regional successes with another top-ten team finish. Other Big 7 wrestlers are back in the regional tournament, looking to atone for last year’s disappointments or improve on past successes. Last year, 14 RGV athletes took home regional crowns and secured one seed at the state tournament. If history is correct, that number should hold or even increase.

La Joya Coyotes’ and Mission Eagles’ wrestlers will compete in the Region IV- 6A tournament this weekend at Littleton Gymnasium in San Antonio, Texas. The preliminary rounds will take place today, and final rounds will be tomorrow.

Mission Veterans Memorial, Sharyland, Sharyland Pioneer, La Joya Juarez-Lincoln, and La Joya Palmview High School wrestlers will compete in the Region IV-5A tournament this weekend at the Delco Activity Center in Austin, Texas. Preliminary rounds will take place today, and final rounds will be tomorrow.

Here are all the Big 7 athletes who qualified for their respective regional tournaments this weekend, including their overall record and their projected seeding for their regional tournaments:

Sharyland High School

Boys: 9 qualifiers

113: Aiden Baker 35-3, 1st seed, 120: Matthew Castillo 28-8, 3rd seed, 126: Achilles Trevino 18-14, 3rd seed, 132: Andres Bejarano 19-9, 2nd seed, 138: Nicholas Torres 31-3, 1st seed, 144: Kevin Nelson 23-8, 3rd seed, 150: Jorge Avila 27-6, 2nd seed, 157: Isaac Carrasco 7-3, 3rd seed, 175: Adriel Vargas 16-6, 3rd seed.

Girls: 2 qualifiers

100: Sofia Garcia 11-6, 3rd seed and 126: Elvia Davila 16-2, 1st seed.

Sharyland Pioneer High School

Boys: 7 qualifiers

106: Christian Aguirre 30-7, 3rd seed, 113: Roel Molar 22-8, 3rd seed, 120: Sebastian Contreras 28-1, 2nd seed, 132: Marcus Perales 18-6, 3rd seed, 144: Pedro Cordova 23-10, 4th seed, 165: Sean Espinoza 20-11, 4th seed, 215: Rey Mata 28-8, 2nd seed, 285: Joel Garza 32-3, 1st seed.

Girls: 2 qualifiers

100: Hailyn Gonzalez 20-7, 2nd seed and 120: Destiny Salinas 19-6, 3rd seed.

Mission High School

Boys: 2 qualifiers

165: Jose Garza 11-2, 1st seed and 285: Ammel Zamora 25-3, 1st seed.

Girls: 2 qualifiers

107: Zara Garza 20-16, 4th seed and 165: Kyreina Acevedo 19-14, 4th seed.

Mission Veterans Memorial High School

Boys: 2 qualifiers

175: Joaquin Cordero 31-4, 1st seed and 215: Diego Cordero 7-0, 1st seed.

Girls: 4 qualifiers

107: Kaylee Rodriguez 15-14, 2nd seed, 114: Soley Vela 21-3, 4th seed, 132: Allie Salas 22-3, 1st seed, and 152: Reanna Zapata 16-3, 2nd seed.

La Joya Palmview High School

Boys: 4 qualifiers

126: Rodrigo Nuncio 22-1, 1st seed, 138: Ezekiel Barrientos 24-9, 4th seed, 190: Randal Lara 6-1, 3rd seed and 285: Esteban Karr 15-3, 2nd seed.

Girls: 2 qualifiers

126: Yazmin Martinez 17-6, 4th seed and 185: Arianna Garcia 10-9, 3rd seed.

La Joya Juarez-Lincoln High School

Boys: 4 qualifiers

106: Angel Alaniz- 27-3, 3rd seed, 126: Mariano Ornelas- 24-10, 4th seed, 165: Alan Cerda- 23-10, 1st seed, and 215: Jose Cardoza- 15-7, 3rd seed.

Girls: 3 qualifiers

100: Julieta Chapa- 21-7, 4th seed, 107: Caroline Nuno- 13-17, 4th seed, 132: Dafne Gaona -29-11, 4th seed.

La Joya High School

Boys: 4 qualifiers

113: Jesus Martinez- 25-7, 1st seed, 138: Brandon Perez- 24-9, 3rd seed, 157: Aaron Urrutia -13-5, 3rd seed, and 285: Jeremiah Sandoval -13-7, 3rd seed.

Girls: 4 qualifiers

100: Britney Martinez 29-8, 3rd seed, 114: Ayan Cavazos 17-15, 4th seed, 145: Daisy Vega 16-5, 1st seed and 185: Kiara Ochoa 3-3, 4th seed.

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