Make it a handful.
Make it a handful.
Katy High’s boys wrestling team won its fifth consecutive regional championship on Saturday, Feb. 15, besting second-place Seven Lakes by almost 100 points at the Region III-6A tournament at the Merrell Center.
“I don’t know that it’s sunk in,” coach Vinnie Lowe said. “I’ve been blessed these last five, seven years with kids that really buy in. They work hard and they set high expectations for themselves. The kids, the families, the coaching staff. It just all seems to be coming together at the right time.”
The Tiger boys scored 221 points. Terrific by any measure, but a wee bit short of the 225-point standard they had set for themselves.
“Our guys went in with a specific goal as a team, and they came pretty darn close point-wise,” Lowe said. “We stumbled a bit in the medal rounds, but those are tough matches.”
Senior Kishawn Higgins, and juniors Luke Holland and Truman Timmons won individual regional titles.
Higgins, a defending state champion, improved to 50-1 in his 170-pound weight class.
“He’s a heck of an athlete,” Lowe said. “It’s amazing to watch what he can do when he gets out there on the mat. It’s almost like he surprises me every time. He can still work on picking up the pace and staying after kids. We push trying to work hard throughout a match, keep the pace up and keep the scoring and aggression up. You’re trying to make conditioning be a factor for your opponent as well.”
Other Katy ISD boys individual regional champions were Taylor senior Curshawn Wilkins, Seven Lakes junior Joe Racicot and Tompkins junior Harris Masson.
The Spartans boys finished second with 121.5 points, followed by Cypress Woods and Cinco Ranch tying for third with 113 points apiece.
On the girls’ side, Tompkins continued its upstart program-best season to win the regional girls team championship. The Falcons scored 140 points and qualified five of 10 weight classes to state.
“I was proud of our consistency over the last week of not letting the happiness or excitement of the district title derail us from what we were able to do this weekend,” Tompkins coach Derek Ankney said. “They’re starting to see how dangerous of a team they can be when they are focused. I don’t know if they realized at the start of the season just how strong they could be, but they have definitely come to see that now.”
Tompkins juniors Nicole Blinn, Kaitlyn Bryant and Lilly Broadrick won individual regional titles. They have a combined record of 107-8.
“Their dedication to the craft is something,” Ankney said of his star junior trio. “The amount of time they put in outside of the season … it’s just been amazing. They grind, they work hard, and they’re seeing some of the fruits of their labor. I can’t say enough good things about the junior class in general.”
Other Katy ISD girls individual regional champions were Morton Ranch senior Jordan Suarez, Mayde Creek senior Illyauna Martinez, Morton Ranch sophomore Natalie Vasquez and Cinco Ranch junior Isabella Walsh.
Morton Ranch’s girls finished in second with 127 points, followed by Cypress Park in third with 86.5, Seven Lakes in fourth with 78 and Mayde Creek in fifth with 59.
Katy’s boys and Tompkins’ girls each won their respective District 9-6A championships the previous week, making it a clean sweep of the postseason so far for them.
Following is the Region 3-6A district champion in each weight class, along with their grade and season record. The top four individual placers in each weight class advance to the state meet.
>> 285: 1. Curshawn Wilkins, sr., Taylor, 40-3; 2. Angel Robles Perdomo, sr., Cypress Woods; 3. Austin Stubbs, jr., George Ranch; 4. Sylvester Villarreal, sr., Cypress Ridge.
>> 220: 1. Derek Cole, sr., Brazoswood, 32-2; 2. Daelon Clark, sr., Westside; 3. Bryan Gutierrez, sr., Cypress Park; 4. Larry Everfield, sr., Clear Lake.
>> 195: 1. Joe Racicot, jr., Seven Lakes, 41-5; 2. Jayden Turner, sr., Cinco Ranch; 3. Jeremiah Howard, jr., Cypress Creek; 4. Broc Marzetta, sr., Summer Creek.
>> 182: 1. Marc Hawthorne, sr., Cypress Woods, 46-11; 2. Barto Radman, sr., Seven Lakes; 3. Lane Staton, jr., Cinco Ranch; 4. Luke Marvin, jr., George Ranch.
>> 170: 1. Kishawn Higgins, sr., Katy, 50-1; 2. Yuki Janvier, sr., Jersey Village; 3. Samad Al-Khatib, so., George Ranch; 4. Marvin Brewster, jr., Cypress Woods.
>> 160: 1. Harris Masson, jr. Tompkins, 35-9; 2. Jacob Kelske, sr., Katy; 3. Lester Batres, jr., Kingwood; 4. Ethan Kallis, sr., Taylor.
>> 152: 1. Caleb Mata, so., Clear Lake, 36-2; 2. Ty Wright, sr., Katy; 3. David Latuff, sr., Cypress Woods; 4. Max Vuyk, sr., Tompkins.
>> 145: 1. Truman Timmons, jr., Katy, 44-11; 2. Jonathan Lizama, sr., Morton Ranch; 3. Michael Amico, so., Seven Lakes; 4. Konnor Wright, jr., Kingwood.
>> 138: 1. Ian Sandoz, sr., Clear Brook, 37-4; 2. Jireh Howard, sr., Cypress Creek; 3. Mason Wilke, jr. Tompkins; 4. Tomas Fuentes, so., Cinco Ranch.
>> 132: 1. Luke Holland, jr., Katy, 43-9; 2. Michael Bone, so., Taylor; 3. Mikell Goodwin, so., Morton Ranch; 4. Luc Boucher, sr., Seven Lakes.
>> 126: 1. Ruben Calderon, jr., Cypress Falls, 45-3; 2. Cole Minnick, jr., Tompkins; 3. Tyler Sliman, sr., Katy; 4. Logan Long, jr., Clear Lake.
>> 120: 1. Christian Lopez, sr., Westside, 46-5; 2. Jackson Crandall, jr., Katy; 3. Ruben Moreno, jr., Morton Ranch; 4. Ian Blanchard, sr., Cypress Woods.
>> 113: 1. Micah White, jr., Kingwood, 42-4; 2. Xavior Harrell, so., Cypress Ranch; 3. Jeremy Manibog, fr., Katy; 4. Randy Pelayo, sr., Westside.
>> 106: 1. Alexander Robeson-Moreira, fr., Cypress Ranch, 42-10; 2. Douglas Melrose, sr., Morton Ranch; 3. Phoenix Medrano-Martinez, fr., Katy; 4. Esai Deras, jr., Cinco Ranch.
>> 215: 1. Callie Youngblood, jr., Bridgeland, 29-5; 2. Melanie Oyervides, jr. Cypress Ridge; 3. Rewa Chababo, so., Mayde Creek; 4. Chelsea Andrade, jr. Tompkins.
>> 185: 1. Nicole Blinn, jr., Tompkins, 35-5; 2. Nesmah Zahran, so., Taylor; 3. Kinsley Staggs, sr., Langham Creek; 4. Annmarie Janssen, so., Seven Lakes.
>> 165: 1. Kaitlyn Bryant, jr., Tompkins, 40-0; 2. Fahydat Bello, jr., Cypress Park; 3. Camryn Tresler, so., Clear Falls; 4. Alexandra Cisneros, jr., Bridgeland.
>> 148: 1. Nia Miranda, sr., Cypress Ranch, 44-1; 2. Mia Cayard, fr., Clear Lake; 3. Khadijah Sanusi, jr., Langham Creek; 4. Kailee McCarty, jr., Cypress Ridge
>> 138: 1. Jordan Suarez, sr., Morton Ranch, 40-1; 2. Andrea Tamez, jr., Tompkins; 3. Krista Garcia, sr., Seven Lakes; 4. Graycen Hall, jr., Katy.
>> 128: 1. Illyauna Martinez, sr., Mayde Creek, 38-6; 2. Maryellen Lafferty, sr., Cypress Creek; 3. Desiree Briggs, sr., Morton Ranch; 4. Deborah Hubbard, jr., Cypress Ridge.
>> 119: 1. Lilly Broadrick, jr., Tompkins, 32-3; 2. Didi Box, sr., Katy; 3. Blanca Cuevas, sr., Cy-Fair; 4. Jaia Ashley, sr., Jersey Village.
>> 110: 1. Natalie Vasquez, so., Morton Ranch, 20-10; 2. Aliyah Trigueros, so., Cy-Fair; 3. Nakeeya Blaze, jr., Jersey Village; 4. Joselin Hernandez, sr., Cinco Ranch.
>> 102: 1. Amanda Mcaleavey, sr., Cypress Park, 34-0; 2. Brittany Cotter, jr., Morton Ranch; 3. Endygo Scott, sr., Cypress Park; 4. Zhivanna Magdaleno, so., Clear Springs.
>> 95: 1. Isabella Walsh, jr., Cinco Ranch, 30-11; 2. Rachel Cotter, fr., Morton Ranch; 3. Dana Ruiz, sr., Cypress Park; 4. Daniella Bradley Jimenez, jr., Cypress Woods.
At the Region III-5A championships on Feb. 15 in Pflugerville, Paetow’s girls team finished eighth with a score of 61 points. The Panther boys finished 13th with a score of 59.
Still, Paetow is sending four representatives to the state tournament.
Junior Josiah Bernhardt qualified for state, finishing second in his 152 class. Bernhardt fell to Lucas Lovejoy’s Alex Vislosky in the first-place match and is 33-5 this season.
Junior John Abney is also going to state. He placed fourth in his 126 class and improved to 24-9. Junior Jeremiah Marquez also qualified for state by placing fourth in his 195 class. He is 23-8 this season
Panthers junior Brittney Galindo qualified for state in her 102 class by finishing third and is the first Panther girls wrestler to make it to state. She topped Carrollton Creekview’s Avery Campbell in the third-place match via 8-7 decision. Galindo is 32-6 this season.
In all, Katy ISD will send 31 boys and 20 girls to the state tournament that will be held Feb. 21-22 at the Berry Center in Cypress.