|Posted by CoachBrining on March 22, 2017 at 1:25 PM|
The Allen Eagles rolled into Berry Center, in Cypress, Texas, on a mission to win their 8th consecutive State Championship, and the Allen wrestlers did not disappoint. Allen won 27 of 28 matches on Friday, and put 12 wrestlers in the semifinals, locking up their 8th consecutive state championship.
With the team race taken care of on Friday, it allowed the Eagles to go out, compete hard, and have fun. And they sure did that.
After losing his semifinal match, Gabe Martinez, a 106 lb. sophomore, won a 6-5 consolation semifinal barn burner to advance to the consolation finals match. He finished the tournament 3-2 and capped off his season with a 4th place medal.
Noah Yeamans went 2 for 2 on Friday before falling to Moreno of Austin Bowie in the semifinals. He defeated Chavez of Arlington Martin 6-5 and then blanked out Decker of Keller 6-0 to finish 3rd place.
Alonzo Herrera had two bonus points victories on his way to the finals. Alonzo got the first take down and seemed to be in the driver seat until his opponent James McClian of El Paso Franklin caught a wrist and tilted him up for 3 points and a ride out. Going into the 3 period, down 3-2, Alonzo chose to release McClian and in 2 hard-fought minutes, Herrea came up short, and McClian was the 6A 120 pound state champion.
At 126 lbs, Logan Brown sweeped singled his way to the finals. He faced off against undefeated senior Jack Skydlarczyk of Austin Westlake. The match was very even until Brown shot in with a high elbow; Brown was unable to recover from this mistake and lost by a pin. Logan Brown is a junior, so he will have another chance next year to bring home an individual state championship.
Trent Dooley suffered a heart breaking defeat in the Semifinals 3-2 to the eventual state champion, Manibog from Katy, but Trent bounced back, defeating Two Lance of Martin 2-1 and Anderson of Rockwall Heath 7-5, finishing his season with 3rd place medal.
The Eagle’s big guys have been their strength all season, starting with Juwan Robinson who finessed his way to the state finals. However, it wasn’t looking good in the 3rd period when Juwan was down by 8-5 with his opponent choosing the bottom position. With time ticking away, Samuel Mora of Tasco almost reversed Robinson when Juwan fell into a headlock. With the scored tied, Juwan went for the win. He scored off a tilt and road his opponent out for his second state championship.
Freshman phenom, A. J. Ferrei put the state of Texas on notice with 4 bonus point victories on his way to his first of many state championships to come.
Braden Redlin won his 3rd state championship, defeating Salisbery of Austin Westlake 6-4.
Evan Hackett hoped to double up after moving up from 170 lbs. and win a state champion as a junior. With about a minute left in the 3rd period and the score tied, Hackett made the mistake of a 3rd false start. He released Vasequz of El Paso Eastwood to try get a take down. Hackett was unable to get the takedown and was the state runner up at 182 lbs.
Senior Mark Ingleheart had a tall order to complete in the finals. He was facing number 2 ranked McCoy of Mckinney Boyd. Ingle Heart and Boyd had met in the finals of districts and regionals with Ingleheart defeating McCoy on both occasions. In workmanlike fashion, Ingleheart won in double overtime 3-2.
The comeback kid, Justin Villegas stormed his way to the state championship finals. In the finals, he faced Barns of Katy. Justin got into some flurries with Barnes and through chain wrestling, Justin hit a duck under and scored the first takedown, but the size difference of Barnes seemed to be to much for Villegas as the match continued. The scored ended up 8-4 with Villegas coming in second place.
Nico Manzonelli faced Williams of Heath in the state finals. Heath seemed to have a better game plan this time, as he scored two takedowns against Manzonelli, but Manzonelli was able to out last Rockwall Heath’s big man 8- 6 and finished his senior season a State Champion.
Final statistics for the tournament were Allen TX 265.5 points, 12 state placers, 9 state finalist, and 5 champions.