|Posted by CoachBrining on February 21, 2017 at 1:15 PM|
It was business as usual for the Allen Eagles at the Region 2 Championships in Allen on February 17 and 18, 2017. Friday, the Eagles put 13 of 14 weight classes in the finals, won 40 of 42 matches, and 38 of those matches finished as bonus point victories. The Eagles ended Friday night with 300 points and the 2017 region 2 Championship team race locked.
The finals started out with two heart breaking losses for the eagles at 106 lbs. and 113 lbs. Gabe Martinez, Allen’s starting 106 lb. wrestler., got the opening take down and finished out the first period 2-0. But in the second period, Williamson from Trinity showed his skills on the mat by reversing Martinez in the second period and then riding him out the third to take the match into sudden victory overtime. Gabe ended up losing in double overtime 4-2.
Noah Yamens also gave the Eagle fans heart palpitations against former Best Trained wrestler and Plano East senior, Nathanael Rankin. Yamen’s was ahead in the third period before giving up a takedown late in the match to Rankin. The match ended up 9-8 as Rankins beat Yamens for the region 2 championship. This was a rematch of the District 8-6A finals that Rankin also won.
Alonzo Herrera, 120 lb. senior, got the Eagles back on their winning ways after Kidd received a controversial takedown and two back points. Kidd from Lake Highlands had Herrera down 5-4 going into the third period. That’s when Herrera flexed his muscles. He countered Kidd’s shot with a snake and got the crowd on their feet with the pin.
Logan Brown closed out an 8-7 victory over a very scrappy Adam Maestas of Mckinney Boyd. This match was a rematch of the District Finals. Brown won both matches. Also of note, 4 Wrestlers from District 8-6A placed top 6 at 126 at the 2017 Region 2 6-A tournament. Three of which qualified for state.
Trent Dooley knocked off the number one seed Zarik Anderson from Rockwall in his semifinal match 11-0. Dooley continued his dominance with a 7-4 Victory to take the Regional Title.
Hunter Gibson the Eagles 145 lbs. wrestler seemed in control of his Rockwall opponent Michael Duvall as he closed out the first period 2-0. During the second period, Gibson looked to be about to reverse his opponent when Duvall Put Gibson in a headlock and pinned Gibson.
Juwan Robinson, A. J. Ferrari, Braeden Redlin, and Evan Hackett didn’t allow their opponents to make it all six minutes. Juwan and Ferrari dispatched their dominance with points and secured technical falls, while Hackett and Redlin’s pinned their opponents in the first periods.
Mark had another rematch with McCoy of McKinney Boyd, and Mark widened the gap by defeating him this time by major decision 12-2.
Senior Justin Villegas was the dark horse of the tournament, coming in as a six seed and was previously Allen’s starter at 182 earlier in the year. He closed his regional finals opponent out 12-5, winning the title and making his first trip to the state tournament.
Allen’s Heavyweight Nico Manzonelli looked to make a statement to all the heavy weights in Texas during his finals match. As he pushed his opponent around repeatedly, he won another Regional Title with a dominance that wasn’t reflected in the final score of 7-4.
Alex Liles continues to be undefeated, and her move up to 138 doesn’t seem to affect her dominance. She finished the weekend with two pins and her 3rd regional title.
The Eagles finished the tournament with a final team score of 351 points, and their closest opponent Rockwall finished with 167 points. The eagles qualified 13 of 14 weight classes for the State Tournament. Allen’s next competition will be the State Tournament at the Berry Center, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD on February 24 and 25, 2017. Come support your Eagles as they go for their ninth consecutive State Title.
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