Wrestling fights for wins

The wresting teams both competed this weekend, with the girls taking home a first place title.

Jason Thurston

The wresting teams both competed this weekend, with the girls taking home a first place title.

Keegan Williams, Sports Editor

The wrestling teams had a big weekend with the girls competing in the Caprock Tournament, and the boys wresting in the Texas State Duals.

The girls wrestling team took first in the Caprock Tournament as they fought to beat out defending state champions El Paso Hanks, winning by five points.

“This one is probably the second toughest [tournament], but it’s all Amarillo schools and El Paso schools,” assistant wrestling coach Tim Brennan said. “They did unbelievable.”

“Individually, the team had 3 first place wins, Martha Moore, Logan Mize, and Kyra Austin got first, Miranda Tyler got second, and Ashley Cook got fourth,” Brennan said.

The girls exceeded all expectations, and managed to reach the goal they’ve been working for.

“As a team we did pretty good,” senior Kyra Austin said. “Considering we got second in state last year and the team we went up there for was El Paso hanks and we ended up knocking some of their girls out of the tournament to take first.”

Austin, along with taking first in her weight class, reached 100 pins, becoming only the second person in school history to do so, and the only girl ever.

“It’s a really cool standard to set for the team,” Austin said. ”I set that bar in paper and on documents and it’s just cool.”

The boys ended up in fourth place at the Texas State Duals, which although a step down from winning last season, just leaves room for improvement.

“The boys fought hard,” Brennan said. “We lost two close matches, but they didn’t back down, they went after it.”

The team was able to still take fourth place despite not having senior Jordan Robison wrestling alongside the team, due to waking up with the flu the morning of.

“Jordan, who is our spiritual leader, woke up with a flu,” Brennan said. “So we didn’t have him, but his replacements still did well and fought hard.”

Both teams showed up to wrestle their best and despite the outcome, their hard work didn’t go unnoticed.

“Our team basically achieved everything that we’ve  been working for since last spring,” Austin said. “And overall even our backup and JV girls just pulled in wins for us.”