Redhawks sink their talons into first


Michael Martin

Wrestling had mixed outcomes on the boys’ and girls’ side with boys’ earning a 57-15 win against Lebanon Trail but losing 40-32 to Centennial, and the girls’ winning both duals.

Michael Coppinger, Sports Reporter

It’s on to the UIL 5A state wrestling tournament for senior De’Leon Freeman, junior Mercede Alvarez, and senior Sarah Ramos who automatically qualified after placing in the top four at 5A Region II tournament Friday and Saturday. 

For senior De’Leon Freeman, winning the region championship at 220 lbs, entering the state tournament signifies the reward of a season of hard work and dedication. 

“I put in all that hard work over the summer,” Freeman said. “It feels great to make it here.”

On the other hand, junior Mercede Alvarez, another regional champion (110 lbs), recognizes the improvement the season brought.

“Advancing in state means I’ve made progress from last year when I didn’t make it to state,” Alvarez said via text.

Either way, the three RedHawks will give the state competition all that they have.

“There’s no pressure, I just treat it like a regular match and tournament,” Freeman said. “I have to have a “cool mind and hot body” quoting my Coach Bridwell.”