Arlington Martin advances two wrestlers to state finals

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Arlington Martin took six wrestlers Friday to the UIL Wrestling State Tournament at the Curtis Culwell Center, in hopes of chasing down four-time UIL state champion Allen.

After the Warriors advanced only two wrestlers to Saturday’s semifinals, chances dimmed considerably. Martin is in second place and Bowie is sixth.

Martin’s Tanner Kuketz and Jose Taylor advanced to the finals at 120 pounds and 138, respectively.

Other Arlington teams also made a good showing, including finalists Ramiro Martinez of Seguin, 113; Quentin Perez of Arlington, 145; and Abbas Mounshed of Bowie, 160.

“We thought we’d have at least three or four in the finals, but that’s wrestling,” Martin coach Patrick Dunn said. “The objective is to get a team trophy. We don’t talk about individual or team titles. If your goal is to be a state placer, you’re always alive until your last match. We try to always have a positive outlook no matter what happens.”

Alive and wrestling

Blake Andrews continued his quest for a state title in the 220-pound division. The Grapevine senior pinned his way through to the finals.

Caleb Endert, the Region II champion from Colleyville Heritage, won his 160-pound first-round match by fall and improved to 12-2. Endert, who has been slowed by injury and illness, picked up a first-round win, but lost a 5-2 decision in the second round, sending him into the consolation round.

Daysha Woods of Sam Houston extended her winning streak to 49-0 at 102 pounds and will wrestle in the finals. Also, Southlake Carroll’s Michael Basler, 182 pounds, is in the finals. Keller Central’s Dylan Fawcett, a third-place finisher at the regionals, lost in the semifinals and dropped into the consolation.

First-day upsets

Among the surprises of the first day was the loss by Keller Central’s Ryan Lindberg at 106 pounds. The Region I champion won his first-round match with Noah Gile of Flower Mound, and was leading 7-0 in his quarterfinal match before being pinned by Andrea Giannetti of Langham Creek.

Also finding the going tough was Fort Worth Carter-Riverside’s Joseph Bunyavong, who was upset in the quarterfinals in an 11-1 decision by Talen Erwin of Amarillo. Keller Fossil Ridge’s Keith McGee notched a first-period fall in his first match, but lost 4-2 to Trey Smith of South Grand Prairie at 220. It was McGee’s first loss of the season.

Class 4A action

Saginaw Boswell took six boys and a girl to the Class 4A state meet, and Saginaw qualified three boys and seven girls.

Saginaw’s Julian Perez will wrestle for a state title Saturday at 182 pounds. Boswell’s Dustin Martinez, 170, and Saginaw’s Esdras Sanchez at 138 lost in their semifinals matches.

Saginaw’s Miah Acosta pinned her way to the finals at 215 pounds to run her season record to 21-1. She hopes to avenge her only loss, in the regional finals, to Kenyasha Paige of Carrollton Creekview.

Trophy Club Nelson’s Blake Bunce lost a 2-1 decision in the semifinals at 160 pounds.

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