Once again Weatherford High will be well-represented at the University Interscholastic League State Wrestling Championships. Eight members of the WHS squad will be competing in Houston this weekend, four girls and four boys.
Camille Fournier will be making a return to state for the Lady Kangaroos after placing second in the 102-pound division at this past weekend's Class 6A Region I Tournament in Haltom. She brings a 41-3 record into state.
Joining Fournier, who is ranked second in the state, will be Kadee Kelley (37-7) and Kaylynn Green (28-9), who took third at regionals in the 119 and 165 classifications. Sydney Fenus (28-12) is an alternate at 215 after a fifth-place finish at regionals.
Three Kangaroos and an alternate will also be making the trip. Mason Woodward (38-5) placed second at 120 pounds, Kalen Napier (32-8) was third at 106, and Terell Napier (29-11) was third at 195. Moises Oropeza (33-17) finished fifth at 152 pounds.
Kalen Napier's only loss at regionals was to the the No. 1 wrestler in the state in his weight class. He enters the tournament ranked seventh in the state.
Woodward's only regionals loss also came to the No. 1 wrestler in his weight class, while he did defeat the No. 2 wrestler in the state. Terell Napier's lone regionals setback was to the No. 2 wrestler in his weight class.
"The girl we will have to beat is from Arlington Martin," Lady Kangaroos coach Read Sanders said of Fournier. "She will be our only challenge. We will face her in the finals.
"Kadee is ranked third in state, but her weight class is loaded with great wrestlers. She will have to perform well but has a great chance to place this year. Kaylynn is ranked 20th at the moment, but beat the fifth-ranked girl at regionals and only lost to the fourth-place girl by a point."
This is Fenus' second straight year to be a state alternate.
Also for the Kangaroos, returning state qualifier Jeremiah Hatfield was in the quarterfinals when he was injured and unable to compete anymore.