As wrestling nears the end of the schedule later this month, head coach Travis Clark and Euless Trinity prepare for a successful postseason run – ending with the UIL state championships Feb. 20-21 in Garland.
The boys will be looking to defend their district 5-6A title from a season ago, while the girls look to win one after placing second last year. The tournaments will take place at Grand Prairie High School this weekend, while the top four in each weight class will move on to compete in Allen on Feb. 13-14.
Even though a lot of underclassmen make up the teams, Clark, who's in his first year coaching at Trinity, has liked what the past has brought to the future.
“First of all, the former coach, Kelsey Lynes, recruited a solid group of kids that are willing to work hard in the classroom as well as on the wrestling mat. This makes my transition as a head coach at Trinity this year much easier,” he said.
“We also have a strong school district and parent support base that allows me to prepare the student-athletes to be as successful as possible with very few issues,” he added.
For the girls, they've placed in the top three in six of seven tournaments this season and have six wrestlers that have a combine season record of 141-39, headlined by senior Malavine Saafi and sophomore Paisley Zandi, who have placed in the top three and top four, respectively, in every tournament this season.
Zandi (28-6 record this season) is a returning state qualifier, while Saafi (24-5) placed fourth in states in 2014. Sophmore Savannah Bye is a returning state alternate and has a 28-8 record this year. The Trojans’ other senior is Kynna Hunter, who sports a 25-10 record.
On the boys side, four wrestlers have a combined 108-27 record this season, led by surprise freshman Harley Williamson in the 106-pound weight class (28-11). Senior Nic Brenner (27-5) and junior Nick Purcell (28-3) are returning state qualifiers for the Trojans. Junior Jadin Winfrey is also having a good season, going 25-8.