Morton Ranch, Mayde Creek stand out at Westside
Morton Ranch and Mayde Creek brought a team victory and six individual championships back to Katy ISD from the Chicken Wing Invitational, Jan. 19 at Westside High School.
The Mavericks won the girls division with 177.5 points, finishing one spot ahead of the Rams, who had 111. They led a field of 15 scoring teams.
Morton Ranch took third in the boys division with 148 points. Mayde Creek scored 117, good for fifth.
Natalie Vasquez (95-pound class), Jordan Suarez (138) and Ashely Tapp (215) won bracket championships for Morton Ranch, with Illyauna Martinez (119) winning a gold medal for Mayde Creek.
Vasquez improved to 16-5 overall, pinning both opponents in 3 minutes, 56 seconds and 58 seconds, respectively. Suarez (29-2) won her semifinal match by technical fall and by fall at the 2:25 mark in the final. Tapp (23-4) pinned her opponents in :54 and 3:33.
The Mavericks had three more finalists in Kassandra Solis (102), Desiree Briggs (128) and Vanessa Flores (148). Solis’ took her final match to sudden victory.
Morton Ranch’s leading female wrestlers included Shaely Gutierrez (4th, 95), Nadia Vasquez (4th, 119), Logan Redford (6th, 110), Liliann Gomez Botelho (6th, 148) and Kelsa Douge (6th, 165).
Martinez led the Rams’ runner-up finish with a perfect three-match run. She improved to 24-8 while pinning her first two foes at 1:45 and :39 and winning 8-3 in the final.
Gwendolyn Grimes (128) and Andrea Solis (138) both won three of four matches for third-place finishes, all wins ending in a pin. Shaniya Cumdumi (215) won twice in her bracket, including the third-place match.
Mayde Creek’s female leaders included Adaja Johnson (4th, 215), Lydia Urteaga (5th, 95), Akilah Mosley (5th, 148), Nadya Mercado (6th, 102), Jermariah Ferguson (6th, 138) and Alexis McKinney (6th, 185).
Mayde Creek’s Garrett Wing added to his impressive season with the bracket championship in the boys’ 120 class. He improved to 44-2 with pins at the 4:00 and 3:14 marks preceding a 7-6 final decision.
Angel Almanzar reached the 138 final on the strength of two victories by technical fall. The Rams’ male leaders included Cameron Mitchell (4th, 285), Mark Garcia (5th, 106), Carlos Alvarado (5th, 182) and Matthew Johnston (6th, 160).
Rommel Azurin led the Mavericks with the 182 championship, improving to 19-2 overall. He won his quarterfinal in :56, advanced with a 12-7 decision and secured the title with a pin at the 3:04 mark.
Douglas Melrose (106), Pedro Trejo (132), Austin Bunton (170) and Juan Villareal (195) all reached their respective finals, all contributing at least 20 points.
Ruben Moreno (5th, 120), Edwin Merlos (5th, 220) and Mikell Goodwin (6th, 126) were among the Morton Ranch male leaders.