Cy Creek’s Amanda McAleavey and Klein’s Xochitl Mota-Pettis win state wrestling titles
Two northwest Houston area wrestlers finished unbeaten for the season by winning state titles in their respective weight classes, along with 16 others who placed in the top six, at the UIL Class 6A Wrestling State Championships, Feb. 22 and 23, at the Berry Center.
Klein senior Xochitl Mota-Pettis won the 128-pound weight class title and Cypress Creek junior Amanda McAleavey won the 110-pound title. Cypress Ranch senior Zack Good was also a championship finalist in the 160-pound weight class.
The Klein program placed the highest in the boys and girls teams standings for NW Houston teams.
The Lady Bearkats placed 10th with 43 points, Langham Creek placed 14th (36), Cy Ranch tied for 15th (32) Cy Creek placed 17th (31) and Klein Collins tied for 30th (17). Keller Timber Creek placed first (69), Coppell second (56) and Weatherford third (53).
The Klein boys placed 12th (39), Cy Ranch tied for 15th (37), Cy Falls tied for 25th (17) and Cy Lakes placed 28th (15.5). Allen finished first (241.5), Arlington Martin placed second (138) and Katy third (76).
McAleavey beat Keller Central’s Adia Ronea (Dec 4-0) in the girls 110-pound championship match.
“I worked very hard for it,” McAleavey said. “My whole life I was wrestling in youth with my brothers, I’m just happy that my dream finally came true.”
McAleavey capped the year unbeaten with a 47-0 record.
“I have to thank my whole season for my coaches, my teammates, my parents, my family, they really helped me a lot throughout of it all,” McAleavey said.
Mota-Pettis beat Rockwall Heath’s Clarissa Archuleta (MD 11-0) in the girls 128-pound championship match.
“I felt like I did pretty good, I don’t really let them (state titles) get to my head,” Mota-Pettis said.
Mota-Pettis finished the year unbeaten with a 45-0 record and has been a championship finalists three years in a row, with two wins.
“All I can say is I got the takedown record, that was my goal,” Mota-Pettis said. “The coaches did all they could to try to help us.”
Fellow Bearkat senior Colin Clark (51-3) beat Allen’s Zane Davis (Dec 6-4) in the boys 195-pound third place match.
“It was very satisfying, I was hoping to come out first but made some mistakes early on, had to work my way back to third,” Clark said. “I’ve come a long way, it means a lot, all the coaches that have helped me get to this point.”
Bearkat sophomore Eli Sheeren (53-5) lost to Plano West’s Brian Pollard (SV-1 4-2) in the boys 170-pound third place match and sophomore Cora Sek (39-8) beat Cypress Park junior Endygo Scott (24-9) by (Fall 2:45) in the girls 102-pound fifth place match.
“I thought it was an amazing run for our kids,” Klein head coach Michael Shipman said. “They wrestled well, even though some of them didn’t end up where they’d like to be, I thought they had an amazing season, ended very well with Xochitl being a state champ.
“I just ran the ship the way it’s always been run. The kids here at state were the leadership of the team, they’re the heart and soul of Bearkat wrestling, couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Good (35-4) lost to Katy’s Daniel Manibog (TF-1.5 4:17 (25-9)) in the boys 160-pound championship title match.
“It’s our first state finalist, he’s been having a tough year with injuries, but he came back, wrestled awesome and got himself in a great position to win a championship,” Cy Ranch head coach Chris Potter said. “Proud of Zack, he’s amazing.”
Langham Creek senior Ashley Molina (38-2) beat College Park’s Brittyn Corbishley (Dec 6-4) in the girls 185-pound third place match.
“It’s unbelievable,” Molina said. “I’ve lost to her twice already and this was finally the one. I’m going to miss it a lot, this was a lifestyle. It’s not just a little game you play every now and then, it’s a way you live.
“To anyone that’s wanting to wrestle, try it out and see how you like it, you never know. I started off as a swimmer and now I’m a three-time state qualifier.”
Cypress Lakes sophomore Johnathan Wertz (55-5) lost to Arlington Martin’s Zach Carpenter (Dec 8-6) in the girls 152-pound third place match.
Klein Collins sophomore Ashley Morris (45-12) lost to Rockwall’s Mia Arceneaux (Fall 1:59) in the girls 102-pound third place match.
Cy-Fair senior Garrett Orlando (39-5) beat El Paso Pebble Hills’ Dominic Melendez (Dec 7-1) in the boys 132-pound fifth place match.
“I didn’t meet my goals,” Orlando said. “The goal for a wrestler’s always odd place finishes, always win your last match. That’s been a goal of mine, to always win my last match, and I did it, feels good. I just want to thank my coaches, high school and club, without them I wouldn’t even be near as where I am today. I wouldn’t want to do it with anybody else.”
Langham Creek senior Zammariea Brandon (37-19) beat Cypress Ridge senior Destiny Lamb (39-7) via (M. For.) in the girls 165-pound fifth place match.
“They (Molina and Brandon) showed up ready to go, they’ve done everything that I’ve asked them to do throughout their entire careers,” Langham Creek head coach Jason Trahan said. “Just couldn’t be more proud of how they came out and fought today.”
Cy Ranch freshman Xavior Harrell (53-8) lost to College Park’s Jakob Smith (MD 13-4) in the boys 106-pound fifth place match.
Fellow Mustang senior Lydia Ramos (44-7) beat Pharr-San Juan-Alamo’s Nayeli Hernandez (Fall 4:25) in the girls 110-pound fifth place match and junior Olivia Mottley (60-4) lost to Katy’s Zahra Metzgar (Fall 0:41) in the girls 110-pound fifth place match.
“We keep trying to get better every year and we have,” Potter said referring to his program. “Little disappointing finish with the girls side but we still had two places, I had a freshman place, so I’m happy. They work hard, they earn everything they get and we’ll we back next year.
“Just want to thank all of our administrators, all our people in athletics have been awesome, the kids and the parents just everyone, we’re strength through family and we live by that. It’s not just our wresting team, we’re only as good as the people surrounding us and we have it real good. We’re going to keep getting better and better.”
Cypress Falls senior Isaih Calderon (26-3) beat Keller Central’s Jacob Garcia (Dec 7-5) in the boys 120-pound fifth place match.
Klein Cain junior Moe Cruz (41-10) lost to Keller Central’s Anabelle Garcia (Fall 2:15) in the girls 95-pound fifth place match.
Other team results, the Klein Cain girls placed 34th (13), Cypress Park placed 37th (11), Cy Ridge tied for 43rd (7), Klein Oak tied for 46th (6), Cypress Woods tied for 48th (4) and Cy Lakes tied for 57th (3).
The Cy-Fair boys tied for 41st (9), Klein Collins tied for 63rd (2) and Cy Creek and Cy Woods tied for 69th (1).
Over 60 wrestlers from NW Houston qualified to the state tournament, for complete results visit trackwrestling.com.