This is always a good measuring stick for the district tournament because of the developing competitive rivalry between the three schools.
A.C. Jones first squared off against Moody. After a rocky start, Beeville’s varsity boys team breezed by the Moody Trojans, 66-18, with pins by Mario Perez (125 pounds), Tristian Longoria (130) and freshman Anthony Ruiz (171).
Moody’s girls team was missing several of its participants but they received little mercy from Beeville’s Heidi (138) and Brittney (165) Rodriguez, who clinched victories in the first period by pin-fall.
When Beeville matched up against King, however, the shoe was on the other foot. Beeville’s only female win against King came from a tech-fall by April De Los Santos in the 119 weight class. De Los Santos dominated for three periods, before the officials had to put an end to the match due to her 17-3 lead (it’s like a run-rule victory for wrestling).
Once the girls were done, it was time for the main event. The Trojans faced off against their district rivals and came up just a match short, falling to their foes, 46-33.
Beeville wrestlers Paul Nguyen (112), Oscar Perez (140), Cordell Aguirre (145), Aaron DeLeon (152) and Brent Puga (285) all scored major teams points by pinning their competition.
But roster depth cost the Trojans a victory by forfeiting two weight classes, which upon winning, would’ve been a 24-point swing.
“Should’ve, could’ve, would’ve is easy to say but doesn’t get you far in sports or life,” head coach Terry Foster told his team.
“Now we know how truly valuable each one of us is to this team and to this program.”
The next time these teams face each other will be in a meet back on King’s mats on Jan. 4 and promises to have an electric atmosphere full of emotion and expectation, according to the coaches.