What do these random numbers mean? Nothing, unless you’re talking about the results of this weekend’s District 30 wrestling meet and the mighty Beeville Trojans.
Trojan wrestlers Amanda Villegas (95), Angela Salazar (128), Justin Cano (119), Christian Morón (125), Guy Rodriguez (130), Oscar Perez (135), Cordell Aguirre (140), Cody Hernandez (145), Brandon Jimenez (152), Aaron DeLeon (160), Victor Cardenas (171) and John Garza (180) make up the elite group of athletes that represented A.C. Jones High on Saturday.
Of the 56 originally on the wrestling roster in November, these 12 students proved to have the mettle to last the season, thus proving one of the team’s slogans: “Wrestling isn’t for everybody.”
Angela Salazar was the first Trojan to secure her first place medal with a first round pin. Justin Cano followed with a hard-fought bout in which he was down in the first period by 3 points and went on to win in over-time, 5-3. Morón’s match followed right after and might have been the best match of the day. After being up in the first period 4-2 against Robstown, Morón slipped and found himself wrestling hard for a victory that came late in the final period. The coaches were proud of the 125-pounder who has really developed this season. Cody Hernandez was the next Trojan to win gold on Saturday with an aggressive first round pin.
Beeville had second place finishes by Rodriguez, Cardenas, Garza and Villegas. Rodriguez was able to challenge C.C. King’s Jones for a second place finish and pinned Jones in the final round. Both Cardenas and Garza came up short in their final matches. Cardenas lost in the third round, 2-0, and Garza fell short, 10-6. The girls’ 95-pound finals match pitted Villegas against district rival Alex Sanchez from C.C. Ray. Although she wrestled tough, she was rolled through and pinned in the second period.
Perez, Aguirre, Jimenez, and DeLeon all helped the Trojans by finishing third and adding to the team points, which going into the finals, played a huge factor. With all of their hard work, the Beeville Trojans placed second in the district meet out of seven teams.
So the numbers 2, 4, 8, 12 and 3, what do they mean?
As a team these athletes placed second in district, with four first place finishers, eight moving on to the regional meet, and all 12 placed in the top three for each of their weight classes.
Although the season is over for some, all first and second place finishers hit the mats hard this week to prepare for the regional meet in San Antonio this weekend. What about the others?
“They are all part of the family and will be making their teammates better. These 12 athletes have shown what it takes to be a wrestler: heart, dedication, perseverance, confidence,” said head coach Terry Foster.
“They represent the 21 percent of the original roster that developed these characteristics, once again proving wrestling isn’t for everybody.”