The Trojan wrestling season is off and running and the Trojans are faced with a little tougher year than normal as graduation, injuries and grades have taken a toll on coach Terry Foster’s grapplers.
The Trojans will rebound though as they have a deep and long history of wrestling achievement behind them. It’s a tradition at A. C. Jones that the wrestlers always compete to the best of their abilities and come out on top.
Wrestling became a sport for the Trojans back in 1998. The boys had a run of seven straight district championships while the Lady Trojans have also become a force to be reckoned with three district title of their own. The Trojans, under coach Foster, have produced 54 district title holders with 110 Region IV qualifiers and 30 state qualifiers. Three Trojans have placed at the state tournament over the years. It is a tradition rich in success.
The wrestling team started their season on Nov. 11 with a tri-match with Corpus Christi Carroll and King.
“We were obviously without some of our wrestlers due to the success of our football team and injuries. We should be back to form when these athletes return and we can rearrange our current line up,” said coach Foster.
Against Carroll, Beeville’s Ruben Espino at 145 pounds won a decision over his Tiger opponent. Trojans Victor Cardenas (171 lbs.) and Anthony Orozco (180 lbs.) won by default as Carroll did not field a wrestler at those weights. Beeville also won by default at the 215 and 285 pound classes with Richard Rincon and Chris Campos picking up the walk-through wins.
Stephanie Valencia (102 lbs.) pinned Carroll’s Valerie Molina in the first period. Lady Trojan Arielle Salazar (110 lbs.) also won by a pin fall over Jane Salinas.
Against King, the Trojans won at the 152 pound class with Garrett Aguirre getting a pin fall win. Cardenas continued to win with a pin of his Mustang foe.
Valencia also won for the second time on the night with her second pin fall victory of the evening for the Lady Trojans. Samantha Perez (119 lbs.) won by a pin fall and Angela Salazar took a decision win over her Lady Mustang in the 128-pound division.
“It was a great experience for some of our new and inexperienced wrestlers to compete in their first match and see what they have learned,” Foster said.
This Tuesday night’s match had the Trojans meeting another two Corpus Christi teams as Moody and Ray came to the Beeville mats.
Against Moody — also known as the Trojans — Beeville got a win with Zac Sutherland (119 lbs.) by way of forfeit. Cardenas added another win with a pin of Moody’s Henry James at 171 pounds. Valencia came through with another pin fall win for the Lady Trojans as she captured a first-period victory.
The match against Ray had the Trojans earn wins with Sutherland pinning his Texan opponent. Matt Martinez at 140 pounds won by a decision. Espino, Cardenas and John Garza (180 lbs.) all won their matches via pinning the shoulders of their opponents.
The Lady Trojans fared well against Ray with Salazar and Samantha Perez earning wins on pin falls.
“Our wrestlers are still working on improving their skills and moves. We know we have a ways to go to get to where we want to be,” said Foster.
The Trojans wrestlers will compete again on Dec. 2 at Carroll in a tri-match with the Tigers and the Robstown team.