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Frenship
59
Burges
Final 7
Odessa
45
Monterey
Final 7
Weatherford
50
Coronado
Final 38

Class 5A >>

Canyon Randall
21
Plainview
Final 0
Sweetwater
66
Lubbock High
Final 35
Cooper
43
Idalou
Final 22

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Midland Greenwood
49
Seminole
Final 36
Estacado
37
Hereford
Final 36
Roosevelt
45
Lamesa
Final 32
Muleshoe
48
Levelland
Final 46
Littlefield
28
Snyder
Final 0

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Fort Stockton
49
Brownfield
Final 42
Denver City
33
Pecos
Final17
Floydada
33
Slaton
Final 6
Abernathy
24
Post
Final 21

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New Deal
55
Dimmitt
Final 14
Smyer
35
Hale Center
Final 28
Friona
23
Olton
Final 13
Crosbyton
34
Tahoka
Final 7
Springlake-Earth
13
Morton
Final 12
Sudan
19
Ralls
Final 13
Lockney
40
Lubbock Christian
Final 22
Bovina
40
Plains
Final 0
Seagraves
53
Jal
Final 0
Sundown
48
Calvary Christian
Final 18

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Jayton
Ropes
10 a.m. Sat.
Lorenzo
Wellman-Union
7:30 p.m.
Spur
58
Anton
Final 13
Meadow
46
Santa Anna
Final 14
New Home
64
Amherst
Final 14
Whiteface
69
Christ the King
Final 22
Borden County
78
Knox City
Final 45
Klondike
88
Dawson
Final 43
O'Donnell
77
Southland
Final 49
Petersburg
Follett
Sat. 4 p.m.

TAPPS >>

Trinity Christian
New Mexico Military
Canceled
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High school sports roundup: Three to wrestle for third at state

Posted: February 22, 2013 - 11:12pm  |  Updated: February 23, 2013 - 1:26am

AUSTIN — Monterey senior Wes Benton, Estacado junior Joseph Rios and Lubbock High sophomore Daxx Medina can’t win state titles, but the alternative’s not bad either.

All three Lubbock ISD athletes advanced to third-place matches today at the Class 4A UIL state wrestling championships. Benton, Rios and Medina each won their first two matches, lost a winners’ bracket semifinal and won an elimination-bracket semifinal in the first two days of action.

“I’m feeling pretty strong,” Benton said after posting a 5-4 win Friday over Luke Hodsden from Dripping Springs. “I’ve had a good tournament for myself, but I’m not quite satisfied. I still have some hunger that I need to keep going.”

Benton will face Lancaster’s Aaron Guery today for third place in the 160-pound division. Rios meets Sean Roche from Frisco Wakeland for third place at 138, and Medina will square off with Stephen Dieb from Highland Park for third at 126.

Medina won a USA Wrestling state title last weekend in Garland, competing for the Hub City Wrestling club team.

“He’s been on a roll the last three weeks,” Lubbock High coach Bryan Thomas said. “This is his first UIL (state) competition. He’s done very, very, very well.”

Benton finished third in regional, but in the first two days he knocked off the Region II runnerup and the Region III champion.

“He’s definitely wrestled some quality opponents, and he’s stepped up his game to wrestle at a level it takes to beat really good opponents across the state,” Monterey coach Steve Gonzalez said.

Benton’s shot at a state title ended with a 7-3 loss in the winners’ bracket semifinals to Leander’s Chris Giddens, who ran his record to 30-0. Still, it’s a big step up for Benton (25-4), who went 0-2 at state last year.

Benton said just having been to state once before “helps a great deal.”

“It makes you relax a little bit,” he said, “and be able to wrestle each match like you have all season, not let it get into your head very much.”

Each weight class at state has a 16-athlete, double-elimination bracket. The top six in each earn all-state recognition.

Estacado junior Kim Castillo finished one win short of making all-state, going 2-2 and bowing out in the final eight at 148. Castillo’s the first Estacado girl to win a match at state since the Lady Matadors’ program started five years ago.

Medina (16-4) took down Region II champion Sam Forbes from Frisco Wakeland in the second round and, in his last match Friday, advanced to the third-place match with a 6-4 win over Lawrence Romero from regional rival Caprock.

“We’ve been chasing Caprock all year,” Thomas said. “They’re kind of our cream of the crop in the Panhandle.”

Rios’ shot at a state title ended with a 6-4 loss to Frisco’s Chris Williams-Bizor in the winners’ bracket semifinal. He bounced back to pin Frisco Centennial’s Roman Rose 2 minutes, 54 seconds into the match.

Lubbock ISD had nine wrestlers qualify for state, and six won at least one match. Monterey senior Joseph Marin went 1-2 at 113 pounds, and Lubbock High senior Jordan Davila went 1-2 at 182.

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