Torres takes bronze at state wrestling meet

Staff Writer

Valeria Torres

Valeria Torres

San Benito High School was well represented at the State Wrestling Meet in Austin over the weekend.

Wrestling in the 128-pound weight class was Valeria Torres, who grappled against Angelique Davis of Katy Morton Ranch High School, defeating her in the second period by fall with a total time of 3:36. Torres then grappled against Michelle Nguyen of Arlington Martin High School, also defeating her by fall with a total time of 5:52 in the second round.

Torres lost her semi-final match to Taylor Alva of Houston Cypress Woods High School by fall in the third period with a total time of 5:52. Alva would eventually go on to win the State Championship.

Still, Torres continued to compete with a match in the consolation semi-finals against Ashley McCutcheon of San Antonio Johnson High School, winning by decision with a score of 3-2. Torres then went on to compete for the bronze medal against Daynna Diaz, winning by decision with a score of 10-0, and claiming the bronze for the 123-poind weight division.

Also representing the Lady ’Hounds wrestlers was Heather Rodriguez, who wrestled in the 102-pound weight class. Rodriguez lost to Daysha Woods of Arlington Sam Houston High School by fall in the second period with a total time of 3:07.

Rodriguez then competed in the consolation bracket against Kathya Martinez of South Grand Prairie High School, but came up short losing by a decision of 4-3.

As a team, the Lady ’Hounds placed 32nd of 72 teams with a total of 19 points.

Wrestling in the 145-pound weight class was senior David Jurado. Jurado lost in the first round to Dean Roudi of Plano West High School by a score of 18-4 in the first round. Jurado then grappled against Jason Cain of Katy High School, losing after being pinned in the second round.

In the 182-pound weight class Alexander A.J. Arteaga grappled against Chris Treviño of Katy High School, losing 12-7 in the first round. Arteaga then went up against Phil Young of Keller High School, but came up short losing by a score of 10-5.

“Both wrestlers wrestled really well and I’m very proud of them for making it to the state wrestling tournament in Austin,” said Greyhound wrestling coach Rudy Quilantan of the boys’ grapplers.

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    • Reforming San Benito on March 3, 2013 at 4:56 pm
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    Well said, Ms. Saldana. Congratulations Ms. Torres! Congratulations to all the other young men and women who represented themselves and this community proudly. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication!

    • Mary L.Saldana on February 28, 2013 at 10:32 pm
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    Congratulations Valeria San Benito is so proud of you. Thanks for all your efforts. God Bless You.

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