Only 12 wrestlers out of 11,784 boys and 4140 girls made it through the season undefeated. thats almost 16 thousand wrestlers “15924” that were registered or signed up to wrestle this UIL season, this includes JV wrestlers as well. Some could argue that “well they dont travel to the tough competition” or another I’ve heard is “they just wrestle in their area same wrestlers over and over” am sure there is other quotes out there. BUT. going undefeated and winning a state championship in my opinion should put all the arguments to rest that these wrestlers have achieved something that is hard to achieve and should be praised and congratulated. These wrestlers made it though OT’s, sickness, injuries, and more. In some cases they beat a state champ to achieve.
Congratulations to the 12 undefeated wrestlers of the 2017/2018 wrestling season
The Class 5A Undefeated Wrestlers
132-Daniel Leal a senior of CC veterans Memorial went 44-0. Leal defeated last years state champ Heath Roth of Argyle in the state finals to secure his undefeated season. Leal went 42-7 the year before taking 4th at 126-5A state
195-Aidan Conner a junior of Dallas Highland Park went 52-0. Conner is a defending state champ at this weight and last year only having one loss going 62-1. Conner defeated Alexander Torres of Lamar Fulshear in the finals to cap his season.
285-Chidozie Nwankwo a sophomore of Richmond Foster went 26-0. Nwankwo beat Carlos Sanchez of Dumas in the finals after giving up I believe 5 penalty points. Last season as a freshman Nwankwo went 31-4 placing 3rd at state. Nwankwo only loss at state last year was to Brian Andrews of Grapevine the defending state champ in the semi finals.
119-Isabella Gonzalez a junior of El Paso Hanks went 37-0. Gonzalez undefeated season was capped by defeating last years state champ at 110 Alexis Hanna of Azle in the state finals. Gonzalez place 5th last season at state going 28-6.
148-Adelyhda Perez a junior of Uvalde went 36-0. Perez made her 3rd trip to the finals at this weight reclaiming the championship that she had won her freshman year going 35-0. Last year Perez settled for 3rd place at state with a 39-3 record.
The Class 6A Undefeated Wrestlers
132-James McClain Green a junior of El Paso Franklin went 41-0. Green a returning state champ from 120 where his only loss was to Alonzo Herrera of Allen at dual state that year caps off his 2018 season as the 132lb state champ going undefeated with no close matches except Conner Manderfeld of Arlington Martin at regionals that went into OT that am aware of. Green dominated this year plus gets my vote for best dressed in a finals line up.
195-AJ Ferrari a sophomore of Allen went 25-0. Ferrari a National ranked wrestler, “3rd”, breezed through the state tournament as he did last year to become a 2x state champ. Ferrari has only 1 loss his high school career in any match wrestled whether Folkstyle or Freestyle. That loss was to the #1 National ranked wrestler at the time last season. Last season Ferrari went 41-1
285-Desmon Williams a senior of Rockwall Heath went 31-0. Williams got his revenge this season after getting defeated last year in the 2017 state finals by an Allen wrestler Nico Manznelli by finally defeating a different Allen wrestler this time Johnny Green in the finals to keep a undefeated record. Last season Williams went 32-3 placing 2nd.
110-Mack Beggs a senior of Euless Trinity went 36-0. Beggs caps off a 2nd undefeated season winning the state championship for the 2nd year in a row. Beggs was 56-0 last season bring the 2 year total to 92-0 last 2 years.
128-Alex Liles a senior of Allen went 18-0. Liles the #1 Nationally ranked wrestler at 132 not only went undefeated this season, Liles has went undefeated her whole high school folkstyle career in Texas. Liles met fellow undefeated wrestler Xochitl Mota-Pettis of Klein in the finals and gave Pettis her 1st loss of the year for a 4th state championship.
185-Lindsey McIntosh a senior of Coppell went 38-0. McIntosh had to go into OT to keep her undefeated season intact. Beating Biacnca Rosales of Keller Timber Creek in TB-1 4-1 in the state finals. McIntosh placed 3rd last year @ 165 going 33-5.
215-Gabe Holloway a Junior of Katy Seven Lakes went 9-0. Holloway a 3x state qualifier not placing her 2 previous seasons finally takes home the championship although it took SV to do it in the finals over Kendall McGarity of Comal Smithson Valley. Last season Holloway went 29-6 and didn’t place at state.