The final coaches’ polls are closed and everyone has weighed in with their predictions for this weekend, now it is time to set opinions aside and let it all be settled on the mat. Here is a weight by weight preview of what we expect to see at this weekend’s UIL 6A girls state championship tournament.
This year, spread amongst the ten girls’ weight classes are 5 former state champions, 5 former national champions, 25 of last year’s state placers, 53 of last year’s state qualifiers and over a dozen Fargo All-Americans.
95lb: #1 Brittney Cotter (18-2), Katy Morton Ranch and #2 Esther Walker (38-1), El Paso Montwood are on opposite sides of the bracket, Cotter might have a tougher road to the finals, with BOTH #3 Chalimar Rodriguez (35-4), Keller Timber Creek and #4 Annabelle Garcia (34-5), Keller Central lurking on her side.
102lb: Undefeated double All-American and defending Cadet National Champion #1 Samara Chavez (20-0), Arlington Martin, last year’s silver medalist, is the hands down favorite in this bracket. She is in the bottom of the bracket with #4 Destiny Garza (8-2), La Joya Juarez-Lincoln, while #2 Aylen Vivar (32-2), Austin Bowie and #3 Karen Marroquin (22-13), Pharr-San Juan-Alamo will be working their way through the top half of the bracket.
110lb: Last year’s bronze medalist #1 Amanda McAleavey (43-0), Houston Cyp. Creek has been nearly untouchable this year and is looking to move up a couple notches on the podium. She could have her toughest test in the semi-finals against #2 Carmen Allred (46-6), Euless Trinity. This would be a re-match of the CFISD invitational semi-finals last month, in which McAleavey got the sudden victory takedown in overtime. #3 Adia Ronea (42-5), Keller Central and #4 Lydia Ramos (41-5), Houston Cyp. Ranch will be working through the top half of the bracket. Ramos also has a win over Allred this year, but has racked up several losses against district rival McAleavey.
119lb: So many powerhouses in this bracket! The girl yet to be beat this year is defending state champion and double All-American (national cadet runner up and Junior AA) #1 Camille Fournier (38-0), Weatherford. Whoever faces her in the finals will have had a tough journey just getting there, with 2018 bronze medalist and All American #2 Olivia Mottley (57-2), Houston Cyp. Ranch, defending state champion #3 Jessica Crane (41-2), Arlington Martin and 2018 bronze medalist #4 Annamarie Crixell (49-5), Conroe Oak Ridge all jammed into the same side of the bracket.
128lb: OK, let’s just go down the resume; 3-time All American, 3-time state placer, former state Champion, reigning National Champion #1 Xochitl Mota-Pettis (41-0), Klein – since placing 4th in the 2016 state tournament, Xochitl has compiled a 152-2 record. Her last loss was a year ago to 4-time State Champion and National Champion Alex Liles. Since then, she has been on an undefeated run that included an impressive National Title in Fargo. She sits atop the bracket, while #2 Josephine Igengbai (39-4), Ft Worth Paschal and #3 Calarissa Archuleta (40-2), Rockwall-Heath have a potential Friday quarterfinal showdown in the lower half. #4 Gudelia Leon (41-5), Amarillo Tascosa will potentially get her shot at Mota-Pettis in a quarterfinal match as well.
138lb: As we move up a weight class, we just see more state champions and All Americans. #1 Lexie Basham (52-0), Northwest Nelson defeated fellow All American #2 Jordan Suarez (45-2), Katy Morton Ranch in last year’s state finals match – the two juniors could be on course for Basham-Suarez II (and Basham-Suarez III next year??). #3 Mhina Oseitutu (37-6), Katy had a very competitive bout against Suarez in the district finals and will be looking to derail Basham in the quarters on Friday. #4 Chloe Gaona (18-4), New Braunfels is the lower bracket with Suarez.
148lb: Is this finally the year for All American #1 Hunter Robinson (40-0), Conroe Woodlands College Park? After picking up a silver medal as a freshman, Hunter has finished third the last two seasons. Her biggest nemesis last year was the weigh-in scales as she inexplicably decided to try an stay at 138, missing weight on day two of CFISD and barely clearing the scale on day 2 of state last year, with barely enough energy left to get in champion Lexie Basham’s way in the semifinals. At her natural weight of 148, Hunter looks strong, confident and down-right scary! She has #3 Avery Guerra (35-4), New Braunfels with her in the top of the bracket, while #2 Magdalena Meraz (38-4), Grand Prairie and #4 Vanessa Flores (35-9), Katy Morton Ranch battle through the bottom.
165lb: Speaking of scary…have you SEEN All-American, National Silver Medalist #1 Kaylynn Albrecht (49-1), Northwest Nelson and have you SEEN #2 Ashley Lekas (30-1), Plano West? The two titans at 165 are on opposite sides of the bracket. Lekas may have her hands full at the top, in a field that includes former cadet National Champion and state runner-up #3 Nia Miranda (56-4), Houston Cyp. Ranch, who has found an extra gear in the last month of the season. Nia picked up all 4 of her losses butting heads with Robinson at 148 all season. #4 Mikayla Mata (23-5), Houston Clear Lake is on the top half with Albrecht.
185lb: While most voters favor All American #1 Brittyn Corbishley (37-1), Conroe Woodlands College Park based on her CFISD Invitational finals win against #2 Ashley Molina (34-1), Houston Langham Crk, this bracket might have the most potential for shake-ups. With Molina and Corbishley at opposite ends of the bracket, the middle gets tough and cluttered with 2018 silver medalist #5 Bianca Rosales (25-3), Keller Timber Creek looking to upend Brittyn in the semis. Molina will have to contend with #3 Valerie Ramos (12-1), Killeen Ellison and 2018 bronze medalist #4 Traeh Haynes (38-4), Cibolo Steele on her side of the bracket. Of the 16 qualifiers, 11 come in with over 30 wins on the season! I just don’t see ANY easy match-ups anywhere at 185.
215lb: There is a somewhat lopsided bracket here, with Defending State Champion and reigning National Champion #1 Gabby Holloway (38-1), Katy Seven Lakes on the same side of the bracket as 2018 bronze medalist #2 Aaliyah Stewart (30-3), Haltom City Haltom. #3 Genevieve Jackson (30-6), Weatherford and #4 Daya Powell (22-6), Keller Timber Creek are sitting in the lower half of the bracket. #5 Ariana Miles (31-3), Arlington Lamar got the toughest draw, facing Holloway in thee first round. As we all know, fortunes change in the blink of an eye at 215lb, so no one is making ANY predictions here.
Wrestling starts at 9am for the boys and 11:30am for the girls at the Berry Center in Cypress on Friday.