The Katy HS Tigers travelled more than 50 miles to the Conroe Woodlands College Park High School Thursday afternoon for a highly anticipated match-up of the two top teams in the Houston area. This was Senior Night at College Park.
Both teams were coming off outstanding performances at last weekend’s Cy Fair ISD Invitational. College Park came away with the team title, having ten medalists and scoring 271 points. Katy HS came out of the tournament with a 4th place finish, scoring 184 points, only 4 points behind runner-up, Southlake Carroll. The two teams were the only Houston-area teams in the Top 12 finishers.
Earlier in the week, Coach Spjut of CWCP stated that the Cavaliers would not be at full strength for Thursday night’s match. On the other hand, Katy’s lineup was filled with all of their wrestlers that participated in the CFISD tournament, at their same weight classes, except for Cleveland Scott, who moved up a class to 113. The Tigers also had two additional wrestlers added to the lineup to prevent any forfeit points.
College Park’s lineup was in a different position. Sitting out this match was one of their powerhouse wrestlers, 157 lb Alec Robeson (33-2). Alec was the titlist at the CFISD and runner-up at the Texas Outlaw. He also defeated the Katy 157, Juan Pablo Garcia in the finals of the CFISD, 9-5. Also missing was Ben Vogt at 175. The Cavaliers also added three wrestlers who did not participate in the CFISD tourney.
The 106 lb match was a forfeit, as CWCP did not have a wrestler. The six points were awarded to Gabriel Perez and team score was Katy 6, College Park 0.
At 113, Katy’s Cleveland Scott won by decision over Iziah Rojas. Rojas started out the match with a takedown; Scott escaped and got his own takedown. Rojas reversed and put Scott on his back, and the period ended with Rojas ahead 6-3. In the second period Scott score a reversal, bringing the score to 6-6 into the final period. Rojas started down, escaped, and then took down Scott for 2. Scott followed that with his own escape, takedown, and put Rojas down for the count at 5:51.This was a match that could have gone either way, but the Tigers increased their lead, Katy 12, College Park 0.