Rockwall’s wrestling team sent four wrestlers to the UIL Class 6A state championships at Garland’s Curtis Culwell Center last weekend and they returned with three state medals and Heath had five compete in the Class 5A championships and they brought home three state medals.
The Rockwall boys finished in 13th place, missing the top 10 by only four points, in a championship that included 93 Class 6A teams.
The Jackets were led by senior captain Andrew Hyde, who closed out his high school career with his second straight state medal and more than 130 varsity victories.
The Lyon’s College signee won the fourth-place medal in the highly-competitive 132-pound weight class. His only two losses were to the eventual state runner-up and the third-place finisher.
Junior Brandon Smith won the fourth-place medal in the 106-pound class, losing in the third-place match to Christian Moreno of Austin Bowie. His only other loss was in the semifinal to eventual state champion Alex Aguayo of Morton Ranch.
Junior James Taylor earned all-state honors after winning the sixth-place medal in the 145-pound bracket. Taylor lost a tough first round bout, but advanced through three consolation wins before losing in the fifth-place match.
The top six placers at the state tournament earn state medals and all-state honors.
Freshman Jackie Mote made Jacket history by earning the first girls state tournament bid and also by recording the first girls victory. She won in her first consolation bout after losing in the first championship round. Her losses were to the third and fifth-place medalists.
Heath wrestlers also captured three state medals in the Class 5A competition at the Curtis Culwell Center.
Zarik Anderson won the fourth-place medal in the 113-pound division after advancing to the semifinals before losing by 3-0 decision. He lost his third-place bout by 7-4 decision.
Nick Rose claimed the fifth-place medal in the 138-pound bracket after advancing to the semifinals before losing to Andres O’Brien of El Paso Chapin.
He lost a tough 10-9 decision in the consolation semifinal and won his fifth-place bout by 8-5 decision.
Sixth-place medalist Jacob Makelke bounced back from a first-round loss in the 126-pound bracket with three straight wins in consolation before losing his fifth-place match.
Qualifiers Zack Dobbins (195) won his first-round bout before losing in the second round and again in consolation and J.J. Nwigwe (285) lost his first-round match, then won his first consolation bout before falling in the consolation second round.
Allen won the Class 6A championship for its sixth straight team title and Frisco Centennial repeated as the Class 5A state champion. Rockwall came in 13th in 6A and Heath finished 15th in 5A.