February 16, 2015
Cypress Ridge High School senior wrestler Paige Baynes celebrates with head coach Tim Ray after Baynes won the 215-pound championship at the Region III-6A meet at the Berry Center on Feb. 14. The Rams won the overall girls’ regional title with 124 points, while Ray was named 6A Girls’ Coach of the Year.
Feb. 14, 2015—Thirty-five wrestlers from all 10 CFISD high schools placed in the top four of their respective weight classes at the Region III Wrestling Championships Feb. 13-14 at the Berry Center to qualify for the UIL Class 6A Wrestling Championships, scheduled for Feb. 20-21 at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland.
The Cypress Ridge High School girls won their third consecutive regional title, scoring 124 points ahead of second-place Morton Ranch (106) and third-place Clear Falls (83).
CFISD’s other top girls’ 10 teams were Langham Creek (fifth place, 75.5 points) and Cypress Falls (seventh, 68).
“We’re extremely proud to be regional champions for the third straight year,” said Cypress Ridge head wrestling coach Tim Ray. “We have five wrestlers going to state, so we’re in a great position to reach our ultimate goal of a state title. But we have to train hard, get to Garland and fulfill our dream.”
Ray was named Region III Girls’ Coach of the Year for the third consecutive year, while Cypress Falls junior wrestler Allissa Maldonado was named Class 6A Most Outstanding Female Wrestler of the tournament after winning the 102-pound regional championship.
Maldonado improved her undefeated record to 38-0 by defeating Morgan Zogg of Klein with a 6-4 decision.
“There’s a lot to improve on, but it felt great. It’s what I’ve been training for two years,” Maldonado said. “My mindset going into state is to feel dominant every match. Winning is great but feeling dominant is the best feeling ever.”
Cypress Ridge senior Paige Baynes (215 pounds) and Cy-Fair senior Rebecca Carson (185 pounds) were the only other CFISD girls’ regional champions. Baynes pinned Cypress Springs senior Ashly Johnson to claim the title, while Carson pinned Cypress Ridge’s Mashyrah Rayson.
Carson, who took third in the regional tournament and fifth in the state tournament last year, was overjoyed to win her first regional championship.
“It’s great because [Rayson] has beaten me quite a few times before, and finally I beat her by points at the district meet. Now I’ve pinned her,” Carson said. “The growth I’ve had makes me so excited for state. I’m so ready to go.”
In the boys’ tournament, Morton Ranch won first place with 134 points, followed by second-place The Woodlands (121.5) and third-place Cinco Ranch (120).
CFISD teams placing in the top 10 were Cypress Ranch (fifth place, 89 points), Cypress Lakes (seventh, 81.5), Cypress Creek (ninth, 74) and Cypress Woods (10th, 73).
Regional championships went to Jairo Rico, Jersey Village, 120 pounds; Ruben Salazar, Jersey Village, 152 pounds; Dante Alfano, Cypress Ranch, 182 pounds (his second consecutive regional title); and Michael Dean, Cypress Ridge, 195 pounds.
Salazar pinned Cinco Ranch’s Cody Koger to claim the regional title, something he said he was proud to share with his teammate Rico.
“It’s cool because we both won district championships and now we are regional champions,” Salazar said. “Our goal for state is to just keep getting the next point. Keep going and don’t stop; it’s only 6 minutes.”
The fifth-place wrestler in each weight class will advance to state as an alternate. The following 35 wrestlers and five alternates placed in the top five in the region:
Fifth Place (alternates)
Fifth Place (alternates)
Ray said the tournament was a success in its second year being hosted at the Berry Center, and is proud that all 10 CFISD high schools will be represented at state.
“The competition in our region keeps getting better and better every year as the sport keeps growing,” Ray said. “We started this back in 2002 with seven schools all wrestling at Cypress Ridge, and it’s grown to where we now have 10 schools all going to the state tournament. It’s incredible we’ve been able to do this and grow as much as we have.”
Cy-Fair High School head wrestling coach Tim Stockton congratulates wrestler Rebecca Carson for winning the 185-pound championship at the Region III-6A meet on Feb. 14 to qualify for state.
Cy-Fair senior wrestler Rebecca Carson relishes her victory over Cypress Ridge’s Mashyrah Rayson in the 185-pound weight class.
Cypress Falls junior wrestler Allissa Maldonado was named Most Outstanding Female Wrestler after winning the 102-pound title, defeating Morgan Zogg of Klein with a 6-4 decision.
Cypress Lakes senior Oscar Cardenas wrestles Seven Lakes’ Justin Dittman in a wrestle-back match in the 170-pound weight class at the regional tournament on Feb. 14. Cardenas won the match to place fourth and qualify for the state tournament.
The Cypress Ridge girls’ wrestling team celebrates its third consecutive regional championship on Feb. 14 at the Berry Center.
CFISD director of athletics Ed Warken presents Cypress Falls junior Allissa Maldonado with the Class 6A Most Outstanding Female Wrestler trophy on Feb. 14 at the Region III meet. Maldonado improved to 38-0 on the season when she won the 102-pound title.
Cypress Ridge head wrestling coach Tim Ray won the Region III-6A Girls’ Coach of the Year award after leading the Rams to their third straight regional title.