It has been a long journey to the top for Valerie Carreon.
From not even advancing to the second day of the UIL Wrestling State Championships her first year, to standing at the bottom of the podium last year, Carreon was motivated more than ever in 2019.
“Nothing was going to get in my way,” Carreon said. “Nothing was going to stop me. This has been my goal for a very long time.”
Carreon completed her long-sought goal of becoming a state champion, defeating Lucas Lovejoy’s Avery Ashley 9-3 for the Class 5A-102 pound State Championship.
“I felt control,” Carreon said. “Throughout this whole tournament I never felt like I wasn’t in control. I always had control the entire time.”
Coming from Foster, which is getting more and more recognition for its wrestling program, Carreon said it is an honor to bring back a state championship.
“A lot of girls from our school they don’t realize the opportunities they can have,” she said. “And it’s just an honor to me that I grabbed it and this was mine.”