Daniel Manibog’s final match of his career truly mirrored how his career at Katy High School could be described – dominating.
Manibog defeated Cy Ranch’s Zack Good 25-9 in a technical fall in the Class 6A-160 pound weight class for his third-straight UIL State Wrestling Championship.
“It feels awesome, I thank God for it, it’s all through him,” Manibog said.
Manibog finishes his senior season at Katy with an unblemished record of 56-0 in the 160-pound weight class and was named the Class 6A Boys Outstanding Wrestler.
The Katy senior's third wrestling title puts him in a exclusive class. Manibog is the 13th wrestler in UIL history to win three titles in a career and second from Katy High School, joining James Aston (2003-2005).
What makes his 2019 crown different is the weight class it came in.
As a sophomore, Manibog won gold in the 138-pound class and as a junior he stood on top of the podium in the 145-poind weight class.
“My goal every offseason is to get as big as I can,” Manibog said. “Going up each weight class, I think my speed has helped me stay past the competition. Every weight class they were not as fast as they were before. I think that’s helped me.”
Manibog, who threw up “Pistols Firing” after he won his title – homage to his future home at Oklahoma State – said he just always wanted to lead by example at Katy.
Manibog’s younger brother will be at Katy next year
“I just want to leave a good team for him,” Manibog said.
As Manibog stood a few feet away from the podium, blood still noticeable in a cut above his right eye from the final match of his high school career, the senior reflected on his time at Katy.
“It’s meant a lot, I’ve sacrificed a lot for this,” he said. “Just to get to where I am now, I’m very thankful.”