HOUSTON – It was one of the highly anticipated matches of the evening in the Class 5A bracket.
Defending state champion Chidozie Nwankwo against Highland Park’s Aidan Conner in the 5A-185 pound title bout.
After it seemed as though Conner had won due to a call of interlocking hands against Nwonkwo, the Foster coaches protested. The call was overturned, forcing an overtime period.
Tied at 3-3, with 10 seconds on the clock, Conner was able to escape Nwankwo for the one point and the 4-3 victory.
“The other coach did his job,” Foster coach Jeff Rayome said. “Whether we agree with it or not the referee overturned a call that he made to take it into overtime. Then in overtime we just ran out of time. The kid just slipped out at the last second. It’s all controversial but we just have to do better. Not leave in the refs hands or leave it up to the time clock.”
This marks the second-straight year that Nwankwo has been in a title match. The Foster junior entered the match 23-0 on the year.
“One more year,” Nwankwo said. “It’s been a real good run. It’s helped me with football to this day.
“Next year I’ll come back harder.”
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.”
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.
It just runs in the family.
With father Gary Mcaleavey coaching from the stands inside the Berry Center, Amanda Mcaleavey joined the family tradition of wrestling champions.
Mcaleavey defeated Keller Central’s Adia Ronea 4-0 to win the Class 6A-110 pound State Championship and finish the 2019 season with a perfect record of 47-0.
Girls – 5A
95 – Jasmine Howard (Azle)
102 – Valerie Carreon (Foster)
110 – Savannah West (Frisco Liberty)
119 – Jacqueline Ghent (CC Veterans Memorial)
128 – Isabella Gonzalez (El Paso Hanks)
138 – Adelyhda Perez (Uvalde)
148 – Destiny Miles (Dallas Kimball)
165 – Danielle Saldivar (El Paso Eastwood)
185 – Morgan Elvin (Lucas Lovejoy)
215 – Brooklyn Moreno-Arispe (Corpus Christi Ray)
Girls – 6A
95 – Esther Walker (El Paso Montwood)
102 – Samara Chavez (Arlington Martin)
110 – Amanda Mcaleavey (Cypress Creek)
119 – Camille Fournier (Weatherford)
128 – Xochitl Mota-Pettis (Klein)
138 – Lexie Basham (Northwest Nelson)
148 – Hunter Robinson (College Park)
165 – Ashley Lekas (Plano West)
185 – Bianca Rosales (Keller Timber Creek)
215 – Aaliyahrai Stewart (Haltom City Haltom)
Boys – 5A
106 – Axel Hernandez (Dumas)
113 – Alexander Pea (Lubbock)
120 – Mason Purvis (El Paso Chapin)
126 – Tyler Brennan (Frisco)
132 – Heath Roth (Argyle)
138 – Jackson Carter (Midlothian)
145 – Chase Warden (Dripping Springs)
152 – Micah Wiginton (Pflugerville Weiss)
160 – Seth Dixon (Hereford)
170 – Manny Elizondo (Friendswood)
182 – Aiden Jean (Justin Northwest)
195 – Geronimo Saucedo (Wylie East)
220 – Jacob Munoz (Cedar Park)
285 – Aidan Conner (Highland Park)
Boys – 6A
106 – Donovan Whitted (Arlington Martin)
113 – Braxton Brown (Allen)
120 – Dominic Chavez (Arlington Martin)
126 – Parker Decker (Keller)
132 – Tagen Jamison (Plano West)
138 – Trent Dooley (Allen)
145 – Mario Danzi (Allen)
152 – Elise Brown Ton (Allen)
160 – Daniel Manibog (Katy)
170 – Kishawn Higgins (Katy)
182 – Adam Kilgore (Arlington Bowie)
195 – Nathan Alvarez (San Antonio Roosevelt)
220 – Isiah Brown (Killeen Ellison)
285 – Johnny Green (Allen)