Chris Giddens learned a tough lesson on his journey to a bronze medal at the 2012 high school state wrestling tournament.
Stay focused on the moment. Don’t worry about your next opponent. Leave your ego inside the locker room.
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UIL wrestling notebook
Perfect so far
Four area wrestlers enter the UIL state without a loss this season.
Leander senior Chris Giddens (27-0) will compete at 160 pounds after placing third in the state at 152 last season. He will be joined at the Class 4A meet by Georgetown’s Blair Murski (22-0) and Dripping Springs Jordan Ribera (9-0).
Murski, a senior who’s entered at 182 pounds, finished 1-2 in state matches at that weight last year. Ribera, a 152-pound junior, did not qualify for state as a sophomore.
Hendrickson senior Kierra Boyce, who’s undefeated in 20 matches, will chase the girls 215-pound title. A year ago, she placed fourth in that division.
Siblings and singlets
Rouse’s qualifiers include the brother-sister duo of Evan and Elise Coleman. Evan, a junior, will wrestle at 152 pounds. Elise, a sophomore, will compete at 102. They will be joined at the state meet by two other sibling duos.
Akins’ contingent will include the Boles brothers, Austin, a 113-pounder, and Alexander, a 145-pounder. Both are juniors. Dripping Springs qualifiers include 152-pound junior Jordan Ribera and his younger brother, Jonah, a 126-pound sophomore.
Vista Ridge qualified eight wrestlers, the most of any area school, but Georgetown advanced the most regional champions — three.
The breakdown of multiple qualifers from area schools, excluding alternates:
Vista Ridge (8); Rouse (7); Georgetown (5); LBJ (5); Bowie (4); Dripping Springs (4); Lanier (4); Akins (3); Anderson (3); Cedar Park (3); Eastside Memorial (3); Leander (3); McCallum (3); Reagan (3); Westlake (3); Crockett (2); Hendrickson (2); Vandegrift (2).
767: Wrestlers competing at the UIL championships this week.
2: States that join Texas in crowning separate girls and boys state champions in wrestling. California and Hawaii join Texas in the practice.
15: Years that wrestling has been a UIL-sanctioned sport.
3: Winners of four individual state titles at the UIL meet. The esteemed group: Hilary Cordero, Amarillo Caprock High School; Shelby Morrison, Bushland High School; and Nick Herrman, Amarillo Tascosa High School.
— Staff reports
UIL wrestling championships
Tickets: $5 per session for students, $10 for adults, $25 for all-meet pass.
8:30 a.m. — Class 4A girls (Burger Center); Class 5A boys (Delco Center)
4 p.m. — Class 5A girls (Burger Center); Class 4A boys (Delco Center)
(Matches at Delco Center)
9:30 a.m. — Class 5A boys
10:45 — Class 5A girls
2:30 p.m. — Class 4A boys
4:15 — Class 4A girls
(Matches at Delco Center)
9:30 a.m. — Class 5A girls finals
11:30 — Class 5A boys finals
4 p.m. — Class 4A girls finals
6 — Class 4A boys finals