The Prosper boys wrestling team finished atop the rankings for the second week in a row, this time coming first in the Titan Games on Saturday, Dec. 9 at Frisco Centennial High School. Competitors included the defending 5A state champions Dumas High School and the reigning third-place state-ranked team from Frisco Centennial.
On Wednesday, Dec. 6, boys Prosper wrestling came away with another win at Allen in a dual meet. Allen entered the wrestling season as the top-ranked 6A team in the state.
“I was pleased at how the boys responded to the direct competition that we’ll be battling with for a state title,” Prosper head wrestling coach Sion King said.
The boys team won the Titan Games with a score of 214.5, ahead of both Dumas (180.5) and Centennial (160). In total, 11 different wrestlers finished in the top four of their respective weight class. Four of those were champions, including Caden Mills, Tommy Flaherty, James Wujek and Tristan Baugher.
Other notable individual performances included an upset victory for Rylan Bonds, who took down the No. 2 6A ranked individual in the state — a 195-pound wrestler — by a score of 5-2. Facing top competition allowed Prosper’s wrestlers to get a good idea of where they stand, something that has been beneficial for King and the rest of the coaching staff.
“There were things that these tough teams exposed that we will need to work on to get even better,” King said. “That’s why I enjoy seeing the best teams because they’re usually well coached and teach good technique.”
The Prosper girls team competed in the Texas Ladies Classic from Dec. 8-9, finishing 16th overall against some of the best programs in the state. Overall, Prosper ranked seventh among all the top 5A schools.
Senior Alyssa Alvarez competed for the first time this season. She placed second overall, just one spot behind the No. 1 ranked 5A girls wrestler in the state.
“I have a very young girls’ team made up of mostly freshman and sophomores and only two seniors,” King said. “We had a lot of matches that were nail biters and came down to the last several seconds.”
The boys and girls teams each have busy schedules ahead. The girls head to Independence High School on Thursday, Dec. 14 for a dual meet. They will then join the Prosper boys at the Timber Creek Christmas Classic on Saturday, Dec. 16.