Both the Prosper boys and girls wrestling teams won their District 8 bowl week duals against Frisco Centennial on Feb. 1. It’s the first time Prosper has accomplished this feat in program history.
The result caps off an outstanding season under coach Sion King in his first year at Prosper. The boys went 15-0 overall in duals, including a Texas Dual State Championship. The Girls finished the season 7-0 in 2017-18.
“I know the wrestlers in our programs have made it look easy these last several months,” King said. “But what they’ve accomplished tonight is something to take note of.”
King has helped the boys varsity team reach new heights this season. Ten members of Prosper’s boys varsity team are ranked in the top 20 of their respective weight classes. Standouts include seniors Tommy Flaherty (No. 1, 160 pounds), James Wujek (No. 3, 170 pounds) and Tristan Baugher (No. 3, 285 pounds).
Both the boys and girls junior varsity teams also made big strides this season. The JV boys were crowned District 8-5A champions. Four of its wrestlers notched first-place finishes in the duals, including David Carlan, Milton Barboza, Josiah Squires, and Sam Navarro. Three JV girls impressed as well, including first-place finishers Miranda Kang and Michaela Lukowich.
Throughout the season, especially in recent weeks, members of the JV team have been ready when their chance comes. King praised his underclassmen for being mentally and physically prepared for anything.
“‘Anytime a JV kid was called to fill in for varsity, they stepped up to the challenge,’” King said. “We had to bump kids up a weight class, or ask our captains to pick up the slack for a missing teammate with pins.”
The season now shifts from team-based events to individualized competition. First will be the district championships, hosted at Prosper Arena on Friday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, Feb. 10. Those who perform well will advance to area the following week, and possibly to state at the end of the month. With big goals in mind, King is confident in his athletes, especially after performing so well as a team in District 8.
“I’m very proud of our young men and women,” King said. “I think this may be a great sign of things to come through the individual portion of our season.”