The boys and girls wrestling teams at Prosper made a name for themselves at the 2017-18 UIL State Championships from Feb. 24-25 in Houston.
Overall, the girls team placed in 17th out of 80 competing schools. Meanwhile, the boys finished second in 5A, falling just short of beating the now two-time defending champions, Dumas.
Dumas finished with 115.5 total points while Prosper ended with 108. Rounding out the top five boys programs were Frisco Liberty, Canyon Randall and Bryan.
“Our kids fought hard and gave it their best effort,” Prosper head coach Sion King said. “I am very proud of them all.”
Six individuals wrestled for the Prosper boys team at the state meet. Tommy Flaherty was the lone state champion, winning the 160-pound tournament. Finishing in second were Prosper's John Richardson (106 pounds) and James Wujek (170 pounds). Other placers for the Eagle wrestlers included Tristan Baugher in third (285 pounds), Igor Costa in fourth (126 pounds) and Caden Mills in sixth (152 pounds).
A pair of Prosper wrestlers made history at the state meet. Senior Alyssa Alvarez placed third at 215 pounds, finishing her high school career as a three-time state placer. On the boys side, freshman John Richardson was the only freshman in the state out of all 14 weight classes to make the final round of a tournament. Richardson finished second and became the first freshman state finalist in Prosper school history.
Prosper wrestling will move up to 6A next season and is expected to compete at a high level once again under coach King. They finished the 2017-18 season as undefeated state dual champions, helping King be named the District 8-5A Coach of the Year.