Melissa’s Lady Cardinal wrestling team placed fifth in competition against 14 Class 5A and 6A teams on Saturday, Jan. 20, at Frisco Wakeland High School.


In their individual weight classes, Hastings Fredrick and Viki Dietrich each placed second, Lilly Rogers placed third and Ashley Vasquez placed fourth. Rogers was the Lady Cards’ high-point wrestler with 16 total points.


Also wrestling for Melissa at Wakeland were Queen Humphrey and Yesenia Paulin.


“The girls are improving each week, getting ready for the district tournament coming in early February,” head coach Rick Gagarin said. “And I am confident we will have several girls advance to the regional tournament.”


On Tuesday, Jan. 23, the Lady Cards traveled to Lovejoy High School to compete against Class 5A opponents. Several Lady Cards won matches, Gagarin reported, and Rogers was again the team’s high-point wrestler with 12 points. Fredrick and Humphrey also pinned opponents.