In its first year of UIL competition, Anna High School’s wrestling team performed well at the District 9-5A tournament held Feb. 5-6 at Princeton High School.
For Anna, three boys and four girls finished the season on the varsity roster and competed at Princeton for a shot at reaching the Class 5A Region III meet in Pflugerville Friday and Saturday.
Lady Coyotes who qualified for regionals were Victoria Bautista, third place; Victoria Aragon-Marcial, fourth place; Sahira Morales, fifth place; and Araceli Ortiz, fith place. Anna boys who competed at Princeton but did not place included Mike Acevedo, Xane Reeves and Trevor Rico.
“It was exciting to see our wrestlers compete at a varsity level,” Anna head coach Kyle Stevens said. “Most of our team was completely new to wrestling and none had competed at this level before. We competed well and gained some solid experience. To have some wrestlers qualify for the regional championships in our first year is a great experience for them. We feel this group has set a good foundation for our program to build upon going forward.”
Wrestling is the first new varsity sport introduced at Anna since soccer in 2011. The school added team tennis to its existing tennis program in 2015.
Stevens took the reins at Anna last summer after serving 10 years as head coach at Frisco Heritage High School. There, his teams produced 31 state-qualifiers, eight state-placers and a state champion.