Nicolas Andrade pins a Wilmer-Hutchins wrestler in his first match Saturday.
Nicolas Andrade talks with Coach Desireé Allen after his win.
North Dallas went to the UIL District 7-5A meet with three wrestlers on Friday and Saturday at Conrad High School. They came home with two wrestlers advancing to next week’s regional meet in Frisco.
Freshman Nicolas Andrade lost to Samuel’s Bruno Valdes Salazar in the first-place match at 120 pounds. Nicolas won his first match over Joaquin Alexander of Wilmer-Hutchins.
Sophomore Damien Lopez was awarded fourth place over Woodrow Wilson’s Ernesto Alfaro. Damien opened the tournament with a victory over Javier Soto of Samuel, then lost to a South Oak Cliff wrestler, then pinned Alfaro at 3:50 to advance to the third-place match against Soto. But Soto had the upper hand in the rematch. Damien was matched against Alfaro next and awarded fourth place.
“Of the people we wanted to be here, we expected them to go to regionals, or I did, I expected them to go to regionals,” said North Dallas Coach Desireé Allen. “We didn’t know how they would match up. For this past week, we’ve just been conditioning, and by conditioning, I mean we’re been going a solid two minutes.
“With Nico, we still felt he did good because he’s from Washington. He’s just a natural. But he does baseball, so he doesn’t practice as much. They’re both very smart wrestlers. We expected them to go.”
Asked about going to regionals, Nicolas said. “I think it’s going to be fun. This is my first time going so it’s going to be fun.”
In his finals match, Nicolas’ opponent from Samuel was taller and even picked up Nicolas. But Nicolas had a few chances, but just couldn’t pin the Samuel wrestler.
“He was stronger than me, I know that for sure,” Nicolas said after his match. “The last thing I know, he’s pretty good. I got tired. I’ll see him at regionals.”
Damien took the longer road to regionals. He defeated Samuel’s Soto on Friday night. After losing to the SOC wrestler, who eventually won that division, in his first match Saturday, Damien then pinned Woodrow wrestler to advance to the third-place match. But the rematch against Samuel’s Soto didn’t go Damien’s way.
Damien Lopez has the upper hand over his Woodrow opponent.
Damien Lopez works hard to pin his Woodrow opponent.
Damien Lopez pins the Woodrow wrestler to advance to the third-place match
Nicolas Andrade went against a taller Samuel opponent in the 120 finals.
The Samuel opponent picks up Nicolas.
Nicolas came close to pinning the Samuel wrestler.
In a rematch, the Samuel wrestler managed to get Damien managed to pin Damien Lopez.
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