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UIL state wrestling: Another title for Allen and its star senior
Nickal’s third state crown helps his school earn its fifth in a row
GARLAND — Senior Bo Nickal picked up his third individual state title, leading Allen to a fifth consecutive Class 5A boys championship at the UIL state wrestling meet at the Curtis Culwell Center.
Nickal took 41 seconds to throw Grapevine senior Gabe Cabrera and complete an impressive four-match sweep to the 170-pound title.
A Penn State pledge, Nickal won his first two matches with falls and the semifinal with a technical fall (17-2). Nickal had defeated Cabrera in the regional final, and Cabrera actually seemed to start well before Nickal (39-0) exploded with a hip toss.
“I’ve been wrestling so long, I just see something and do it,” Nickal said. “Every match, you respect your opponent and keep focused. Anything can happen.”
A rangy, athletic 6-1, Nickal is ranked No. 1 nationally for his age at 182 pounds and is No. 2 nationally at 170. He might start in college at 165. His versatility has been key in winning previous state titles at 160 in 2013 and 145 in 2012.
Allen, with nine state qualifiers, rolled to the championship with only Nickal earning an individual title. Allen senior Tracy Eitel lost a 1-0 decision in the 182-pound division.
Frisco Centennial wins 4A boys: Frisco Centennial won its first state title to make a clean sweep of the state dual, district and regional championships in Class 4A. Senior Roman Rose took the 126-pound title with two points with 1:05 left in a championship-round win over Taygen Smith of Amarillo.
Centennial junior Devin McCord won the 152-pound title just 3:10 into the match. The athletic McCord, who during football season was Centennial’s leading receiver with 91 catches for nearly 1,000 yards, did a back flip after his final victory over Frisco Wakeland senior Sean Roche. McCord won his semifinal with a fall at 1:10.
“I thought we had a good chance, but you have to be fortunate,” Centennial coach Jake Jackson said. “We had kids come through in overtime match after overtime match. We had so many do an awesome job.”
Briefly: Highland Park junior Connor Creek picked up the winning points in the final 30 seconds in a close match against Lancaster senior Aaron Guery. … Hebron freshman Coltan Williams won the 5A 113 final in a 6-0 decision over Allen junior Howard Smith.
Midlothian sophomore Dylanger Potter lost on a false-start call at the beginning overtime as Katy senior Christian Martinez won the 132 5A division. … Grapevine’s Blake Andrews had an impressive decision over South Grand Prairie in the 5A 220 division.
Lewisville junior Brittany Williams picked up the program’s first state title in the 5A 165 division. Williams (31-4) reached the state tournament as a sophomore after winning only one match last year. … Arlington Sam Houston senior Daysha Woods (49-0) completed an undefeated senior season in winning the 5A 102 division .
Carrollton Creekview had a strong tournament, with Jorge Santos winning the 4A 106 division and senior Bobbi Navarrete winning the 4A girls 110 division. … Plano East junior Luci Schement reached her second consecutive state final before falling in the championship of 5A 119 weight.