Bradyn Valdez


Lubbock will be well-represented at the UIL Class 5A state meet this weekend in Cypress.

Three wrestlers from Lubbock High, a pair from Monterey and one from Estacado all advanced to state by placing in the top four at the Region I-5A meet in El Paso on Saturday.

Roland Castro


Monterey’s Bradyn Valdez notched the highest finish from Lubbock by taking second place in 106 pounds. He will be joined by Plainsmen teammate Devin Offutt, who took fourth place in 220 pounds.

Matadors’ senior Roland Castro is headed to state for a second year in a row after claiming third place in 285 pounds. The big senior, a football signee with Cisco Community College, didn’t start wrestling until last season.

The Westerners send Aidan Median (120) and cousins Alexander Pena (113) and Zack Pena (126) to the next round. LHS finished fifth in the team scoring with 86.5 points, followed by Monterey with 74. Estacado scored 29 points for 19th place and Coronado recorded 6 points.

Several other Lubbock wrestlers just missed state berths: Monterey’s Joseph Torres (138) and Damontrareis  Lacy (170) each placed fifth, as did Lubbock High’s Zachary Schmidt (160). Sean Bonner produced a sixth-place finish for the Westerners in 106 pounds.

In the girls’ meet, Monterey’s Jaycee Portee was the lone Hub City combatant to claim a top-six finish (215 pounds).

Aidan Medina

Lubbock High's Aidan Medina gains the edge against a foe at the District 4-5A meet last week.



Region I-5A meet

Lubbock results

(Top 4 places advance to the state meet)


215 pounds

6th place – Jaycee Portee, Monterey


106 pounds

2nd place – Bradyn Valdez, Monterey

6th place – Sean Bonner, Lubbock High

113 pounds

4th place – Alexander Pena, Lubbock High

120 pounds

4th place – Aidan Medina, Lubbock High

126 pounds

4th place – Zack Pena, Lubbock High

138 pounds

5th place – Joseph Torres, Monterey

160 pounds

5th place – Zachary Schmidt, Lubbock High

170 pounds

5th place – Damontrareis Lacy, Monterey

220 pounds

4th place – Devin Offutt, Monterey

285 pounds

3rd place – Roland Castro, Estacado