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33 district wrestlers earn medals at 2024 CFISD Invitational

Jan. 9, 2024—Thirty-three CFISD wrestlers won medals in their respective weight classes at the 21st annual CFISD Invitational, held Jan. 5-6 at the Berry Center.  The largest boys’ and girls’ tournament of its kind in the nation, the invitational drew 80 boys’ teams and 78 girls’ teams traveling from as far away as El Paso.

Omar Khan celebrating after winning his weight class at the CFISD Invitational“I thought it was our best, most well run-tournament so far in the 21-year history of it,” said Tim Ray, Cypress Ridge High School wrestling coach and tournament organizer. “We could not have done it without the great help from athletic department administrators, district coaches, trainers and the wrestlers who helped run the tables. The reputation of the tournament is such that if you place in the top eight, you’re probably going to place in the top eight of the state tournament.”

The Cypress Ranch High School girls’ team placed fifth overall in the tournament, scoring 127.5 points. Flower Mound won the invitational with 190.5 points, followed by runner-up Harker Heights (181) and third-place Klein Oak (151). Other CFISD girls’ teams to place among the top 25 teams were Langham Creek High School (14th, 98), Jersey Village High School (18th, 89) and Cypress Woods High School (22nd, 76.5).

In the boys’ tournament, Langham Creek had the highest finish among CFISD teams, placing eighth with 145 points. El Paso Eastwood placed first with 181, followed by runner-up Smithson Valley (175) and third-place Midlothian (173). Other CFISD boys’ teams to place among the top 25 were Cypress Ranch (12th, 122.5), Cypress Falls High School (16th, 106.5) and Bridgeland High School (17th, 102).

The David Pruitt Most Outstanding Wrestler was Clear Lake High School’s Ty Annoura, who won the boys’ 126-pound weight class.

The Most Outstanding Wrestler award is named in honor of former Langham Creek High School wrestling Coach David Pruitt, who passed away in January 2013 after a battle with cancer.

two female wrestlers competing
Cypress Creek High School junior Chamille Bryson battles The Woodlands’ Riley Rayome in the championship match of the girls’ 114-pound weight class at the CFISD Invitational on Jan. 6 at the Berry Center. Bryson placed second in her division. 

CFISD’s top-8 medalists in each weight class were as follows:

Boys 120 pounds

  • Jaydon Rodriguez, Cypress Falls – eighth place.

Boys 126 pounds

  • Eli Esquivel, Langham Creek – second place.

Boys 138 pounds

  • Kooper Good, Cypress Ranch – third place.

Boys 157 pounds

  • Logan Soileau, Langham Creek – second place; and
  • Breyden Jefferies-Arndt, Bridgeland – eighth place.

Boys 165 pounds

  • Kaden Ausbrooks, Jersey Village – sixth place; and
  • Demond Thomas, Cypress Falls – eighth place.

Boys 175 pounds

  • Evan Sebesta, Langham Creek – fourth place; and
  • Clayton Amador, Cypress Ranch – fifth place.

Boys 190 pounds

  • Alex Ebert, Cypress Falls – seventh place.

Boys 215 pounds

  • Nikolas Macedo, Cypress Park – second place.

Boys 285 pounds

  • Omar Khan, Bridgeland – first place; and
  • Aaden Menard, Cypress Springs – seventh place.

two boys' wrestlers competing at the cfisd invitational
Langham Creek High School junior Logan Soileau faces Keller Timber Creek’s John Collazo in the championship match of the boys’ 157-pound weight class at the CFISD Invitational on Jan. 6 at the Berry Center. Soileau placed second in his division. 

Girls 100 pounds

  • Hailey Bello, Langham Creek – third place; and
  • Christine Tran, Jersey Village – fourth place.

Girls 107 pounds

  • Arianna Beltran, Cypress Ranch – second place.

Girls 114 pounds

  • Chamille Bryson, Cypress Creek – second place; and
  • Scarlet Sanchez, Cypress Ridge – fifth place.

Girls 120 pounds

  • Mariah Smith, Cypress Ranch – third place; and
  • Layla Miranda, Bridgeland – fourth place.

two female wrestlers competing at the cfisd invitational
Cypress Ranch High School senior Mariah Smith, left, and Bridgeland senior Layla Miranda compete in the third-place match of the girls’ 120-pound weight class at the CFISD Invitational on Jan. 6. Smith placed third and Miranda placed fourth in the division. 

Girls 126 pounds

  • Elliotte Strange, Cy-Fair – third place; and
  • Stephanie Diaz-Salazar, Langham Creek – eighth place.

Girls 132 pounds

  • Zhariyah Whittington, Cypress Lakes – seventh place.

Girls 138 pounds

  • Kaitlyn Alcaraz, Cy-Fair – fifth place; and
  • Lillian Baynes, Cypress Woods – seventh place.

Girls 145 pounds

  • Alexis Booth, Jersey Village – fifth place; and
  • Alexis Bailey, Cypress Creek – eighth place.

Girls 152 pounds

  • Raylan Ross, Cypress Ranch – fifth place.

Girls 165 pounds

  • Viviana Barboza, Cypress Woods – third place; 
  • Alyssa Navarro, Cypress Springs – fifth place; and
  • Tiara Hall, Jersey Village – sixth place.

Girls 185 pounds

  • Lumiere Kahongo, Cypress Springs – seventh place.

Girls 235 pounds

  • Kalea Berry, Cypress Park – eighth place.