Wrestlers Bound For North Dakota
SAN JUAN – If you want to be a great wrestler, there’s no time to rest.
Athletes at PSJA High School work on three different styles of wrestling throughout the year: freestyle, folkstyle, and Greco-Roman.
“A lot of these kids barely start wrestling when they’re freshmen in high school,” said PSJA assistant wrestling coach Javier Rendon. “They need to catch up. The way to catch up is to wrestle freestyle in the spring, wrestle freestyle in the summer, wrestling Greco as well. Just putting in that extra work to catch up to some of those Dallas kids that have been wrestling since they were 8, 10 years old.”
A few wrestlers from the PSJA ISD are part of Team Texas, which is made up of some of the state’s top wrestlers.
Next month, they’ll hit the mats at a national tournament in Fargo, North Dakota.
“It shows when they put in the work, they get to go and qualify for Team Texas,” said PSJA head wrestling coach Jacob Villanueva. “I think that’s a great honor. The kids are excited.”
“It’s high-paced wrestling,” said PSJA wrestler Humberto Alcala. “A lot of intensity. Just never stop. Just keep going. This is probably the hardest I’ve ever worked.”
Brothers Humberto and Alberto Alcala are going to nationals. Humberto a soon-to-be junior at PSJA. Alberto, a recent PSJA graduate, who’s going to wrestle at Waldorf University.
“I’m looking forward to go up against the best and really put myself out there,” said Alberto Alcala. “Have people remember who I am.”
Nayeli Hernandez knows all about summer workouts paying off. As a freshman, she had just a few wins.
But after a summer program, her sophomore record was 48-12.
Now, she’s on the way to nationals.
“I ended up putting the extra work and my coaches really helped me a lot with everything,” said Hernandez. “They put us to train hard and stuff. It goes hard.”