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NISD sending 17 wrestlers to UIL State Championships

NISD sending 17 wrestlers to UIL State Championships

A total of 17 Northwest ISD student-athletes will represent the district in Katy at the UIL Wrestling State Championships. Wrestlers from Byron Nelson, Eaton and Northwest high schools have all qualified for the state tournament, including four who won Regional Championships last weekend.

Competition at the state tournament begins on Friday, February 16 and concludes on Saturday, February 17. More information on the state tournament, including brackets for each weight class at both the 5A and 6A level, can be found on the UIL website.

Below is a full list of NISD’s state wrestling qualifiers:

Northwest High School - Girls (4th place at 5A Region II tournament, defending UIL 5A State Champions)
Heidi Caprio (Sophomore, 100 pounds)
Emma Graves (Senior, 107 pounds)
Mackenzie Blue (Junior, 132 pounds) - Regional Champion

Northwest High School - Boys
Malaki Mendoza (Freshman, 106 pounds)
Nate Jean (Junior, 165 pounds) - Regional Champion
Jaxson Lee (Senior, 285 pounds) - Regional Champion

Image of three NHS wrestlers who won regional championships

Byron Nelson High School - Girls
Marli Denmark (Sophomore, 138 pounds)
Aaliyah Finlayson (Sophomore, 152 pounds)

Byron Nelson High School - Boys
John Bullard (Junior, 144 pounds)
Jaime Careaga (Senior, 150 pounds)
Darryl Ntouba (Junior, 285 pounds) - Regional Champion

Image of BNHS wrestling state qualifiers

Eaton High School - Girls (3rd place at 6A Region I tournament)
Macie Taylor (Senior, 100 pounds)
Ashlyn Lewis (Junior, 107 pounds)
Keira Michalek (Sophomore, 126 pounds, Alternate)
Neelie Parker (Senior, 132 pounds)
Emilee Zeringue (Senior, 138 pounds)

Eaton High School - Boys
Easton Knoll (Senior, 175 pounds)

Image of Eaton girls wrestling state qualifiers
Image of Eaton boys wrestling state qualifier