By: JOHN CANNON
(AUSTIN) – As a freshman, Donna High wrestler Aime Velasquez got a taste of what it was like to compete in the sport.
In fact, Velasquez did so well in the sport that she qualified for State.
Coming into her sophomore year, Velasquez had more on her mind than just going back to state.
“My goal is to win it all,” said Velasquez. “I want to be a state champion in my weight class.”
Velasquez used that fuel to push her all the way through district and now through regionals as she placed fourth in the 110-pound weight class which punched her ticket to the big dance for the second straight year.
It wasn’t an easy start for Velasquez because she had to overcome a loss to the regional champion in her first match.
Velasquez then had to take the long road and fight back just to get a chance to wrestle for third place.
Lucky for her, she battled her way back and won the rest of her matches which put her in the consolation match.
Velasquez found herself down 9-2 against her opponent from Corpus Christi King in the consolation round and needed a big spark to come back.
Slowly but surely, Velasquez started to mount a comeback and made things interesting all the way to the end of the match.
Unfortunately, Velasquez lost the match by decision which was something that surprised a lot of people.
“After the match, a lot of people came up to me and told me that Aime got robbed,” said Donna High head wrestling coach Raul Cardenas. “She had her chances to win the match and even had her opponent pinned thanks to a reversal early on. But the girl rode her for 35 to 40 seconds and time eventually ran out in the round. Aime reacted and got a violation which was frustrating.”
“Then my corner got penalized as well and it just seemed like everything was going wrong in the match. But Aime fought hard and dominated from there. She was frustrated with the decision and was so emotional due to the fact that people told her she got robbed. But either way, she did enough to make it to state as a fourth place finisher and will go in there with high expectations. Aime is hungry and knows what has to be done in order to compete. I know she will give it her all.”
The state tournament begins on Friday and will take place at the Berry Center at Cypress-Fairbacks ISD.