Tigers take the podium at state wrestling meet

A pair of podium finishes highlighted the Dripping Springs Tiger wrestling team’s trek to the UIL class 5A wrestling meet at the Berry Center in Cypress last week.

With a medal draped around his neck, Dripping Springs High wrestler Chase Warden celebrates a 3rd place finish in his weight class at the UIL state meet. (photo by Joe Kirkey)

Chase Warden (53-4) placed third overall in the 126-pound class over the weekend and scored 18 team points for the Tigers, who finished 14th out of 82 teams in the field. Warden defeated Bryan’s Caden DeJesus, El Paso Hanks’ Saul Rocha before falling to Carrlton Creekview’s Patrick Heidelbert. Warden completed his weekend by winning his consolation semifinal match and besting Corpus Christi Veterans’ Memorial’s Daniel Leal for third place.

Tiger wrestler Clayton Jetton (46-10) finished 6th in the 195-pound class and tallied 8.5 team points in the process. Jetton defeated Eduardo Cintron from El Paso Andress and then won by decision over Midlothian wrestler Ryan Flores in the quarterfinal.

Other wrestlers competing were Micah Ribera (38-13), Benjamin Owens (28-19), Ryland Kinard (36-13) and Anthony Bigley (17-28).

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