4 girls from West Point-Beemer took part in the AAU National Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa this past weekend as part of Team Nebraska. Co-Coach Ray Maxwell says two of them were national champions, and another finished 2nd. “Brisa Figueroa, who is an 8th grader, who moved up to the high school level to wrestle in the high school level competition. Katy Figueroa, her sister, was a national champion. And then we had Brithany Cervantes, who was also a national champion. And Estefania Barragan. So we had 4 girls, and Estefania was a runner-up.”
Maxwell says Brisa Figueroa wrestled at 100 pounds, Katy Figueroa at 120, Cervantes at 150, and Barragan at 175.
Each team member had to place in the top 2 of the state qualifier to earn a spot on the team, according to Maxwell. “They have a state qualifier that is held out in Kearney. And they have to place 1st or runner-up. If the first place cannot go then the runner-up takes that person’s place. So these girls all were champions in their division out at Kearney. And then if they could not go then they would be the backup, and then they would be called, and they had the option of going.”
Other team members from Northeast Nebraska besides the 4 from West Point-Beemer include Marissa Burt of Tekamah-Herman, Zeriah George and Janae Doxey from Winnebago, and Carla Chacon from Schuyler.
The team will participate in a National Tournament in Orlando, FL in late June. “It will be heavily inundated with the schools from the East Coast, and the Northeast, and the nation. And they’ll be some select teams where they take all-stars from different states, and put together. And most of the same girls that went to Des Moines will go down there to Florida as well. And they will wrestle about 5 days of competition where they will wrestle 5 days in a row. It will be a brutal thing for them,” Maxwell said.
Maxwell says the West Point girls are talking about selling cotton candy at the school, holding car washes, and setting up go fund me pages to raise money for the trip.
The tournament will be held June 22nd through the 29th.