Westside HS wrestling team wins district championship

The Westside High School boys wrestling team will send 14 wrestlers to the UIL regional championship this weekend after winning its 21st district title.

Coach Mike Froelich was named coach of the year, and Kyle Lew was named most outstanding wrestler.

Dozens of athletes from other HISD high schools also advanced to the regionals.

“I want to congratulate Coach Froelich and our Westside High School wrestlers for their outstanding performance,” said HISD Athletics Director Andre’ Walker. “While I am proud of their success, I’m equally impressed that dozens of HISD wrestlers from numerous campuses have reached this weekend’s qualifying round.”

The Westside boys qualified the most district champions in the region with six out of eight finalists. The finalists were Kyle Lew, Santi Ramirez, Juan Cantu, Xavier Royere, Freddie Pagan, and Nick Norman.

Ten Westside wrestlers placed in the top four of their weight class including Ramirez, Cantu, Lew, Pagan, Norman, Kabeer Assnani, Xavier Royere, Tyler Vuong, Jemarion Moore-Kingsberry (District Runner Up), and Carter Bennett (District Runner Up).

The Westside girls’ qualifiers are Madison Nguyen, Kathy Cardenas, Alana Manzanares, and Nina Clark.

The regional championships are Feb. 11–12, 2022, at the Merrell Center in Katy.

Additional HISD 5A and 6A wrestlers who qualified for this weekend’s qualifying round.