Wrestling: Dittrich, Davis lead area charge
Just about every wrestler set to represent the Clear Creek ISD at next week's University Interscholastic League State Meet has been there before, and they're hoping the high-level experience pays off with elevated finishes when they do it again.
Clear Springs has prime examples of that strategy in junior Elaina Dittrich (girls 148) and senior Timmora Davis (girls 215), who are returning to state, and now as Region 3 champions.
"It's real special when you have girls who work that hard to reach a goal, and get there, and continue to work," Clear Springs coach Josh Knox said. "They've been (to state) and know more of what it's all about, and that will help, and they're advancing as the best from our region."
This is Dittrich's third state meet, and Davis' second.
Freshman Cassidy Jasperson (110) also qualified for state with a fourth place for the Lady Chargers, who placed third as a team at regionals.
"That high finish is a big deal, too, because we're a young school," Knox said. "Our wrestlers and our basketball team won the first girls district championships for the school this year, and we're proud to be a part of it."
After being edged in the region semifinals, Clear Brook senior Jacob Dolifka (152) rebounded to earn another shot at state with a third place at regionals last week at the Merrell Center in Katy.
"He qualified for state last year (145 division), and he'll be looking for more wins next week in Austin," Clear Brook coach Ryan Denny said. "He refocused and closed regionals with a couple of outstanding wins."
Dolifka came back from the semifinals disappointment to beat Katy's Cole Dodd and Cy Springs' Antonio Martinez for third.
Clear Lake is sending trio of region runners-up to state including senior twins Thomas Porzillo (119) and James Porzillo (145), and junior Daniel Rivera (130).
"All three have been there before, so it's not a new experience for them," Clear Lake coach Brian Palazzi said. "We try to wrestle a strong schedule that helps our qualifiers not to be in awe in Austin."
Rivera has been to state in all three of his high school seasons, Thomas Porzillo went last season, and James Porzillo advanced two years ago.
Junior Shanequa Lamb (148) was the first region qualifier for the Clear Lake girls, and went 3-1 the first day, and eventually finished sixth.
"We're very proud of her record-setting season, and she'll be back and better next season," Palazzi said.
With a fourth consecutive state berth, Clear Creek senior Hayley Mitchell (185) has seen more of state than anyone, but still remembers her first trip, and plans to make the most of her last.
Mitchell finished fourth last year, and did not place as a freshman or sophomore.
The UIL state event is Feb. 25-26 at the Delco Center in Austin.
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