Sloss, Lopez dominate wrestling competition

WESLACO — Edinburg High’s Josiah Sloss blew past his competition on his way to a championship medal at the Tomas Garces wrestling tournament Friday at Weslaco High.

Sloss, a junior, is (15-0) in the 106-pound weight class and defeated Los Fresnos sophomore Thiago Almeida by fall for the title.

“He is a really good wrestler and it was a really good match,” Sloss said about his finals opponent.

Sloss said he went into the match ready to avoid any dangerous takedowns.

“I just kept my wrestling nice and smooth,” Sloss said.

To reach the finals, Sloss defeated Allesio Maietta from San Antonio Johnson in 29 seconds.

San Antonio Johnson won the team portion of the tournament with 229 points. Los Fresnos followed in second with 160 points. Weslaco High finished third with 148 points, Edinburg High placed fourth with 120 points and Donna High finished fifth with 89 points.

“It’s a good tournament and the competition is really stiffening up,” McAllen Memorial head coach Eddy Gonzalez said. “Everybody is looking pretty solid and has weight classes that are pretty stiff.”

Mission High’s heavyweight junior Dante Lopez also dominated his competition in the 285 weight class all the way through the championship, and stretched his undefeated mark to 6-0.

Lopez defeated Weslaco High’s Carlos Ramos (4-1) in the finals. He also defeated Edinburg High junior Javier Rodriguez (6-1) in the semifinal.

Lopez defeated Rodriguez 5-3, leading into the championship round.

“I was able to get an early takedown in the first period,” Lopez said about his match against Rodriguez. “At the end I was able to get a lucky takedown and secure the lead in the final seconds.”

Wrestling action continues today with the girls tournament beginning at 9 a.m. at Weslaco High.