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As the postseason approaches, the Westlake wrestling team got to gauge itself against some of the state’s best over the weekend at the State Dual Meet Tournament Saturday.

The Chaparrals wound up 12th at the tournament, essentially putting them as the 12th best squad in the state as annually the top four teams in each Class 5A region are at the tournament.

While Westlake got a win against El Paso Hanks 31-30, the Chaps fell to Arlington Martin and Katy Morton Ranch in pool competition to advance to the bronze bracket. The Chaps narrowly lost to Cy Woods and San Antonio Churchill in the bracket to finish 12th overall.

“It was really exciting and frustrating all together,” Westlake wrestling coach Pat O’Harra said. “That tournament – it’s just an honor to be there anyway. We didn’t expect to win a dual, and we did. We got to wrestle teams from all four regions. It was a great experience and preparation for our postseason.”

Junior Robbie Boyd (220 pounds), sophomore Alex Pankhurst (145) and freshman Hunter Roberts (113) all went undefeated with perfect 5-0 records during the tournament.

“That was awesome,” O’Harra said. “That was probably the most exciting part. Quite a feat for the State Dual Meet Tournament.”

Westlake also got an easy warm-up victory over Vandegrift on Jan. 9, topping the Vipers B team 64-7 as the Chaps were missing some of its varsity squad as well.

The Chaps last went to the prestigious tournament in 2008, finishing 4-1.

Wednesday Westlake will host Vista Ridge starting at noon, with the early school-day start time providing a chance for plenty of spectators to take in the annual “Lunchroom Brawl.”

Westlake will wrestle at Cedar Park Saturday and hosts Dripping Springs Jan. 23 as the last tournaments of the regular season.

The district tournament is set for Feb. 1-2 at the Delco Center, with regionals Feb. 8-9 and the state tournament set for Feb. 22-23.

“It’ll be fun when we get to that point,” O’Harra said.

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