Stacked Deck-145 pound weight class loaded with talent

Left to right, top, Mission High's Joe Resendez, McAllen Rowe's Pete Lozano, PSJA Southwest's David Estes, Weslaco East's Shawn De la Rosa; bottom, McAllen High's Robert Delgado, Sharyland Pioneer's Jose Rodriguez, McAllen Memorial's Ozzie Trevino, and Edinburg Vela's Robert Silva, pose at Sharyland Pioneer High School on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Mission. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])

Richard Eckley is from Iowa, where babies are put into singlets and wear headgear, some as early as their first birthday portraits.

It’s almost as similar as the Rio Grande Valley’s relationship with soccer. It starts at an early age.

That’s not exactly the case with wrestling in the Valley. It’s still a starter sport, for the most part. That’s what makes the 145-pound weight class so impressive. As of two weeks ago, there were several wrestlers who make 145 a special weight class in South Texas. On paper, it looks as if that weight class could send more wrestlers to state than any other.

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