Baxter, Bogner Crowned State Wrestling Champions

Demons take 2nd place as a team at the 2022 Texas UIL State Wrestling Tournament. - Courtesy Photo: Dumas ISD

Last Updated on February 20, 2022 – 10:27 AM CST

CYPRESS, TX – Dumas wrestling standouts Bronson Baxter and Hunter Bogner were crowned individual state champions, and Serese Guillen finished runner-up Saturday at the UIL Class 5A State Tournament at the Berry Center. Serese becomes Dumas’ first Demonette to reach the state finals since the program started.

The Demons’ boys wrestling team, which placed third at last year’s state tourney, finished second behind Lovejoy with 81 points.

Demons take 2nd place as a team at the 2022 Texas UIL State Wrestling Tournament. – Courtesy Photo: Dumas ISD

Baxter claimed the top spot at 145 pounds with four pinfalls. The junior defeated Tyler Pomeroy of Huntsville in 2:27 to open the tournament before advancing to the semifinals with a 55-second win over Midlothian Heritage’s Anthony Schmidt. A win against Isaiah Hunter of Lovejoy in 1:49 propelled Baxter to the championship where he pinned Rock Hill’s Xavier Jukes in 3:44 to win the state title.

Courtesy Photo: Dumas ISD

Bogner went 4-0 to claim the championship at 113 pounds with a 7-3 decision against Grapevine’s Gabe Aldaco. The freshman pinned Husbaldo Salazar of Mission Sharyland before notching decisions over Burleson Centennial’s Xavier Rodela and Larry Layman of Northwest to reach the title match.

Courtesy Photo: Dumas ISD

Guillen registered a trio of pinfalls to reach the 95-pound division championship. The freshman sensation lost by a 7-3 decision to Sydney Perez of A&M Consolidated in the gold medal match, and ended the season with an impressive 46-7 mark.

Dumas had three wrestlers who cracked the top six in their respective weight classes. Junior Emily Loya and sophomore Carlos Magallanes placed fifth in the 128-pound and 106-pound divisions, respectively, while senior Andre Garbalena placed sixth in the 285-pound weight class.

Loya topped Maya Khabbaz of Pflugerville Weiss in the fifth-place matchup by a 7-3 decision to finish the season with a 50-7 record.

Magallanes garnered a 3-2 decision over Aidan Rodriguez of Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial in the fifth-place match to improve his season card to 29-12.

Garbalena was pinned by Corpus Christi King’s Jacob Cates in 2:50 in the fifth-place match and finished the season with a 40-12 record.