Wrestling Makes History, Senior Wins First


Photo courtesy of Cassie King

State qualifiers were Levi Russo-Bell, Ben Russo-Bell, Jacob Munoz, Ethan Forbes, Hampton Jenschke, Chigozie Onyia and Cassie King.

Sydney Miner, Reporter

On Feb. 24, history was made for Cedar Park wrestling, with senior Levi Russo-Bell becoming the first boys state champion.

In 2017, Bell competed on a broken ankle, therefore not securing him a spot on the podium, but this year he came back and won it all in his 220 weight division.

After a second place team finish at Regionals, the best the team has ever finished in school history, they sent five wrestlers to the championships, with Bell and his younger brother, Ben Russo-Bell, being the only ones to advance into the second day of the competition. Others who competed were juniors Jacob Munoz, Ethan Forbes and Hampton Jenschke, with senior Chigozie Onyia and sophomore Cassie King being alternates.

“This season means a lot to me, I left a legacy that will always be there as the first state 5A boy wrestler at our school,” Levi said. “It felt awesome winning state. I have to say the glory belongs to God because He gave me the strength.”