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Striving for greatness: Randall’s Britten hopes to cement legacy at state wrestling tournament


Randall senior Branson Britten is a perfect 26-0 and the top wrestler in all of Class 5A. [Ben Jenkins/ Press Pass Sports]

The Randall boys wrestling team is on a mission to carry on its proud tradition, and bring back a third straight state championship.

The Raiders get that chance when they compete at the University Interscholastic League Class 5A State Wrestling Meet on Friday the Berry Center in Cypress.

In 26 seasons, Randall head coach David Quirino has turned the boys into a wrestling dynasty as one of the top programs in all of Texas.

Randall boasts six state team championships since 2008, 31 individual state champions since Quirino took over in 1995 with several going on to be college All-Americans.

Add Randall’s Branson Britten to the list of Randall greatness.

The senior and Northern Colorado signee has solidified himself as the top wrestler in the 182-pound division in Class 5A, and sits No. 13 nationally according to matscout.com.

“He’s a student of the game,” Quirino said. “Branson is the ultimate competitor, and always wants to learn and get better. He’s always asking our former all-state wrestlers questions, and learns from them and applies it.”

Quirino and Britten’s relationship started when Britten was 8-years old training at Quirino’s Omada Kitrinos Wrestling Club. Even at a young age, Quirino could see that his pupil had something special about him.

“I just remember he hated losing,” Quirino said. “If he lost, he’d get so mad. So he’s always had that competitive drive about him. That makes him great, and you can see it every time he hits the mat.”

For Britten, he wouldn’t be the person or wrestler he is without his mentor, Quirino.

“Coach Quirino has taught me everything I know,” said Britten. “He’s taught me to be a better wrestler and a better person. He’s been a huge mentor to me, and I couldn’t have asked for a better coach.”

Britten carries a 26-0 record all coming by pin during this incredible season.

The Raiders standout linebacker in the fall is also headed to state with a business mindset to defend his championship he won last year at the 170-pound weight class. Now in the 182-pound division, Britten Is ready to solidify his legacy as one of the best to step on a Randall mat.

“My goal is to go down and win it all individually and with the team,” said Britten, who has 138 career wins in three years on varsity. “I’ve been fortunate to win by pins all season, and if I get the chance I’d love to win all of these matches at state by pin to finish off my career strong. It’s going to be hard, but that’s my goal.”

Joining Britten at state is — Ashton Bennert (106-pound), Aidan Medina (120 pound), Andres Mendoza (126-pound), Jesse Perea (132-pound), Jared Gallegos (145-pound), Patrick Perea (152-pound), Malaki Owens (160-pound), Kale Farrington (170-pound), and Nathan Guzman (195-pound).


Dumas takes seven to state

The Region I-5A runner-up Dumas Demons are hoping to make an impact at the Class 5A State Wrestling Meet on Friday.

The Demons qualified seven wrestlers to state with four regional champions. Robert Ruiz (126 pound), Ahlee Yart (132), Diego Falcon (152) and Karlo Sanchez (225) all claimed regional titles. Joining those four will be Brandon Smith (113), Juan Romero (160), and Cannon Speck (182).


Texas Panhandle boys state qualifiers

106-pound

Ashton Bennert, Randall, Sr.

Season record: 22-1


113-pound

Jaden Valdez, Caprock, Fr.

Season record: 21-1


120-pound

Aidan Medina, Randall, Jr.

Season record: 22-2


Richard Davila, Caprock, So.

Season record: 23-3


126-pound

Andres Mendoza, Randall, Sr.

Season record: 25-1


Nathaniel Ruiz, Caprock, Fr.

Season record: 22-2


132-pound

Robert Ruiz, Dumas, Sr.

Season record: 25-2


Jesse Perea, Randall, Sr.

Season record: 23-3


138-pound

Ahlee Yart, Dumas, Sr.

Season record: 25-4


145-pound

Andrea Suarez, Tascosa, So.

Season record: 26-2


Jared Gallegos, Randall, Sr.

Season record: 23-3


152-pound

Diego Falcon, Dumas, Sr.

Season record: 29-2


Patrick Perea, Randall, Sr.

Season record: 20-5


160-pound

Malaki Owens, Randall, Sr.

Season record: 23-3


Juan Romero, Dumas, Jr.

Season record: 8-5


170-pound

Kale Farrington, Randall, Sr.

Season record: 23-2


Alex Diaz, Amarillo High, Sr.

Season record: 26-2


182-pound

Branson Britten, Randall, Sr.

Season record: 26-0

Cannon Speck, Dumas, Jr.

Season record: 26-6


Levi Slaydon, Amarillo High, Jr.

Season record: 27-6


195-pound

Nathan Guzman, Randall, Sr.

Season record: 17-5


220-pound

1st: Karlo Sanchez, Dumas, Sr.

Season record: 21-1


285-pound

Joseph Voiron, Pampa, Sr.

Season record: 19-2





1st: Karlo Sanchez, Dumas, Sr.

Season record: 21-1


285 pound

Joseph Voiron, Pampa, Sr.

Season record: 19-2


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