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Foster Wrestler Wins State

Mar 04, 2019 | Community Relations

Foster High School senior Valerie Carreon-Desai closed out her final wrestling season in the best way– by bringing home the UIL State Championship for 5A-102 lbs. Girls Wrestling.

She attributes the success of her final 41-2 season to her family’s encouragement and her coaches' relentless drive to push her towards success. Carreon-Desai began her wrestling career three years ago as a sophomore at Foster HS, claiming the more individualized training and competition style fit her personality well.

Carreon-Desai said that what sets wrestling apart from other sports she has competed in is the extremely tight knit community, despite the lack of a team when competing. “Even when you’re directly responsible for your own success, everyone knows everyone and encourages each other,” said Carreon-Desai. 

She encourages her fellow competitors by emphasizing the importance of focus, hard work and drive.

“It’s important to expose yourself to various coaches and coaching styles so you continue to better your skill and network with more people,” said Carreon-Desai. “The more people that see your passion, the more people you have cheering you on when you’ve almost made it.”

Carreon-Desai found that when she involved others in her goals and training, she had “that extra push” to succeed when she was on the brink of victory.

Carreon-Desai aspires to continue her wrestling career into college.