Friendswood's Avery Beckman captures state wrestling title

FRIENDSWOOD — She is only a freshman, but Avery Beckman was the first girl is FHS school history to win a gold medal at the University Interscholastic League (UIL) state wrestling tournament in the Class 5A 148-pound weight class.

“It’s a pretty good deal for Friendswood High School to have a first girls state champion,” head coach Matthew Byrd said.

Beckman dominated her opponents at the state tournament pinning all three girls she faced early in the second period.

“It’s a passion of hers, and she’s put a lot of work into it, and it’s paid off,” Byrd said.

Beckman faced Jazmine Garcia of El Paso Ysleta for the gold medal and pinned her in 2:49 of the second period to claim the state championship.

The FHS girls wrestling team won district and regionals to make more school history. After the girls team won regionals, the team became the first one in boys and girls wrestling to win regionals for Friendswood.

Bailey Jarvis medaled with a sixth place finish at state.

The Friendswood boys competed well but came up short in the medal rounds at the state tournament.