Basler won the state championship by pinning Arlington Bowie’s Abbas Mounshed in the 160-pound title match Saturday at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland. Basler finished third at the regional tournament and was a mission for bigger things at the state tournament. Basler’s gold medal run was propelled by defeating No. 2-ranked Masahiro Ward of El Paso Franklin in triple overtime in the semifinals. Basler, who avenged a regional loss to Ward, went 4-0 at the state meet and finished the year 41-2.
No. 1-ranked Slater Johnson of Amarillo Tascosa finished third.
Basler ends his impressive high school career with two state tournament appearances and a historical title addition to Carroll’s legacy of champions.
Basler (pictured) finished third in the 160-pound class at the regional meet to qualify for state the second consecutive year. The regional tournament was held last weekend in Arlington. Basler is currently ranked No. 3 in the state. Other regional Dragon wrestlers placing in the top six included – junior Trevor Price, who took sixth at 138 pounds. Sophomore Jack Duval, in the 145-pound class, also placed sixth.
Basler will compete in the state tournament Feb. 14-15 in Garland at the Curtis Culwell Center. The finals on Saturday will be streamed live on Fox Sports Southwest. The live stream begins at 4:45 p.m.