Former QHS wrestler headed to college mat
Former Quincy High School standout athlete Zaylee Stephens has signed to wrestle for Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas.
A 2015 graduate, Stephens, 18, signed with the college team earlier this month. She is the daughter of Troy and Letty Stephens, former Quincy residents who also now live in Texas.
Stephens is setting her collegiate wrestling goals high.
“I’m really focused on winning a national title,” she said. “I don’t know if it’s going to be this year, but I want one before I (graduate).”
Wayland Baptist University has a solid women’s wrestling program. In fact, four wrestlers with ties to the university competed earlier this month at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Iowa City, Iowa.
“They have a pretty stacked team,” an excited Stephens said of her new teammates.
Stephens comes from a wrestling family. Her father, a former wrestling coach at QHS and a 2000 graduate of the school, went to state four consecutive years, taking home a third-place finish and two second-place finishes.
In her time at QHS, Stephens was a district champion and placed second in regional competition at 120 pounds. Her senior year, she also traveled to state competition; however, after winning her first match with a third-period pin, she later was eliminated.
In softball, Stephens, an infielder, was named to the All-League list as an honorable mention.
Stephens praised the Quincy girls wrestling program, saying it makes students better wrestlers. She pointed to former coach Manny Ybarra as someone who pushed her while also supporting her.
For the former Lady Jack, training begins in August, with competition starting in October. Stephens will be wrestling at 116 pounds. On the academic side, she will be majoring in business administration and minoring in coaching.
— By Jill FitzSimmons, firstname.lastname@example.org