Pioneer RGV Sports Banquet Nominees

Pioneer RGV Sports Banquet Nominees
Posted on 06/01/2018

 Pioneer Wrestlers

Diego Serna, Jr.: Wrestling


Junior Diego Serna completed his second consecutive season as the District 16-5A and Region IV-5A champion at 106 lbs this year.  He added to his accomplishments by also being named the Region IV-5A Most Outstanding Wrestler at the regional tournament in Austin.  Serna also qualified for his second UIL State Wrestling Tournament this year.  He finished the year with a combined record of 39-6 and currently stands at 98 careers wins in a Pioneer uniform as only a Junior.  Serna’s greatest strengths are his work ethic and his humility, and he will continue to improve with an eye towards winning a state championship in Cypress, TX at next year’s state tournament.  He was awarded the Boys’ MVP award by his team this year, and finished 5th in the Texas Outlaw tournament hosted by Allen, HS, which included 18 schools from 7 states.

Emanuel Huerta, Sr.: Wrestling


Emanuel (Manny) Huerta’s senior season at Pioneer may have come as a surprise to outside observers, but his coaches and teammates have watched him improve significantly every season in a Diamondback uniform and expected his performance this year.  Huerta was awarded the Most Improved Wrestler award by his team in 2017 and continued to improve in 2018.  Emanuel earned a 6th place medal in his first trip to the UIL State Wrestling Tournament at 195 lbs.  He finished the season with a 38-12 overall record, emassing a total of 113 varsity wins in Pioneer Wrestling career, and was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler for the 2018 Pioneer wrestling season.  Huerta repeated as the District 16-5A champion at 195 lbs this year as well.

Mia Padilla, So.: Wrestling

As only a sophomore, Mia Padilla earned a Pioneer and  all-time record of 43 wins in the 2017-2018 season, finishing the season with a 43-10 overall record.  In two years as a varsity wrestler, Padilla has won 2 district 16-5A championships at 138 lbs and has qualified for two UIL State Wrestling Tournaments.  At the 2018 state championship tournament, she earned a 5th place medal, becoming Pioneer Wrestling’s highest state place winner in history.  Mia was awarded the Girls’ MVP award by Pioneer Wrestling this year and already has 71 varsity wins as a Pioneer wrestler.  She also finished in 3rd place at the 64-team Doc Hess Classic in Bryan, Texas.