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Posted: Sunday, February 12, 2012 3:42 pm | Updated: 3:42 pm, Sat Dec 22, 2012.

PRESCOTT VALLEY - Alex Bambic used to be a little kid in a big man's body.

He had a baby face but still held his own against kids as much three years older at the 215-pound weight class, placing fifth in Division I as a freshman before winning it all as a sophomore.

Now, he is a slimmed down, matured athlete with an "Est. 1994" tattoo brazenly inked across his chest.

And he no longer has to worry about just holding his own.

He is the standard in Division I after winning his second state title Saturday night at Tim's Toyota Center when he controlled Hamilton's Alex Burgoyne the entire match for a 6-1 win at 195 pounds.

"I've matured and I know what it takes," he said. "I looked up to (three-time champion) Robbie (Mathers) when I was freshman and how he did things. I've tried to do the same."

After becoming the school's second two-time champion, Bambic can now emulate Mathers if he manages to win a third title in 2013.

"That's been the goal after winning it last year," Bambic said. "I want to match him."

Bambic, who finished the year 38-4, seems to always need something to pull out his best, his beast mode, if you will.

He has a gentle side that disappears - ala Dr. Bruce Banner - when properly motivated. Against Burgoyne, it was simply because he didn't beat the Hamilton senior by enough in their last meeting.

In their first meeting this year, Bambic registered a pin in the third period after getting angry because it was a close match in a dual meet. Then in the finals of the Peoria Invitational, Bambic won by a score of 6-4.

He wasn't going to let Burgoyne have any say in the outcome of Saturday's match.

It was 4-0 after two periods when Burgoyne escaped to start the third period. It wasn't much longer after that when Bambic sealed it with a hammer double leg that had Burgoyne back pedaling and stumbling behind Bambic's power for the takedown.

"He broke him," Desert Vista coach David Gonzalez said. "That's what Alex does. He just keeps moving forward until he gets what he needs."

The four wins in the tournament give Bambic 106 (19 losses) in his career and leaves him within reach of the school's all-time leader Colton Kiernan, who finished with 137 from 2006-09.

"I will probably be back in the (practice) room next week," Bambic said. "There is always more you can do."

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or Jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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