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State wrestling: Mathers sets DV standard with third title

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Posted: Sunday, February 12, 2012 3:18 pm | Updated: 8:31 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

PRESCOTT VALLEY - The internal fire cooled and assassin stare disappeared.

And Robbie Mathers actually smiled while still in the wrestling arena.

It must be time for a break.

One well earned by the Desert Vista wrestling program's most decorated and accomplished wrestler after the senior became the school's first three-time state champion Saturday night at Tim's Toyota Center.

"I am actually going to take a break for a while," Mathers said. "I don't really have anything planned right now."

There may not be an immediate plan when it comes to wrestling but he definitely has a destination as he signed a letter of intent for Utah Valley State.

But for now, he might actually walk past the wrestling room at Desert Vista and take his mind off the sport that has been his singular focus since the fifth grade.

When asked about the last time he took an extended break from the sport was, he laughed and said the fourth grade.

It wasn't long after that when he met Zach Walton, an Ahwatukee Foothills resident who open enrolled at Corona del Sol, and they became training partners.

They met in Saturday's Division I 132-pound state title match and it quickly became obvious who was going come out on top.

The one with the internal flame and assassin stare.

Mathers, who finished with 128 career wins, led 4-1 after the first period with two smooth takedowns against the Corona sophomore and pushed it to 10-3 after two periods with a reversal and then squeezed the will out of Walton with Mathers' patented claw ride before opening it up in the third period in attempt to earn more team points for a 22-8 victory.

"Robbie is so focused all of the time. There wasn't going to be anyone who could stop him," Desert Vista coach David Gonzalez said. "He knew he had history in front of him and he went after it like he always does."

Mathers, who finished third as a freshman, was able to avenge his only loss of the season when he defeated Sunnyside's Raul Moraga 4-0 in the semifinals.

"I set out to do what I wanted to," Mathers said. "I can finally feel a little bit satisfied."

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

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