Tuesday, December 10, 2013 11:57 am
The wrestling season is a few weeks old.
Valley Christian junior Aria Ottmueller, left, discusses strategy between jumps with teammate Colin Lowney, middle, and pole vault coach Perry Fraley. [Jason P. Skoda/Special to Tribune]
Valley Christian junior Aria Ottmueller, who is legally blind, knows exactly how many steps it takes before placing the pole vault in the proper place in order to complete a jump. [Jason P. Skoda/Special to Tribune]
Valley Christian junior Aria Ottmueller is legally blind but it hasn't stopped her from qualifying for the Division IV state tournament. [Jason P. Skoda/Special to Tribune]
Valley Christian junior Aria Ottmueller has shown tremendous courage in competing in qualifying for state in pole vault despite being legally blind. [Jason P. Skoda/Special to Tribune]
Valley Christian junior Aria Ottmueller was born completely blind because of optic nerve hypoplasia, which is a medical condition arising from the underdevelopment of the optic nerve. She gained some sight (20/200 vision) at age 4, only to lose 50 percent of that in the eighth grade (20/400), but thanks to pestering coach Dan Kuiper, repetition, muscle memory, and an ability to at least differentiate the runway from grass (she can’t see colors or the pit), she qualified for the Division IV state championship meet with a 6-feet, 7-inch leap at the Chandler city meet after only six practices. The gymnast and former runner finished tied for sixth with a leap of 7 feet, 6 inches at the state championship meet. Her goal in next spring’s state meet: 9 feet.
Saturday, March 9, 2013 8:03 am
Brian Brady has all the confidence in his son, Dalton, and the latter credited his father for developing him into one of the best wrestlers the state of Arizona has ever seen.
Saturday, March 9, 2013 8:02 am
Saturday, February 9, 2013 12:35 am
PRESCOTT VALLEY - Ted Rico stood on the podium at last year’s state tournament and felt nothing but disappointment.
Saturday, February 9, 2013 12:28 am
PRESCOTT VALLEY – The big-school wrestling championships had a familiar look to it.
Saturday, February 9, 2013 12:26 am
PRESCOTT VALLEY – Transforming from a somewhat plump freshman to a svelte three-time state wrestling champion has given Alex Bambic one of the most unique – and successful – careers in Arizona wrestling history.
Thursday, February 7, 2013 8:57 pm
PRESCOTT VALLEY – It was hard to take it all in at times.
Thursday, February 7, 2013 8:44 pm
PRESCOTT VALLEY - All season the complaints were that two of the Division I sectionals were overloaded with power teams while the other two weren’t nearly as strong.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 9:46 am
The path to the state wrestling tournament has been scrutinized with power pockets of teams at certain sectional tournaments.
Thursday, November 29, 2012 5:47 pm
The start of each of wrestling season in Arizona the last few season has had some common themes.
Friday, November 23, 2012 9:14 am
The key to a great food experience around the holidays is extending it as long as possible.
Friday, July 6, 2012 11:14 am
Superman had his cape and Will Claye had his dreadlocks.
Friday, June 22, 2012 6:45 am
Peanut butter mixed with some New Jersey-grit and broken down walls has Arizona wrestling at one of its highest points in recent memory, if not a peak.
Friday, March 2, 2012 4:45 pm
Friday, March 2, 2012 4:35 pm
Ben Andrew could have taken an easier route, but it just isn’t his mindset.
Monday, February 20, 2012 10:32 pm
The only team in the state that can simulate the hellish style
St. Mary's brings to a girls basketball games is St. Mary's.
Saturday, February 11, 2012 11:54 pm
PRESCOTT VALLEY - In today's high school
sporting world, the Chandler wrestling program won one for the old
Friday, February 10, 2012 11:29 pm
Samson Imonode clearly found his place, and not just in reaching
the Division I 152-pound semifinals. It is more about the wrestling
program that is Horizon.
Friday, February 10, 2012 11:05 pm
PRESCOTT VALLEY - Time trials are usually not
associated with wrestling but don't tell that to Tempe senior James
Highland state-champion Curt Done breezed into the Division I
138-pound weight classes after beating Mountain View's Blake Monty,
Friday, February 10, 2012 5:50 pm
PRESCOTT VALLEY - Every year there is one
weight class that is steeped in talent.
Combs' Ted Rico, right, reaches for an outside single as Show
Low's Blake Schweigert attempts to fend it off in the 113-pounds
semifinals, which Schweigert eventually won with a pin.
Tempe senior James Sanchez, right, secures a takedown against
Tucson Sabino's Matt Rapp in a 8-4 win to advance the Division III
132-pound state championship match.
Thursday, February 9, 2012 10:09 pm
PRESCOTT VALLEY - James Sanchez's smile looked
like it could last a lifetime on Thursday, while Matt Sohky had a
gash on his left check that trickled blood.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 9:37 am
2012 Wrestling State Tournaments
Saturday, February 4, 2012 11:05 pm
Just two seasons ago, when Dante Patrick was a sophomore, he was
a talented 103-pounder who was quick and slick enough to find his
way to the podium as he finished third at the state
Saturday, February 4, 2012 1:07 am
Mountain View might not have a bunch of stars, but it is clear
the Toros have plenty of wrestlers willing to battle.
Desert Vista's Alex Bambic, top, has put in plenty of time
nationally and internationlly this offseason as he attempts to win
his second Arizona state title at 195 pounds.
Red Mountain’s Brandon Stratton is shown during a recent match
against Mesa. Stratton and the Mountain Lions begin sectional
tournament action today at Desert Vista High School.
Thursday, February 2, 2012 4:57 pm
Coaches always want more.
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