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PRESCOTT VALLEY –
Desert Vista coach David Gonzalez, right, talks things over with Mesa Mountain View coach Bob Callison, whose Toros won the Flowing Wells title, during some downtime over the weekend.
When joining a sports team, there are typically worrisome questions about fitting in socially and athletically. There may also be questions about choosing the right sport, questions about the coach or perhaps concerns about the competition level.
One of the few negatives of having a team in the state football championship was on display Saturday as Mesa High defeated a depleted Mesa Mountain View wrestling squad to win the Westwood Warrior Classic, 32-26.
Wrestling has been a big part of Shawn Rustad’s life since he was in the fourth grade, so stepping away from it is tough. But when career advancement calls, it’s hard to not answer.
Football got its share of broadcast time in the fall, and basketball is about to get some in the coming week.
PRESCOTT VALLEY – Wrestling is not always a one-on-one confrontation.
TUCSON - The Flowing Wells Invitational lost some of its bite.
Mountain View coach Bob Callison is taking the wins in stride to this point. After all it is mid-December and the schedule is going to crank up in the near future.
It was all the “knock down and drag out” Mesa High wrestling coach Robert Williams expected when his team hosted crosstown rival Mesa Mountain View for a dual match Wednesday.
TUCSON - In the face of adversity, a team can either crumble or take a stand and refuse to fail.
A wrestling room isn't defined by its four walls, the names of past champions listed on them or the near suffocating temperature.
A wrestling room isn’t defined by its four walls, the names of past champions listed on them or the near suffocating temperature.
Wednesday night’s 5A-I team wrestling state championship displayed the power of continuity.
April 7, 2005
TUCSON – The reputation remains intact.
The wrestling season is a few weeks old.
Andy Jay wasn’t used to this. The Mesa senior wrestler hadn’t lost a match this season. He was pushed by opponents before, but not like this. Jay was not only trailing his match at 189 pounds, he was being shut out.
Mountain View might not have a bunch of stars, but it is clear the Toros have plenty of wrestlers willing to battle.
Athlete of the week: Max Mejia - The Chandler 103-pound freshman won the first four matches of his much-anticipated high school career by pin, helping the Wolves to wins against Mesa Desert Ridge, Surprise Valley Vista, Laveen Cesar Chavez and Phoenix Pinnacle.
Greg Carbajal is only one among more than a baker’s dozen Mesa-area seniors down to their final days as high school wrestlers, but as the clock ticks down, there’s still time for a couple more “rivalry” matches.
PRESCOTT VALLEY – Dalton Brady and Seth Monty are both sophomores.
Every wrestling team has an extra opponent this season — methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. The so-called “Super Bug” is a concern in every high school sport.
It’s one of five wrestling tournaments this weekend around the Valley and state, but it boasts the most prestigious field. Thirty-five teams comprise the competitors of the 41st annual Flowing Wells Invitational at Tucson Flowing Wells High School.