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  • State wrestling: Fine line keeps small division wrestlers off the top of podium

    PRESCOTT VALLEY – Finding a spot on the podium is one thing, but getting to the very top, standing there a slot above everyone else, is something completely different.There are times there is a huge difference and others were it is by the slimmest of margins, talent not always being the difference.The area’s Division III and Division IV wrestling contingent found that to be very true on Saturday as no one was able to make it to the highest of tiers at Prescott Valley Event Center.Twelve competitors made it to the semifinals in the a.m., but only three – Tempe’s Adan Guillen and Jaren Savage and Williams Field’s Logan Lamoreaux - made the championship match.All came up just short for various reasons.Tempe junior Jaren Savage had the best opportunity, but toeing the line against him in the Division III 138-pound final was Show Low defending state champion Jackson Allen.

  • Division III and IV state wrestling tournament

  • Wrestling: DI and DII State Championships

    The DI and DII state wrestling championship at Prescott Valley Event Center on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016.

  • State wrestling: Lopez, Williams, Konecny, Groves bros win second titles, Hovis third

    PRESCOTT VALLEY – Roy Lopez Jr. is a two-time state champion, but he hasn’t forgot about where it all began.Lopez never expected to being wearing the blue and black of the Wildcats, but as many know paths change.So when his dad, Roy Sr., decided to abruptly leave his job as Marcos de Niza’s football coach in 2013 after being Despite, he said, being cleared of all the allegations which led to his being put on administrative leave by the school and Tempe Union School District.It meant Lopez Jr. had to leave the Padres as well.“When I look down (at his singlet) is still see Marcos colors,” he said. “Mesquite has been good, but I always saw winning a state title as a Padre. It kind of gave me more to prove and it was easier by having him my side.”Regardless of what color he is wearing, Lopez proved he is more than a scholarship football player as he won his second state wrestling title, this time in Division II on Saturday at Prescott Valley Event Center, in triple OT for the second year in a row.

  • State wrestling: Falling short of DII title motivates Seton

    PRESCOTT VALLEY – There have been very few team races filled as much drama as that unfolded in Division II this season.Seton Catholic and Liberty were the known contenders. It was a 50-50 split as to who was going to win it throughout the seasonNothing changed after Thursday’s first three championship rounds.By the time Friday’s finals at the Prescott Valley Event Center came around it the anticipation and pressure was clear.And with both teams having a finalist at 182 pounds – Seton’s Bridger Barker and Liberty’s Miles Nuessle – it was inevitable that it was going to be the swing match to determine it.Nuessle pulled off a 3-1 win with an escape and takedown with about 30 seconds remaining in the third to pull Liberty within one of Seton with two Lions’ wrestlers to go.

  • Mountain View's Anthony Wokasch wins DI 152 LB Arizona state title to finish off career.

    Wokasch finally wins state title

    Mountain View's Anthony Wokasch wins DI 152 LB Arizona state title to finish off career.

  • State wrestling: Wokasch finally seals the deal

    PRESCOTT VALLEY – Anthony Wokasch has been around wrestling all of his life.He knew exactly what it took to win a state title.The Mountain View senior watched first-hand as his dad, Tom, led Mingus to state titles with individuals finding their way to the top of the podium.Watching and doing are two different things.He had a terrific career leading up to this weekend’s state tournament, becoming a four-time state placer (two with Queen Creek, two win with Mountain View), but never won an individual title.It was a last second loss to an eventual four time champion, under performing and falling short of the ultimate goal.

  • Small school wrestling: AJ duo, 10 others make state semifinals

    PRESCOTT VALLEY – One has been a room leader and the other had to be convinced to return to the wrestling room.And yet both Assis-El-Sad Abdul-Aziz (195) and Michael Uehling (HVY) of Apache Junction can call themselves semifinalists.It’s just more proof that every individual has their own journey to success as a total of 12 area wrestlers made it to the Division III and IV state semifinals after Friday’s action at Prescott Valley Event Center.“Michael has been around the game a long time and he understands positioning and what it takes to win,” Apache Junction coach David Smith said. “(Adul-Aziz) wrestled as a freshman, didn’t as a sophomore and was talked into coming back last year half-heartedly but saw his potential.“Both are very happy to be where they are at right now.”Williams Field placed five in the DIII semifinals, while Tempe has three still competing for an individual championship.

  • Div. I and Div. II state semifinals

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