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Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2007 2:19 pm | Updated: 8:03 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Sunrise Mountain Mustangs wrestling team claimed the title in the inaugural Cactus Classic on Saturday. The Mustangs scored 648 points to finish on top in the 18-team field. Sahuarita finished second with 625 points, followed by third place and host Cactus with 522 points. Leading Sunrise Mountain to the title were Matt Lee, Tyler Binkley and Aaron Darrow. Lee (145 pounds), Binkley (152) and Darrow (171) all went a perfect 10-0 during the two-day tournament. Mustangs Derrek Slebodnik, Nico Fernandez, Zak Coronado and Jake Slebodnik finished second in their weight classes. The Cobras third place performance was highlighted by championship performances from Kendon Hatch, Ben Monarrez and Apollo Ford. At Deer Valley, the host Skyhawks finished fourth in the 23rd Annual Skyhawks Classic Saturday. The two-day event, which consisted of 14 teams, was won by Sunnyside with 588 points. Marcos de Niza was second with 475 points, Moon Valley ended in third with 445 points and Deer Valley scored 341 points. The Skyhawks were paced by senior Dustin Grande (145), who finished in second place and junior Pearce Swerdfeger (152) who took third. Listed below are the wrestlers of the week for each of the Northwest Valley's seven area schools. Submissions are made by the coaches to Sports Editor Marc Buckhout, who can be reached at mbuckhout@yourwestvalley.com. Nominees must be made by Wednesday each week for inclusion in the Glendale/Peoria Today. A head shot jpg. style photo is also encouraged. Marc Buckhout can be reached at 623-876-2598. CACTUS Coach: Nathan Stevenson. Wrestler of the week: Sophomore Danny Rodriguez. Accomplishment: Rodriguez went 5-3 at the Cactus Classic to finish sixth in the 119-pound weight class. DEER VALLEY Coach: Flint Swerdfeger. Wrestler of the week: Senior Ron Mallory. Accomplishment: Mallory, the team's heavyweight, finished second to Moon Valley's Brandon Draper in the 14-team Skyhawk Classic. IRONWOOD Coach: Sean Flannigan. Wrestler of the week: Senior Hunter Santor. Accomplishment: Santor (125 pounds) improved to 11-0 on the season, collecting nine wins during the week including a reversal with two seconds left in the title match at the Pack Invitational to score the victory in the event. MOUNTAIN RIDGE Coach: Corey Whitten. Wrestler of the week: Junior Aaron Sakievich. Accomplishment: Coming off a second-place performance in the Holbrook Tournament, Sakievich (189 pounds) recorded a pair of wins in the teams three-way meet against Horizon and Cesar Chavez. PEORIA Coach: David Garcia. Wrestler of the week: Senior Daniel Miranda. Accomplishment: Miranda, who was victorious at the Pack Invitational the week before, continued his dominance at the Camp Verde High School Wrestling Tournament Saturday. In helping the Panthers to a second-place finish, the senior 119-pounder improved to 15-0 on the season and upped his pin total to 12. SUNRISE MOUNTAIN Coach: Chris Johnson. Wrestler of the week: Senior Aaron Darrow. Accomplishment: Darrow went 10-0 in winning the 171-pound weight class at the Cactus Classic. He also earned the Randy Fernandez Sportsmanship Award named after the late Peoria district coach who led both the Mustangs and Cobras programs during his coaching career. Note: Centennial coach Brian Burgess failed to nominate a wrestler from the Coyotes program.

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