An almost perfect day first day by defending champion Marcos de Niza wasn’t enough for the Padres to lead the 5A state wrestling tournament Thursday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
But Marcos gets a chance to showcase its firepower today when the championship quarterfinals are contested. If the Padres perform well, they likely will be able to overtake the four-point advantage of first day leader Mountain View.
Mountain View, the 2003 runner-up, leads with 71 1 /2 points and has 10 wrestlers alive for the quarterfinals and consolation matches. Six Toros advanced to the championship quarterfinal round — David Jarman (119 pounds), Brodie Cook (125), Devin Brimhall (135), Justin Castillo (145), Clancy Stockton (160) and Pedro Garcia (heavyweight). Marcos (67 1 /2 points) has 11 of 12 wrestlers in the championship quarterfinals — Walon Pierce (103), Jeremiah Mejia-Sanchez (119), David Gutierrez (125), Alex Varela (130), Cory Felix (135), Tyler Baughman (140), Wes Pierce (152), Alex Pavlenko (160), Brandon Phillips (189), Sam Hauptman (215) and Bryon Phillips (HWT). The only match the Padres lost was at 145.
Rounding out the top five teams are Desert Vista (53 1 /2), Hamilton (50) and Peoria Sunrise Mountain (46 1 /2).
Red Mountain (45 1 /2), Phoenix Maryvale, Hamilton and Dobson advanced the next most wrestlers to the championship quarterfinals. Red Mountain, which brought just seven to the meet, has six in the quarters led by unbeaten A.J. Bartels. Hamilton and Dobson have five each.
Two of the nine unbeatens in 5A dropped their first match of the year. Highland’s Stetson Anderson (189) fell to Westwood’s Adam Sezate, 5-4. Phoenix Central’s Kevin Le Pert (215) was pinned by the Padres’ Hauptman.
Tucson Sunnyside leads the 4A tournament with 80 1 /2 points and has all 14 of its wrestlers still in contention. Tucson Pueblo is second (64) and Cottonwood Mingus and Phoenix Thunderbird are tied with 46.
Desert Ridge and Apache Junction are the top local schools in the 4A standings at 12th and 13th, respectively. Apache Junction qualified five for the quarterfinals — Mike Armagost (103), Ren Riddel (140), Jerod Hood (145), Andre Harris (160) and Nick Johnson (215). Desert Ridge qualified Cory Carpenter (112), Trevor Reeves (130) and Dennis Hester (140).
Other local 4A quarterfinalists are Tempe’s Gabe Gomez (103), Larry Sanchez (119) and Nathan Bodily (152); Pinnacle’s Brad Hemphill (112) and Brett Peterson (160); McClintock’s Carlos Bello (125) and Coronado’s Josh Flores (215). The 5A and 4A meets resume at 8 a.m. today. The 3A and 1A-2A begin at 10:30 a.m. today.