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Deer Valley claims top 10 finish at Peoria Invite

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Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2008 12:37 pm | Updated: 9:11 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Sunnyside Blue Devils ran away with the 2008 Peoria Invitational taking first in the 32-team wrestling tournament. During the two-day event which ended Saturday, Sunnyside garnered 268.5 points to beat second place Cimarron Memorial by 64 points. The top performance turned in by a Northwest Valley team came from Deer Valley. The Skyhawks finished 10th, led by 145-pound champion, junior Pearce Swerdfeger who paced the Skyhawks with 28 points. Swerdfeger, the top seed in the 145-weight class, pinned his way to the final four before earning a 10-9 win over Brophy's Clinton Norton in the semifinals. In the championship match, he earned an 8-5 win over the No. 3 seed, Brogan Ashjian of Cimarron Memorial. Also earning top six finishes were Deer Valley's Dustin Grande, who took fourth in the 140-pound weight division and Jarred Ritter, who took sixth at 135 pounds, for the Skyhawks who earned 95.5 points in the tournament. Sunrise Mountain, which finished 11th with 86 points, placed a pair of Mustangs as Tyler Binkley took fourth in the 145-pound weight class and Jake Slebodnik finished sixth in the 152-pound weight class. Among the other local high school, Centennial finished 16th and was led by Cody Leisten, who took third in the 130-pound weight class. Peoria, finished 20th, with 140-pounder Matthew Arizmendez taking third. Mountain Ridge finished 21st in the tournament. Next up for Sunrise Mountain and Centennial is a trip to Ironwood where they'll compete in the Eagle Invitational today and Saturday. The 20-team event, which includes Cactus, Dobson, Brophy, Westview, Sunnyslope, Apollo, Valley Vista, Willow Canyon, Buckeye, Millennium, Valley Christian, Tolleson, Phoenix Christian, Goldwater, Lake Havasu, Cactus Shadows and Tempe, gets under way at 10 this morning and Saturday. The finals are set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Listed below are the team results from the Peoria Invitational. 1. Sunnyside 268.5 2. Cimarron Memorial 204.5 3. Safford 204 4. Rio Rancho 179.5 5. Desert Vista 158 10. Deer Valley 95.5 16. Centennial 64.5 20. Peoria 43 21. Mountain Ridge 36.5 WRESTLER OF THE WEEK Cactus Coach: Nathan Stevenson Wrestler: Senior Apollo Ford Accomplishment: Ford, the top-ranked 215 pounder in the 4A Div-I ranks, went 4-0 last week to push his record to 37-1 on the season. "Apollo is very focused this year," Stevenson said. "His leadership is very important to the team." Centennial Coach: Brian Burgess Wrestler: Cody Leisten Accomplishment: Leisten, who was the champion in the 130-pound weight class at the Pack Invitational earlier this year, took third at the Peoria Invitational highlighted by a pair of victories over the No. 2 seed. "Cody has the ability and fight to be a champion," said Burgess. Deer Valley Coach: Flint Swerdfeger Wrestler: Junior Jared Ritter Accomplishment: Ritter, who saw his football season come to an end in early September when he was airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital on a backboard, overcame the back injury as well as illness to take sixth in the 32-team Peoria Invitational despite half the practice time of his fellow wrestlers this season. "Jared is one of the toughest kids I have ever had the pleasure of coaching," coach Flint Swerdfeger said. "He is very determined and has a great work ethic which will carry him far in athletics and in life." The Skyhawks wrestler of the holiday break was junior Pearce Swerdfeger. During a tournament in Las Vegas, the junior, who is 25-2 on the season took third place in the 145-pound weight class. After turning in the highest finish of any Arizona athlete at the event, Swerdfeger was victorious at the Peoria Invitational Saturday. Ironwood Coach: Sean Flanigan Wrestler: Sophomore Cody Prince Accomplishment: Prince, who only recently worked his way into the lineup in the 114-pound weight class, won two matches for the Eagles this week. "He is a classic example of a young man who waited in the wings and when his chance came, he took it," Flanigan said. "He has shown the ability and desire to be a force to be reckoned with for the next couple season."

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