This was not the best way to end the season. Coming off spectacular achievements last week in the individual state championships, the Queen Creek Bulldogs put themselves in position to capture the state team crown.
Seeded number one among 4A-I schools, the Bulldogs wanted to feed on their collective accomplishments, and add hardware to the school’s trophy case.
Perhaps caught in the frenzy of last week, the Bulldogs came out flat and uninspired to Moon Valley and dropped the state title match 49-28 Saturday night at Peoria High School.
“Last week was sweet and this week was bitter,” said Queen Creek coach Tod Workman. “We did not step on the mat, and we were out-coached.”
For all practical purposes, this state team match was over early. Despite holding an early lead at 103, the Bulldogs' Sheldon Solomon went down 7-4 to Mikah Trejo, and then the next five Queen Creek wrestlers were pinned.
By that point, the Bulldogs were down 33-0 before they scored the first points, could not recover from a slow start and were never in this match.
Last week, Queen Creek picked up three state crowns, and eight wrestlers finished in the top four of eight weight categories. That created the No. 1 seed, but the Bulldogs hardly looked like a team in that position.
State winners, Kolton Lock at 145, Trace Bowman at 171 and Wes Moore at 189 all did their job against Moon Valley. Lock won his match with a pin of Anthony Smith at 3:38, Moore took a 12-4 major decision over Codey Tamez, and Bowman pinned Moon Valley’s Joe Javrique at 1:49.
Otherwise, the Bulldogs showed little production, and for the most part, this match was lost down low.
Down by 33-0, Queen Creek’s first point came at 140. Here, Alram Moreno was awarded six points when his opponent Tabias Banagat retired. That occurred when Banagat was slammed to mat and could not return.
With an ice bag on his right shoulder, Moon Valley team trainers speculated he had a separated shoulder but that was pending X-rays.
The other Queen Creek winner was Daniel Bowman at 215 when he pinned Decian Price at 5:57.
“Despite what happened (against Moon Valley), this was a great year and nothing can take away from what we accomplished (last week),” Workman said. “These guys are still champions in my mind.”
In the 4A-II state competition, Cottonwood Mingus defeated Phoenix Thunderbird, 46-16. That match was also held at Peoria High School on Saturday night.
Moon Valley 49, Queen Creek 28
103 - Mikah Trejo (MV) def. Sheldon Solomon, 7-4
112- Jon Kelly (MV) fall Tucker Workman, 1:05
119 - Michael Workman (MV) fall Michael Uribe, 2:48
125 - Mike Aanenson (MV) fall Brigg Solomon, 2:18
130 - Tatum Banayat (MV) fall Tyler Fullerton, 3:56
135- Ryan Kulesa (MV) fall Bo Chapman, :45
140 - Alram Moreno (QC) def. Tabias Banagat, 6-0
145 - Kolton Locke (QC) pinned Anthony Smith, 3:38
152 - John Gast (MV) pinned Vlademir DeWys 4:30
160 - Danny Mehmedi (MV) def. Richard Zamyefski, 13-5
171 - Trace Bowman (QC) pinned Joe Javrique, 1:49
189 - Wes Moore (QC) def. Codey Tamez, 12-4
215 - Daniel Bowman (QC) pinned Decian Price, 5:57
Hwt - Vi Trefoil (MV) pinned Dallin Davis, :45