PRESCOTT VALLEY – Wrestling is not always a one-on-one confrontation.
The mind can be the hardest thing to overcome
There are times when the brain creates a second opponent that is tougher than the actual wrestler lining up across from him.
It sees the guy who is a returning state champ instead of a blank face it should be when the clock starts.
“I used to worry about what they did,” Mountain View junior Weston Taylor said. “I’d let it get to me, but I’ve had a lot of coaches help me change that. You have to just go out there wrestle and not worry about what they (accomplished).”
It probably helps that Taylor, and his two brothers, wrestled in Utah the last few years after originally starting out their time on the mat in Safford, so they are not as familiar with the names and accolades that come with others.
Taylor treated Westview senior Kordell Provchy like he was second-tier wrestler instead of a Division I state runner-up, as Taylor got a pin in 1 minute, 53 seconds at Friday’s Division I state championship quarterfinals at Tim's Toyota Center. It wasn’t as if Taylor caught Provchy, who came in as sectional champ with a 21-2 record, in a funky move.
Taylor put him on his back three times before securing the impressive fall.
“We don’t talk about winning or losing or who they are facing,” Mountain View coach Bob Callison said. “We talk about winning situations, winning scrambles and executing our approach. We want to de-pressurize the situation as much as possible.”
The Toros, who lead the team race with 89 points, will have a lot of depressurizing to do when the semifinals resume Saturday morning. Mountain View has five competitors still vying for a championship.
Mountain View is being chased by Sunnyside (68 points, 6 semifinalists) and Corona del Sol (62.5, 4 in semis), while Boulder Creek (4 in semis) and Ironwood Ridge (6 in semis) are tied for fourth at 58.
Joining Weston is brother Kieffer (170), Paden Mason (113), Seth Monty (145) and Ryan Gallo (3-2).
The Aztecs' four semifinalists are Glenn Farina (138), Mike Clare (195), Ethan Tursini (160) and Bridger Barker (182).
Dobson was able to place three in the semifinals Tyler Meraz (132), Jordan Sherwood (152) and Christian Davis (170). Mesa matched them with Brett Kasprzyk (132), Lui Bonilla (195) and Robert Schrock (HVY).
In Division II action, Marcos de Niza has three (Ryan Sondrup at 132, Richard Florez at 152, Adam Baca at HVY) in the semifinals, Higley has two (Cameron Wells at 160, Drew Aho at heavyweight), while McClintock (Elijah Hamlim, 170) and Queen Creek (Anthony Wokasch, 138) have one each.