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Arizona Wrestling State Tournament
- When: Thursday-Saturday, February 10th ? 12th
- Where: Tim?s Toyota Center, Prescott Valley
- Admission: $10 adults, $6 students with I.D., $15 for an all day pass, children 5 and under free
- 10:30 a.m. ? Division I and II (Championship Round One and Two, and Consolation Round One)
- 6:30 p.m. ? Division I and II (Championship Semifinals and Consolation Round Two)
- 10 a.m. ? Division III and IV (Championship Round One)
- 12:30 p.m. ? Division I and II (Consolation Rounds Three and Four)
- 2:30 p.m. ? Division III and IV (Championship Round Two and Consolation Round One)
- 7 p.m. ? Division I and II (Championship and Medal matches)
Preview by: Steve Burks, EastValleyTribune.com
- 9:30 a.m. ? Division III and IV (Consolation Round Two)
- 11 a.m. ? Division III and IV (Consolation Round Three and Championship Semifinals)
- 1 p.m. ? Division III and IV (Consolation Semifinals)
- 4 p.m. ? Division III and IV (Championship and Medal matches)
Favorite: Tucson Sunnyside has won 13 straight state championships, so the Blue Devils have to be the favorites based on that history. However, Dobson showed that Sunnyside can be beat when the Mustangs won the Division I, Section III championship last week. The Blue Devils will have 11 wrestlers in the state tournament, tied for the most with Dobson and Mesa, so they have the numbers to repeat, but will need to get some unexpected wins to make it 14 straight state title.
Darkhorse: Desert Vista has 10 wrestlers in the state tournament, including two who are favored to reach the finals in Robbie Mathers (125) and Alex Bambic (215). If those two can take care of business and the rest of the lineup can post some victories, the Thunder will be right in the thick of things with Sunnyside, Dobson, Mesa, Chandler and Brophy.
Other wrestlers to watch: Chandler?s Dalton Brady (112 pounds) is undefeated at 37-0 and looking for his second straight state title; Highland?s Curt Done will try to join his older brother Chad as a state champion. Curt (30-2) is the top seed at 130 pounds; Just a sophomore, Mountain View?s Seth Monty (140) has already made a name for himself, earning the second seed for the tournament with his 38-3 season record; The 160-pound title match could be an all-Mesa affair as Red Mountain?s Bobby Davis (36-5) is the top seed and Mesa?s Dorian Coleman (35-3) is the No. 2 seed; Corona del Sol?s undefeated 215-pounder Simon Allen (42-0) will go for his second state title, with his likely foe in the finals Desert Vista?s Alex Bambic (33-3); Mesquite has one wrestler in the tournament, heavyweight Corbin Cooke (39-3) who is the top seed at his division.
Favorite: Tucson Ironwood Ridge fell just shy of Sunnyside last season and with the Blue Devils in Division I, the Nighthawks take the mantle of favorite. Ironwood Ridge qualified 11 wrestlers for the tournament, including eight seeded in the top five in their respective weight classes.
Darkhorse: Marcos de Niza also has 11 wrestlers in the tournament and could make some noise. The Padres have the top-seeded Jesus Morales at 130 pounds and Dominic Sotelo, who placed third last year at 145 pounds, is a very dangerous 15 seed at 152 pounds this year. Adam Pavlenko (215) is also a returning state placer and could provide some much-needed points for the Padres.
Other wrestlers to watch: Queen Creek has a pair of top-seeded wrestlers, with Brigg Solomon (33-4), the top dog at 125-pounds and Kolton Lock the top seed at 145 pounds; Chaparral brothers Gino and Eric Stoppa both earned No. 2 seeds in their respective weight classes. Gino (33-3) will compete in the 130-pound class and Eric (31-2) will compete at 145 pounds.
Favorite: Thunderbird has an overwhelming 13 wrestlers in the state tournament, making the Chiefs the team to beat. Leading the charge is undefeated Jacob Graham at 160 pounds and No. 2 seed Jason Birchfield at 215 pounds. In all, Thunderbird has eight wrestlers with top-five seeds.
Darkhorse: Powered by a trio of No. 1 seeds, Safford could jump into the title mix if Thunderbird and Mingus both stumble at a few weight classes. Trey Andrews (46-1 at 112), Greg Ornelas (34-0 at 119) and Sage Ornelas (43-4 at 125) is a trio that could win titles in any division.
Other wrestlers to watch: Coronado?s Andrew Patino is 30-2 and the No. 2 seed at 112 pounds, putting him in line to face Safford?s Andrews in what could be an epic final; Higley?s best seed is junior Hunter Rojas, who is 41-6 and seeded second at 130 pounds.
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