High school wrestling: Sunnyside wins team title, only 2 individuals

2013-01-20T00:00:00Z High school wrestling: Sunnyside wins team title, only 2 individualsDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Sunnyside ran away with the team title at the Flowing Wells Invitational on Saturday night, but second-year coach Anthony Leon wasn't celebrating afterward.

The Blue Devils had six wrestlers in the championship round of the 37-team, two-day tournament, but only two won individual titles. Overall, Sunnyside had 10 wrestlers finish in the top six of their weight classes.

"There was a lot of heartbreak in the finals," Leon said. "It doesn't feel good when only two guys out of 14 reached their goal. We've got to get better."

The Blue Devils still scored 240 points to stay undefeated in tournaments while Mesa Mountain View was second with 169 points.

Ironwood Ridge, the defending team champions, finished fifth with 154 points and had one wrestler win an individual title.

Undefeated senior Sergio Miranda (34-0) was the first winner for Sunnyside when he beat Corona (Calif.) Santiago's Jeremy Thomas 7-1 in the 120-pound final.

A few rounds later, Sunnyside junior Gabe Gonzalez won the 195-pound championship to improve to 32-0 aside from a disqualification earlier in the season.

Senior Raul Moraga (33-1) lost his first match of the season, 4-2 in the 138-pound final while junior William Olivas (126) and Ricky Villegas (285) lost their title matches, too.

"We weren't able to finish those close matches and that's just something we need to work on," Moraga said.

Mountain View senior Bailey Janis edged Sunnyside's Juaquin Olivas 5-4 in the 113-pound final for his first title at Flowing Wells.

Senior Matt Filbert (162) was the only individual winner for defending team champion Ironwood Ridge. It was his second straight individual title. Filbert said I-Ridge was missing three of its wrestlers, so he's looking forward to being full strength when the Nighthawks host Sunnyside in a dual Wednesday night.

"Then we'll decide who is the real champion," Filbert said.

Rio Rico senior Marky Lopez, a two-time defending state champion, lost in the 145-pound championship to Santiago's Christian Pagdilao, the top-ranked wrestler in California. It was Lopez's first loss of the season, making him 28-1.

"I take any loss as a good loss," Lopez said. "It takes me back down to earth to see what I did wrong and see what mistakes I made."

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