Division I State Wrestling Championships: DeBerry, Devils triumph again

Kory wins 4th in a row; Sunnyside streak reaches 14
2011-02-12T00:00:00Z 2011-02-12T00:42:51Z Division I State Wrestling Championships: DeBerry, Devils triumph againDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 12, 2011 12:00 am  • 

PRESCOTT VALLEY - Kory DeBerry joined an elite club Friday night, and Sunnyside High School won its 14th straight state wrestling championship.

DeBerry became the 25th wrestler in Arizona history to capture four individual state titles.

It was a bittersweet feeling for DeBerry after he roared in celebration at Tim's Toyota Center. It was his final match as a high school wrestler.

But he will continue his career at Arizona State next year, along with brother Kyle and fellow senior Lucio Murillo.

Father Bobby DeBerry, the longtime Sunnyside coach, said Kory told him he didn't want it to be over after winning.

"It was tough emotionally," Bobby DeBerry said. "The win, and his last match with me as his coach. ... He told me he didn't want it to be over. But it's time to start something new."

The elder DeBerry said Kyle was in attendance to watch his brother. Kyle was a big factor in Kory's four-year success, Bobby DeBerry said.

After Kory was able to digest his accomplishment, he asked an awkward question.

While receiving his medal, he looked at one of the team's assistant's and asked, "Do I have any blood on my face?"

The answer was "no," and DeBerry then made his way to the podium.

Kory is not familiar with losing. He finished his senior season 38-0, defeating Mesa's Edgar Verdi 6-2 in the 152-pound Division I championship match.

Sunnyside totaled 124.5 team points to easily register the team title.

Bobby DeBerry said this was one of the toughest to accomplish.

Kory DeBerry wasn't the only winner from Sunnyside.

Cedric Gonzalez also captured a state title at 171 pounds, defeating Tyler Cattey from Gilbert.

Murillo and Raul Moraga each took second in their respective classes, 125 and 130.

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