Division II State Wrestling Championships: Ironwood Ridge captures first state title

2011-02-12T00:00:00Z 2011-02-12T00:38:06Z Division II State Wrestling Championships: Ironwood Ridge captures first state titleDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 12, 2011 12:00 am  • 

PRESCOTT VALLEY - Connor Buette got the party started for Ironwood Ridge, and Tate Sandifer made sure it kept going.

The one-two punch locked up the Nighthawks' first state wrestling title before the night was half over at the Division II championships.

Buette had an 11-3 win in the 119-pound bracket, and one bout later Sandifer fought through a tender knee to win 9-6 in the 126 bracket.

Buette followed his major decision with his signature dance.

Sandifer said he entered his finals match confident that he would win.

"We knew we were going to take team state," he said. "That was our goal. To take the state title home, and that's what we did."

After those wins, I-Ridge already knew it had won. It gave the Nighthawks 136.5 points to put them out of reach from Marcos de Niza and Moon Valley.

"It's so rewarding," Buette said about his individual and team title. "All that hard work had finally paid off."

I-Ridge coach Tim Berrier was somewhat speechless after realizing the outcome. He described his feeling as relieved. He said the team actually could have wrapped up the championship Thursday night.

The fun didn't stop there, though. Senior Walker Slaughter won an individual title in the 152 bracket.

The downside of the night for the Nighthawks was senior Ruben Valdez narrowly losing to Cienega's Brett Gudeman in the 140-pound bracket 3-2. Also, No. 4 David Wilson had to default in the 160 bracket because of a shoulder injury.

Joseph Bracamonte was Cienega's other winner. He beat Gilbert Duran from Nogales in the 171 bracket. Cristian Sanchez came in second for the Bobcats after getting pinned by Dougie Cortez from Apollo at 112.

Louis Payne (215) was the lone winner for Marana. He finished the season 44-1.

Copyright 2014 Arizona Daily Star. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Activate

Latest Video

More videos

Watch Arizona Stadium fill up in time lapse

Check out UA football stadium fill up in 3 minutes before first game.



Follow the Arizona Daily Star

Most Popular

Featured businesses

View more...

Deals, offers & events

View more...