Division II state wrestling: I-Ridge grabs 3rd title in row

2013-02-09T00:00:00Z Division II state wrestling: I-Ridge grabs 3rd title in rowDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 09, 2013 12:00 am  • 

PRESCOTT VALLEY - Ironwood Ridge entered the championship round of the Division II state tournament with a 75-point lead and its third straight team title virtually locked up.

That didn't slow the Nighthawks at all.

Ironwood Ridge captured four individual titles and ran away with the team championship by 88.5 points at Tim's Toyota Center on Friday night.

Defending individual champs Troy Taylor and Matt Filbert were among the individual winners for the Nighthawks, who had 10 wrestlers place.

"I'm proud to be a part of Ironwood Ridge and proud to be part of a team that has won the past three state championships," said Filbert, who pinned his opponent in the 152-pound championship. "I'm going to miss everything."

Mountain View senior Bailey Janis stole the individual spotlight when he captured his second straight title to cap off a 51-0 season.

Janis trailed early in the match but had an 8-4 lead when he jumped up in the final seconds and let out a very loud roar.

"I looked up and I was just ecstatic," Janis said.

Sahuaro heavyweight Kyle Jividen also capped off an undefeated year when he pinned Phoenix South Mountain's Elijah Williams in the first period of the heavyweight championship.

"I can't stop smiling," Jividen said. "I just feel great."

Ironwood Ridge senior Tate Sandifer (138) was the first Nighthawk to win, when he teched Marana's Chase Meade 15-0. That completed an incredible run for Sandifer, who didn't give up a point in any of the four rounds at state.

"I just wanted to show people that I came out here to break my opponents and I came out here to win," said Sandifer, who won as a sophomore and finished second as a junior.

"I didn't want anybody to score a point on me, and that's what I did."

Taylor beat Yuma Gila Ridge's Isaac Saenz 3-0 in his final and said his win was a simply a result of all the work he and the team has put in over the last three years.

"We take two weeks of after the season and we're back in the room," Taylor said. "I get to breathe now."

Senior Scott Simmons won the 195-pound crown 5-1, adding to an already big lead for the Nighthawks.

Ironwood Ridge coach Tim Berrier admitted the win was bittersweet because it was the last time several of his seniors wrestled.

"I'm going to miss those seniors," Berrier said. "They're not just great wrestlers, they're great people."

Cienega senior T.J. Gudeman edged Marana's Eli Callahan 4-3 in the 170-pound final. Callahan appeared to go up 5-4 with four seconds left in the match, but the officials reversed the call, saying Callahan went out.

"Late in the match I just had to keep battling," Gudeman said. "I can go off to college and wrestle, and now I can check high school state champion off my list."

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