Division III State Wrestling: Amphi's Andrade caps unbeaten year

2012-02-11T00:00:00Z Division III State Wrestling: Amphi's Andrade caps unbeaten yearDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 11, 2012 12:00 am  • 

PRESCOTT VALLEY - Amphitheater heavyweight Austin Andrade completed a perfect season with an exclamation point Friday night to help the Panthers capture two individual state titles for the first time since 1986.

Andrade, a senior, pinned Gilbert Campo Verde's Matt Sokhy in 2 minutes, 47 seconds to remain undefeated at 53-0 and win his first state title.

"Everyone here I wrestled I pinned," Andrade said. "It's too good, it's unreal. It feels like a dream right now.

"I got all my family here, and my grandpa came from Michigan."

Just before Andrade's dramatic win at Tim's Toyota Center, senior teammate Floyd Jones (51-3) won the 220-pound title with a 6-4 overtime decision against No. 1 seed Austin Beanland of Buckeye Youngker.

"This is beyond expression," Jones said. "I feel great, I feel like I didn't let anybody down, I feel like I did my job. It's the best feeling in the world."

The Panthers finished third with 103 points behind defending champion Phoenix Thunderbird (121) and Cottonwood Mingus (105).

Safford 120-pounder Trey Andrews (56-1) pinned Phoenix Thunderbird's Fernando Carrasco in 2:47 to win his fourth straight state championship.

"As soon as I strapped on my shoes yesterday my whole goal was to pin out and that's exactly what I did and it's just exhilarating," Andrews said.

No. 1-seeded Rio Rico junior Marky Lopez (39-3) captured his second straight state title when he easily beat Mingus' Dilon Lightfoot 6-0 in the 145-pound championship. Already with a 2-0 lead, he scored on a reversal and a two-point near fall in the second period.

"It's not as memorable as the first one but it's up there," Lopez said. "The kid was tough and strong but I think I've wrestled tougher guys and heavier guys."

Empire senior 195-pounder Dirk McOmber (44-2) narrowly beat Blue Ridge's Jacob Badger for his first state title. McOmber took a 5-4 lead on a reversal with 56 seconds left and held on for the win.

Tempe's James Sanchez beat Rio Rico's Eric Jeong 11-9 in overtime of the 132-pound championship match. With Jeong trailing by one in the final, he appeared to reverse for two points and take the lead but the officials awarded only one point.

"It was definitely a reversal in my eyes," Rio Rico coach Brad Beach said. "But he's a junior and he's got one more year to get him a title."

Sahuarita's Jorge Robles (48-12) lost 11-2 in the 182-pound final to Blue Ridge's Kevin Henderson.

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