State Division I wrestling: Championship streak ends at 14 in a row for Sunnyside

2012-02-12T00:00:00Z State Division I wrestling: Championship streak ends at 14 in a row for SunnysideDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 12, 2012 12:00 am  • 

PRESCOTT VALLEY - Sunnyside's streak of state championships is over at 14 straight.

The Blue Devils didn't field an individual champion and finished in a tie for fourth place in Division I with Scottsdale Horizon with 113 points at Tim's Toyota Center.

Chandler won the title with 122 points.

First-year coach Anthony Leon said the Blue Devils needed to wrestle their best and they didn't.

"Unless you've got 14 state champions, your effort is never good enough," Leon said. "Are we happy with taking whatever we took? No."

It came down to the wire as Sunnyside was within eight points of first place before defending champion Cedric Gonzalez and heavyweight Timothy Laverty took the mat in the championship round

But around the same time Gonzalez called a third timeout to default in the 220-pound championship against Mesa's Ben Andrew, Chandler won a consolation match to pull out of striking distance.

Gonzalez (29-1) appeared to be struggling with a tender left knee and pulled up with 41 seconds left in the match to suffer his only loss of the season. He declined comment afterward.

Even with the title out of reach, Laverty, a senior who lost in the semifinals, wanted to win his third-place match for Gonzalez. But he ultimately lost in overtime to Phoenix Red Mountain's Mike Kaledjian.

"I saw my boy lose and I wanted to win, but it came to overtime and I went for that double and I didn't get it," Laverty said.

Juaqin Olivas opened up the championship round with a loss in the 106-pound final to Chandler's Tristian Moran 3-0 after he fell behind early.

After that, William Olivas won the fifth-place match in the 120-pound bracket and Sergio Miranda won the fifth-place match of the 126-pound bracket.

Raul Moraga followed that with a win in the third-place match in the 132-pound bracket, but then Andres Piedra (138) lost his consolation match.

Assistant coach Rene Sanchez said he was still proud of what the team did over the season.

"We're not building another dynasty, it's already built," Sanchez said. "We have 29 state titles, and no one can take that away."

Tucson's Victor Haro was the only other wrestler from Southern Arizona to place on the Division I side, finishing fourth at 152 pounds.

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