State Division II wrestling: I-Ridge takes 3 individual titles, team championship

2012-02-12T00:00:00Z State Division II wrestling: I-Ridge takes 3 individual titles, team championshipDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 12, 2012 12:00 am  • 

PRESCOTT VALLEY - Ironwood Ridge hadn't even locked up one individual title before it locked up its second straight Division II team championship Saturday.

The Nighthawks won three individual titles and medaled 10 wrestlers to run away with the title at Tim's Toyota Center.

"The kids did a great job, and they've worked their tails off," coach Tim Berrier said.

Joey Howard pinned Queen Creek's Devin Adkins to win the fifth-place consolation match in the 113-pound bracket and put the Nighthawks out of reach.

"I found out a little after my match" Howard said. "I just went in there to wrestle. It's a big thing to win state two times in a row.

Moments after Howard's win, senior 126-pounder Trevor Willson pinned his opponent in 1:08 to snag I-Ridge's first individual title of the night. Willson also won state two years ago.

Later in the night, 145-pounder Troy Taylor won his first title with a 3-1 decision over Peoria's Brandon Cordova.

Matt Filbert won the 152-pound title when he pinned Avondale La Joya's Ocean Haire in 4:53.

Tyson Otuafi lost in the 220-pound final, and junior defending state champion Tate Sandifer lost in the 132-pound championship match.

Pueblo 106-pounder Alvaro Gallego beat James Zuckerman from Glendale Raymond Kellis 7-2 to win his first state title and finish the season undefeated at 50-0.

"I never expected to go undefeated, but I'm so glad I did," Gallego said. "I want to thank all my coaches and all my supporters."

Gallego also said Saturday was the first time his mom, Lupita, saw him wrestle in person, first in the semifinals, then in the championship.

Mountain View's Bailey Janis, the No. 1 seed in the 113-pound bracket, was the Mountain Lions' only champion of the day when he beat Sunnyslope's Pablito Sanchez 9-4 and finished the season 47-1.

"I've been working for that for a while now," the junior said. "To be a two-timer, that's my goal."

Tanner Waltz (138) and Ricky Alvarez (195) from Mountain View each lost in their championship match. Mountain View finished fifth.

CDO's Jake Bishop placed third in the 132-pound bracket, and Cienega's T.J. Gudeman beat Marana's Chase Riddle to finish third in the 160-pound bracket.

Brett Garcia, also from Cienega , placed third in the 220-pound bracket.

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