McGough, a sophomore at Scottsdale Desert Mountain, won the 112-pound class at the Flowing Wells Invitational in Tucson, arguably the top individual tournament in the state.
McGough, who was state runner-up in 5A-II last season, has lost only once this season. The loss came in a 119-pound match.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
The spotlight was on the mat at the Wilson Dome in Payson during the finals of the Tim Van Horn Invitational.
No match deserved it more than the 152-pound final, which matched Payson’s Matt McCarty, who had a 38-1 record, against Tempe Corona del Sol’s Derek Felton, a state 5A-I runner-up last season. Felton managed a takedown with about 15 seconds left to win the match 10-9.
“It was a great match,’’ Corona coach Dave Vibber said.
“It’s a good tournament. There’s a lot of good wrestling in the north country.”
Corona had five champions and two other finalists as the Aztecs won their third team tournament title this season.
As proud as he is of winning those tournaments, Vibber is just as proud of a fifth-place finish at the Westwood Tournament of Champions dual meet early in the season.
“That fifth place finish has as much credibility as anything,’ Vibber said. “That’s one tough tournament.”
Corona finished the season with a 26-4 dual meet record. Vibber has team title aspirations in the state tournament.
“I see us as being in the thick of things,’’ he said. “There are a lot of good teams. Desert Vista, Dobson, Mesa. Mountain View has come on lately. Red Mountain has come around. Westwood has been strong.”
Queen Creek has had a solid season this year with strong tournament showings and 29-7 dual meet record.
Three wrestlers have led the way: Jake Gidrad (171) Austin Cormier (215) and Tod Workman (145).
But coach Tod Workman sees some one else at work — Jeff LaMotte, who heads up the junior high program.
“This is the first time we’ve had a junior high program feeding into our program,’’ Workman said.
Any varsity coach will tell you it’s tough to win without a few kids who wrestled before they got to high school.
The dual meet schedule is over for just about everyone, so this is kind of a slow period.
The 5A-I Central Region will have a round-robin wrestle off at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Phoenix Desert Vista to determine seeding for the state tournament and the Fiesta Region holds its region tournament that same day at Chandler High.
Contact Tom Gibbons: (480) 898-5904 (Ext. 1) or firstname.lastname@example.org