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Posted: Friday, March 2, 2012 4:45 pm | Updated: 11:16 am, Mon Mar 5, 2012.

All-Tribune First Team

Wt.      Name            Yr.        School         Comment

106   Tristan Moran     Fr.       Chandler        Openly talked about winning four state titles. One down, three to go.

113     Travis Matt      So.       Horizon         Top-seeded third-place finisher lost a tough semifinal match to end title hunt.

120     Dalton Brady   Jr.       Chandler        Returned from Olympic Training Center rusty in folkstyle but never challenged after first match.

126    Octavio Penunuri  Sr.    Mtn. View      Epitome of a Toro wrestler - keeps busting his tail until he finds the top of the podium.

132      Robbie Mathers   Sr.   Desert Vista   Went 21-1 in state tournaments, winning three titles after finishing third as as freshman.

138     Robert Sobarzo   Sr.    Desert Vista   Wrestled his best when it counted most, winning the toughest weight class in the state.

145       Seth Monty       Jr.    Mtn. View       Came up short in winning his second state title, but will be a top contender for No. 2 next year.

152     Samson Imonde   Sr.      Horizon      Showed last year’s epic fail at state was a blip as he cruised to state title after transfer from Central.

160      Dorian Coleman   Sr.       Mesa        Didn’t make lineup full-time until last season and promptly ripped off two state titles in a row.

170        Garrett Ryan     Jr.       Horizon     Smooth and dedicated, Ryan brings home title after finishing fifth last seasson.

182      Christian Allen     Sr.      Highland    Physical specimen won state title handily after being upset in last year’s quarterfinals.

195       Alex Bambic      Jr.     Desert Vista   Three-time state placer, two-time state champion can become school’s second three-timer next season.

220       Ben Andrew       Jr.         Mesa         Leap year? Yeah, no kidding. Went from state qualifier to state champ by beating four champions in one year.

HVY      Richard Castro    Sr.    Marcos de Niza   Second seed, made the finals before falling to undefeated champion Luke Braun of Shadow Mountain.

Wrestler of the Year: Ben Andrew, Mesa

Coach of the Year: Vidal Mejia, Chandler: Mejia may have taken a lesser role this year in announcing Curtis Owen as co-head coach, but his fingerprints were all over the Wolves’ first state title since 1990. The top is pretty far from the bottom where the Wolves finished at the state tournament in Mejia’s first season 10 years ago.


All-Tribune Second Team

Wt.      Name         Yr.      School          Comment

106   Gary Smith    So.   Desert Ridge     Continued Jaguars’ lower weight tradition of putting some in title contention before finishing third.

113    Zach Roybal   Jr.   Marcos de Niza   Took long road to fourth-place finish after losing first-round match.

120 Da’Wayne Robertson  Sr.  Westwood   Self-made wrestler beat a four-time champion (Safford’s Trey Andrews) and almost reached Brady’s level

126    Glenn Farina   So.  Corona del Sol   Made the semifinals in Division I before finishing sixth.

132    James Sanchez   Sr.       Tempe        State champ had chip on his shoulder after finishing lower on the podium as a junior than as a soph.

138    Jesse Morales     Jr.    Marcos de Niza   The path to his second state title was almost stopped in the quarterfinals, but squeaked out 6-5 win.

145    Jared Johnson     Sr.        Gilbert        One of the state’s best athletes frustrated opponents with speed and elusiveness.

152    Marshall Varner   Jr.        Brophy      State runner-up pushed Imonode but didn’t have enough in the end.

160    Derek Schiefer    Sr.    Canyon State  Third-place at state.

170     Diego Alvarado  Sr.      Chandler     Helped Wolves to state team title after breakout year led to runner-up finish.

182      Jay Tucker       Sr.   Corona del Sol   Looked unbeatable early in the year but injuries slowed path to state title.

195   Alex Burgoyne     Sr.     Hamilton       Three of five defeats came at the hand of two-time champion Bambic.

220       Jake Lee        Jr.    San Tan Foothills   Rocked his way to becoming the program’s first true state champion.

HVY   Steve Rodriguez   Sr.    Corona del Sol   One of the few Aztec wrestlers to wrestle to potential at state tournament, finishing second.


Honorable Mention

106: Ryan Kuhn, Basha; Brian Mitchell, Desert Vista; Gabriel Cobb, Williams Field.

113: Nathan Bosley, Perry; Ted Rico, Combs; Zach Sanchez, Camp Verde.

120: William Maxon, Horizon; Joey Diaz, Skyline; Marcus Begay, Higley.

126: Brian Devine, Chandler; Estevan Ulibarri, Hamilton; Marc Uehling, Apache Junction.

132: Zach Walton, Corona del Sol; Jordan Velasquez, Hamilton; Cayman Nielson, Mountain View; John Naeole, Basha; MacKenzie Hill, Queen Creek.

138: Curt Done, Highland; Bryant Wood, Horizon; Daniel Cartegena, Corona del Sol; Blake Monty, Mountain View; Rich Flores, Marcos de Niza; Rand Hawk, Campo Verde, Justin Olmsted, Higley.

145: Derek Alllen, Desert Vista; Ethan Tursini, Corona del Sol; Austin Schmidt, Brophy; Tyler Graham, Notre Dame.

152: Joe Pyper, Mesa; Mason Darveaux, Highland; Curtis Buelna, Chandler; Andrew Finn, McClintock; Alex Bacon, Valley Christian; Miguel Villegas, San Tan Foothills.

160: Brandon Stratton, Red Mountain; Daniel Savage, Chandler; Payton Vermeesch, Pinnacle; Robert Butler, Corona del Sol.

170: Dante Patrick, Desert Mountain; Dylon Yole, Marcos de Niza; Hayden Moore, Queen Creek; Andrew Jensen, Campo Verde; Alex Farrar, Seton Catholic.

182: Alex Andresen, Hamilton; Anthony Aguilar, Chaparral; Dillon Pigsley, Marcos de Niza; Talon Higgins, Canyon State.

195: T.J. Thomas, Dobson; Hugo Villa, Desert Mountain; Adam Pavlenko, Marcos de Niza; Alex Buppert, Campo Verde.

220: Jerad Humphries, Basha; Drew Lattner, Chandler; Zack Yazzie, Higley.

HVY: Mike Kaledjian, Red Mountain; RayShawn Bogan, Desert Ridge; Matt Sohky, Campo Verde; Sean Little, Combs; Sidney Causey, Tempe.

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