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2/2/2013 9:46:00 PM
Badgers wrestling places 2nd at sectionals, will take 9 to state
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The Prescott High wrestling team will send nine of its grapplers to this week's Division 2 state tournament after placing second at the 12-team Div. 2, Section 4 tournament Saturday at Glendale Ironwood.

Every wrestler who placed in the top four at sectionals earned an automatic berth to state Thursday and Friday at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.

Leading the way for the Badgers were 152-pounder Dakota Vaughan and 160-pounder Dominic Garduño, both of whom won sectional titles.

Three PHS grapplers garnered second-place sectional medals, including 132-pounder Talon Vaughan, 145-pounder Tim LaMaster, and heavyweight David Rupp. Badgers 182-pounder Zach Koehler took home a third-place sectional medal.

Three Badgers earned fourth-place sectional medals, including 120-pounder Braden Grauberger, 138-pounder Eric Cassetta and 170-pounder Daniel Hernandez.


For Bradshaw Mountain at the Div. 2, Section 4 tournament, three of the Bears' nine wrestlers advanced to the consolation semifinals, but none of them qualified for state.

BMHS 120-pound sophomore Ian Cobb lost his consolation semifinal match by one point, 3-2, to Ironwood's Andrew Deneke. Freshman John Trout and senior Duane Ehrlich also came close, but they were pinned by their opponents and lost out on a placement at state.

Bears coach Gordon Cobb said it was a tough day for his squad, especially for the program's four seniors, including Ehrlich, Jordan Seeman, David Snell and Zack Steck.


Meanwhile, at the Div. 3, Section 2 tournament at Winslow High School, Chino Valley High placed third as a team and qualified seven of its 14 wrestlers for the Div. 3 state tournament later this week.

Kody Davis at 113 pounds and Kishan Batcheldor at 182 won individual sectional titles in their respective weight classes and automatically advanced to state.

Other Cougars that made state include Stockten Heiner at 120, Joe Pontin at 126, Gary Medevielle at 132, Spencer Coffin at 160, and Eric Mannix at 170. Heiner placed third at sectionals, while Pontin, Medevielle, Coffin and Mannix took fourth.


The Div. II state tournament is this Thursday and Friday at Tim's Toyota Center. Sessions I and II are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., respectively, on Thursday. Session III and the medal rounds are slated for 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively, on Friday.

The Div. III state tournament is Friday and Saturday at Tim's. Session I is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday. Session II and the medal rounds are slated for 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., respectively, on Saturday.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Article comment by: Meanwhile ........

the BMHS boys did wrestle hard - nobody is faulting effort. That doesn't change the fact Bradshaw has some issues (ahem - look at who has and now is running the program) that have kept it from having a competitive team for YEARS. Always next year, next year, next year.

Successful teams require more than good athletes. You need to have the right people to recruit, coach, and actually run the program.

I've said too much already.

Hopefully this gets fixed before the program completely dies or implodes.

Posted: Monday, February 04, 2013
Article comment by: Dee and Ronald

The Bradshaw boys worked hard. Wrestling is not an easy sport and they'll have a better year next year. Keep your chins up ,guys.

Posted: Monday, February 04, 2013
Article comment by: Meanwhile .....

......the BMHS program continues to falter.

Kudos to PUSD. Great showing.

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