Prep Wrestling: Badgers win home multiple; Chino Valley finishes 2-2
PRESCOTT - Grappling in the first of only two home meets all season Wednesday at the Prescott High School Dome, the Badgers wrestling team was determined to make the most of it.
In a six-team multiple against Chino Valley, Anthem Boulder Creek, Glendale Deer Valley, Flagstaff Coconino and Glendale Mountain Ridge, Prescott won after posting a perfect 4-0 record in its duals.
The Badgers defeated Mountain Ridge 54-19, Deer Valley 44-26, Coconino 42-38 and Boulder Creek 45-36. Meanwhile, Chino Valley compiled a 2-2 mark, nipping Boulder Creek 36-35 and blasting Mountain Ridge 51-23, but falling to Deer Valley 42-27 and Coconino 52-24.
With the victory, PHS showed it could become a force with which to be reckoned in 2011-12.
Last season, the Badgers claimed a fourth-place finish at the Division II state meet, buoyed by six seniors.
Although Prescott doesn't have as much experience this winter, it has plenty of up-and-coming talent.
In their opening dual against Division I Mountain Ridge, the Badgers rolled to the win behind six pins in the 120-, 126-, 152-, 170-, 220- and 285-pound weight classifications.
Prescott also benefited from three forfeits that it received in the 106-, 132- and 145-pound classes.
PHS 120-pounder Levi Rosdahl and Badgers 126-pound senior Mike Burkeen both won by pin in the first period of their respective matches over the Mountain Lions' Jacob Heys and Graysen Phair. Burkeen went on to end the evening with a 4-0 record, while Rosdahl went 3-1.
Later in the dual, Prescott 152-pounder Tim LaMaster dominated Mountain Ridge's Payton McCumby, pulling ahead 7-0 before registering a pin in the second period.
"Tim's got a lot of potential, and he's showing it to us right now," PHS coach Eric Koehler said.
Badger Daniel Locke (3-1 record Wednesday) followed at 170 with another solid performance, recording a pin of MRHS's Gaven White with a minute and a half left in the third to hand Prescott a commanding 48-10 lead with four matches remaining.
Despite suffering back-to-back losses at 182 and 195, the Badgers roared back, receiving wins by pin from 220-pounder Tyler Wilson (3-1) and 285-pound heavyweight David Rupp.
With the final minute ticking down in the second period, Wilson utilized his superior conditioning to pin Mountain Ridge's Vince Vasquez.
"The main thing is that I just had to keep going," Wilson said. "I had a feeling that sooner or later I would be able to persevere past him. He was pretty strong and pretty quick, but I had to find the opportune moment to put him on his back to get the pin."
Added Koehler, "Tyler got kind of side-swiped there right off the bat, and the kid was real tough. But once Tyler settled in, it was all over."
Rupp then rounded out the dual with an exciting match in which he came from behind in the second period to defeat the Mountain Lions' Jessen Hawks. Rupp trailed 8-4 late in the first period, but one could sense the tide turning when he nearly pinned Hawks as the frame came to a close.
Rupp recovered nicely with a 5-0 run to grab a slim 9-8 edge before registering the pin.
"He should've actually been ahead of the kid in the first place," Koehler said of Rupp. "He got kind of sloppy there right at the beginning, and he started settling down and wrestling like he should."
The Badgers also received strong performances from 132-pounder Phillip Eby (4-0 record), 106-pounder Saxon Vaughan (3-1) and 145-pounder Garrett Hagen (3-1).
Prescott moves on to wrestle this Friday and Saturday in the Big Red Memorial Tournament at Agua Fria High School in Avondale.