Cougars win Quad-City Cup on Senior Night
CHINO VALLEY — The Chino Valley Cougars came into Friday night looking to win their first Legler Quad-City Cup in three years, with the back-to-back defending champions Prescott Badgers, Bradshaw Mountain Bears and Mayer Wildcats, also looking to claim the championship on the mats.
In the end, the Cougars were able to use their home mat advantage and feed off the energy on Senior Night en-route to a perfect 3-0 day as a team and the Legler Quad-City Cup championship.
After a full day of wrestling, it was apparent the best two teams were the Badgers and the Cougars, who were each 2-0, scoring wins over the Bears and the Wildcats. When the two teams finally took the mat, the Cougars were able to grab the lead early, winning the first five matches in the dual, and close out late, winning four of the last five, to grab the win 51-24.
In the contest, three Cougars were able to secure pin victories, with 120-punder Wade Payne, 160-pounder Keller Rock and 220-pounder Samson Estala all coming out with pins in the first two periods.
Head coach Kevin Giese was happy with his team’s overall performance and the fact they were able to get the cup back on Senior Night.
“They came out wanting to wrestle so they did well, Giese said. “We had a few losses that we probably shouldn’t have got pins on, but they did well.”
Giese added, “(Winning the cup) is huge for us. We haven’t won the cup in the last two years, so this was a big thing for us this year.”
The Badgers had a positive showing as well on Friday, winning two of their three matches and did so impressively. Prescott faced off against Mayer to open the day, who dressed only three wrestlers, but the Badgers secured two pins in the matchup before facing off against crosstown rival Bradshaw Mountain.
Against the Bears, Prescott fell behind early after a couple of forfeited weight classes and a successful technical victory on points by Bradshaw’s Blake Huenemeyer. However, after that match, the Badgers ripped off six consecutive victories with five pins to put themselves in the driver’s seat, winning 45-29.
Individually for the Badgers, 152-pounder senior Robert Hussen and 160-pounder Koby Coates were the two Badgers to secure two pins on the day.
The Bears struggled out of the gates, facing the Badgers and Cougars in their first two matches, but they were able to defeat Mayer. For the Bears, 138-pounder Sam Denman and 145-pounder Nick Foshee each won via pin.
Friday’s match was the last of the regular season for the Cougars who will now turn their focus to the sectionals meet on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Winslow High School, where the state competitors will be determined.
The Badgers will continue their season with one final meet before sectionals, when they travel to Blue Ridge High School at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28.
The Bears also have one final meet to close out their season, as they will travel north to Coconino at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30.
Chris Whitcomb is a sports reporter for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter at @AZChris32. Email him at email@example.com, or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2031.