Chino Valley, Mingus and Camp Verde high schools’ wrestling seasons came to an end tonight with the medal rounds of the state tournament. Wrestlers who had qualified by working their way through the “brackets”, not losing more than two matches, fought for medals for first through fifth place. Many were on their second or third trip to “state.” Some were here for the first time, some had won before, but all gave their hearts and bodies to achieve their best.
Chino Valley High School, Division III, received four medals: Kody Davis fifth at 113#, Kishan Batcheldor fifth at 195#, Jake Lund second at 160# and Patrick Dalcerro Champion at 170#. Two of these were especially notable matches. In the 160# class the two contenders were from Chino Valley and Mingus. It was a contest that left half the spectators breathless, but was eventually won by Mingas. The second and most stirring of all was the victory of Patrick Dalcerro at 170#. He won the first Championship medal ever by a Chino Valley wrestler. After winning in overtime Thursday, he prevailed over another Mingus wrestler by a score of only 3-2. Congratulations Patrick.
Mingus also Division III, which was second in team points in the division, had five medal winners. Fourth place at 138# was won by Chance Reams, third at 132# by Hank Goettl, two seconds, Dilon Lightfoot at 145# and Brandon Morales at 170#, and Championship honors by Justin Zaske at 160#.
In Division IV Camp Verde also was second in team points, beaten only by perennial powerhouse St. Johns. Camp Verde received an amazing 3 championship medals. Receiving fourth places were Anthony McBeth at 220# and Michael Nelson at 132#. Thirds were won by Alex Anzac at 152# and Isaiah Mcreynolds at 113# and firsts by Derrick Brown 138#, Ryan Allred 120#, and Michael Casillas 106#. The amazing total was seven medals.
It was an exhausting day, but a very satisfying one for the three local schools and their wrestlers.
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