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2/7/2014 8:44:00 AM
Bradshaw, Prescott, Chino wrestlers hit mats for sectionals
State tournament berths on the line

Doug Cook
Special to the Tribune

Bradshaw Mountain will compete alongside Prescott at the D-2, Section 4 meet and travel to Glendale with 12 wrestlers.

They include Jacob Kidd (115 pounds), Anthony Monroe (122), Josh Steiner (127), Logan Kellogg (134), Jarett Cain (140), Cody Russell (147), Keiffer Pannebaker (154), James Wyatt (162), Russ Dodge (173), Peter Hodan (184), Niko Long (197) and John Trout (220).

Bears assistant coach Jeff Brown said that Bradshaw's most experienced grapplers, including Kellogg, Russell, Dodge, Hodan and Trout, should contend for medals this weekend.

"We're in a really good position," said Brown, who spoke on behalf of head coach Jason Howard. "We've had success at all the various tournaments, from the Camp Verde Duals to the Mile High (Challenge) to Winslow and Page.

"We've seen competition that we're going to see at sectionals, and we've had varied success throughout the years. So, on paper, it's possible."


Prescott High's wrestling team will send 13 of its varsity grapplers to the Division 2, Section 4 meet Saturday at Glendale's Ironwood H.S. in hopes of qualifying them for next week's state tournament.

Weigh-ins for the postseason meet will begin at 8 a.m., followed by the wrestling, which starts at 10 a.m. and ends with the finals late that afternoon.

"We could definitely win it," Badgers coach Eric Koehler said of sectionals. "It's going to take an effort from everybody on the team. Everybody's going to have to win a match or two. We're going to have to have quite a few of them placing."

The top four placers in each weight class will receive automatic berths into the D-2 tourney next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15, at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.

Fourteen clubs from D-2, Section 4 will suit up to vie for a team title as well as individual medals.

Koehler said that the boys from his squad who will compete this weekend include: Riley Thein (106 pounds), Jeremy Reber (120), Braden Grauberger (128), Tierny Rose (134), Ivan Tomitz (138), Vince Lee (145), Tim LaMaster (152), Dakota Vaughan (160), Daniel Locke (170), Cooper Allen (182), Daniel Hernandez (195), Zach Wilson (220) and David Rupp (285).

Grauberger, LaMaster, Vaughan, Hernandez and Rupp should contend for a first-place medal in their respective weights, Koehler said. All of the others are capable of placing, he added.

"We've got some pretty tough kids throughout," the coach said. "Our heavier weights are usually quite a bit tougher, which is the way it's been the last few years. We've got a couple lower weights that are actually pretty darn tough this year. They've just got to go down there and wrestle like they can."

In 2013, PHS finished second among 12 teams at sectionals and took nine wrestlers to state. (Peoria Liberty captured the section title.)

Vaughan won at 152, while LaMaster at 145 and Rupp at heavyweight placed second. Grauberger at 120 and Hernandez at 170 claimed fourth.

Koehler figures that for Prescott to win the 2014 section tournament, he'll need 10 boys to medal.

This past week, the Badgers were forced to contain and treat the spread of a staphylococcus bacterial infection among several team members.

However, Koehler said that his squad entered the week completely healthy.

"Everybody has that (staph infection) under control and it shouldn't be an issue," he added. "We actually caught it right at the right time. Everybody was able to get healed up and get cleared up before the section tournament."

Chino Valley

The Cougars will take 14 wrestlers to the highly competitive Division 3, Section 1 meet Saturday at Winslow High School in Winslow.

"Our section is by far the toughest section in the state (for D-3)," Chino Valley coach Allen Foster said. "There's six teams in our section that are in the Top 10 in the state."

The coach added that Holbrook's likely favored to win the section's team title, although Winslow, Flagstaff Coconino, Chino Valley, Payson and Show Low also have a legitimate shot.

"Whoever wins our section will probably go on to win the state," Foster said. "We haven't won a sectional championship since 2000, and that's been Chino's only sectional championship. Our team now is twice as good as that team, but our section is about four times as hard."

The top four placers in each weight class at sectionals earn automatic berths into the D-3 tourney next Thursday and Friday, Feb. 13 and 14, at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.

Coach Foster said Kendall Foster (106 pounds), Joe Velasco (113), Stockten Heiner (120), Austin Johnson (126), Kody Davis (132), Ian Cobb (138), Gary Medevielle (145), Spencer Coffin (152), David Duran (160), Eric Mannix (170), Levi Arce (182), Alex Ocampo (195), Alex Cianciola (220) and Sean Thomas (heavyweight) comprise the Cougars' contingent.

The coach added that he expects Kendall Foster and Davis to claim section titles in their respective weight classes.

Kendall Foster, who's ranked No. 1 in D-3 at 106 with a 47-2 record, will carry a top seed into sectionals.

Davis, a junior team captain, is rated No. 1 in the state at 132 with a 30-3 mark. Davis had suffered from a foot injury, but coach Foster said he's healthy now and getting back in shape.

"He looks good this week," Foster said of Davis. "He's had a really good week of practice."

At 145, Medevielle has been cleared to wrestle after recently recovering from a broken arm.

Coffin, who has also healed from a broken arm suffered at the beginning of the season, owns a 5-0 record in limited action this season. Coach Foster said Coffin has an outside shot at a section crown because of his athleticism and strength.

"He'll be a dark horse because he doesn't have enough matches to get seeded," Foster said. "He's tough. He's going to upset someone at sectionals."

Velasco, seeded third at sectionals, could vie for the 113-pound crown.

"When he wrestles good, he's about as good as anybody in the state," the coach said.

Ocampo, a JV wrestler last winter, has been one of the squad's bigger surprises, registering a 32-18 record at 195.

"He looks poised to qualify for state," Foster said.

Heading into the weekend, Foster's keeping his fingers crossed that the Cougars will contend for the section's team championship.

"We'll hope all the stars are aligned, and everything comes together," the coach said.

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