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Mountain View took second place at the Division II state championships held at Poston Butte High School on Friday. The Mountain Lions battled it out with eventual state champion Casteel until the very end but the team came up short on the 219 to 203 final tally. This was the third straight runner-up finish for Mountain View.
Casteel came in as a slight favorite thanks to the return of Mykey and Sergio Ramos to the Colt program. Mykey won the first individual title for the school in 2018 but the brothers transferred to a high school wrestling program before returning for competition this year. Mykey (21-0) will be wrestling for ASU next year and he won his second state championship at the 145-pound weight class. Sergio (20-0) beat Mountain View senior Gilbert Rodriguez (16-1) at 132, denying Rodriguez his second state championship.
The Mountain Lions had six wrestlers compete under the light which helped provide for a somewhat dramatic finish to the tournament after both D-IV and D-III were pretty much decided in the early rounds. In the end, Daniel Miranda (16-1) won at 120, Brandon Paredes (18-0) at 138, Austin Scott (18-0) at 152, Chris Lopez (9-0) at 160 and Rudy Acedo (16-0) at 220.
This was the second championship for Lopez and he is one of five seniors from Mountain View who took a spot on the awards stand at the end of the night along with Paredes and Acedo. Everything remaining equal, Scott is an early favorite for next year with the other five medalists in his weight class all graduating.
Ironwood Ridge took fourth place with Nighthawk Enzo Spina (10-1) winning the 106 class.
SOUTHERN ARIZONA TEAMS
2: Mountain View (203)
4: Ironwood Ridge (117.5)
6: Cienega (105)
12: Buena (41)
14: Flowing Wells (36)
19: Desert View (28.5)
25: Pueblo (19)
32: Cholla (7)
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106 WEIGHT CLASS
CHAMPION: Enzo Spina (Ironwood Ridge) 10-1, So
113 WEIGHT CLASS
4: Robert Hernandez (Flowing Wells) 13-2, So.
6: Isaiah Trujillo (Buena) 10-4, Jr.
120 WEIGHT CLASS
CHAMPION: Daniel Miranda (Mountain View Marana) 16-1, So.
5: Ricardo Marroquin (Pueblo) 10-2, Sr.
6: Rylkee Kynaston (Buena) 9-4, Jr.
126 WEIGHT CLASS
3: David Chase (Cienega) 9-3, Jr.
4: Isaias Borbon (Desert View) 4-3, So.
132 WEIGHT CLASS
2: Gilbert Rodriguez (Mountain View) 16-1, Sr.
3: Asthon Teo (Ironwood Ridge) 9-2, Sr.
138 WEIGHT CLASS
CHAMPION: Brandon Paredes (Mountain View) 18-0, Sr.
145 WEIGHT CLASS
3: Cole Hickey (Cienega) 11-1, Sr.
6: Ethan DeSilva (Ironwood Ridge) 9-4, Sr.
152 WEIGHT CLASS
CHAMPION: Austin Scott (Mountain View Marana) 18-0, Jr.
2: Brent Ward (Ironwood Ridge) 11-2, Sr.
4: Antonio Lopez (Desert View) 10-3, Sr.
160 WEIGHT CLASS
CHAMPION: Chris Lopez (Mountain View) 9-0, Sr.
4: Luke Leon (Ironwood Ridge) 9-3, Sr.
170 WEIGHT CLASS
4: CJ Hangartner (Cienega) 9-3, Jr.
182 WEIGHT CLASS
2: Ritchie McCormack (Cienega) 10-1, Jr.
3: Julian Gordin (Mountain View Marana) 15-3, Jr.
195 WEIGHT CLASS
3: Gabe Levy (Cienega) 11-1, Sr.
4: Nicholas Williams (Mountain View) 12-4, Sr.
5: Kayden Luke (Ironwood Ridge) 11-4, Fr.
220 WEIGHT CLASS
CHAMPION: Rudy Acedo (Mountain View) 16-0, Sr.
3: Josh Consavage (Cienega) 9-3, Jr.
5: Raymond Aragon (Flowing Wells) 11-4, So.
285 WEIGHT CLASS
3: Wyatt Nelson (Ironwood Ridge) 12-1, Sr.
5: Toafia Fruean (Buena) 10-2, So.
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