Sunnyside’s 2-time state champion Jesse Ybarra wins National Freestyle Championship

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Sunnyside High School standout Jesse Ybarra beat Caleb Rathjen of Iowa (4-2) to win the 120-pound division at the Cadet Junior Freestyle Nationals taking place in Fargo, North Dakota. 128 wrestlers took part in the division and Ybarra went 7-0 with victories over wrestlers from Oregon, Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Iowa.

Ybarra won the AIA Division I state champion in the 113-pound division last year as a sophomore and the 106-pound division as a freshman.


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com


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