Wrestling: Sunnyside going for 33rd title; 14 from Southern Arizona in championship round

Sunnyside gathering before the storm. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Sunnyside is competing for the 33rd state championship in program history. James Brown is looking to repeat from 113 to 120; Jaime River is looking for his second title from 120 to 132 and Jesse Ybarra is going for his third championship.  Fernando Villaescusa took second at 160 last year for the Blue Devils.

Mountain View standout Chris Lopez took second at 120 last year and he will be battling Ironwood Ridge standout Tyler Rokop at 138 this year. Rokop took second at 132 last year. Nighthawk senior Jose Beltran took second at 170 last year and he is going for the title at 182 this year.

In all, 10 champions from D-II graduated so there are lots of open spots.

1: Liberty 148
2: Cibola 132
22: Tucson 14

1: Sunnyside 216.5
2: Mountain View 120.5
3: Ironwood Ridge 114
8: Cienega 71.5
24: Marana 11
25: Desert View 10
25: Empire 10
29: Buena 7
29 Flowing Wells 7
37: Cholla 0

James Williams (106)
Job Lee (113)
James Brown (120)
Jesse Ybarra (126)
Jaime Rivera (132)
Sebastian Robles (145)
Rene Flagoso (152)
Fernando Villaescusa (160)

Gilbert Rodriguez (120)
Chris Lopez (138)
Austin Scott (145)

Tyler Rokop (138)
Jose Beltran (182)

Gabe Levy (170)


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. 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. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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