Wrestling: Diego Gadea results

Manuel and Jeannie Gadea were honored by Salpointe after the completion of the 10th invitational named after their son. Diego took his own life when he was a junior in high school and the tournament hopes to bring awareness to teen suicide. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


25 teams on the boy’s side and 13 from the girls took part in the Diego Gadea Invitational hosted by Salpointe on Friday and Saturday. All of the bouts were competed mats placed outside in Ed Doherty Stadium.

Mesa Mountain View scored 218 points to take the championship from Sahuarita (195.5). Mountain View is a Division I program and Sahuarita is expected to compete for the D-III crown in February. Poston Butte won the girl’s tournament, 60 to 52 over Canyon del Oro.

Sectionals for the Girls are scheduled for Feb. 5 and the Boys will compete for a shot at stet on the Feb.12. The state tournament is slated for the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum with all placing matches and finals taking place on Saturday, Feb, 19.


1 Poston Butte 60
2 Canyon del Oro 52
3 Pueblo 48
4 Eastmark 35.5
5 Tucson 33
6 Sahuarita 30
7 Silver, NM 20
8 Cienega 17
9 Mica Mountain 14
10 Coolidge 10
11 Salpointe 9
12 Cobre, NM 7
13 Douglas 0

100: Luciana Chavez (CDO) 22-4, Fr. over Kairi Kutyba (Poston B) 16-11, Fr. (Fall 2:48)
107: Destiny Pogue (Pueblo) 19-2, Sr. over Sarah Perez (Sahuarita) 8-2, Fr. (Fall 1:04)
114: Miyah Palacios (Sahuarita) 12-2, So. over Liliana Voakes (Poston B) 17-6, Jr. (Fall 1:23)
120: Alexis Alvarado (Silver) 11-4, Sr. over Sophia Gilbert (CDO) 21-3, Jr. (Dec 12-6)
126: Clara Childs (Eastmark) 8-5 over Alejandra Federico (Pueblo) 9-3, Sr. (Dec 7-6)
132: Mylei Seigla (CDO) 23-0, Sr. over Alexis Gaitan (Poston B) 21-6, Sr. (Dec 7-0)
138: Kylee Wright (Poston B) 18-8, Jr. over Dalien Duarte (Pueblo) 11-4, Fr. (Fall 5:53)
152: Lahtahjah Cooper (Tucson) 7-4, So. over Ariana Oberstein (Eastmark) 4-5 (Fall 4:40)
165: Ally Bonura (Cienega) 11-6, Sr. over Irakoze John (Tucson) 0-1, So. (Fall 1:16)
185: Alexus Beans (Mica Mtn) 1-0 over Brooke Newton (Coolidge) 10-1, So. (Fall 0:21)


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, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee and he earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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