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Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 4:00 am

Last year, the Mountain View Mountain Lions (17-3) wrestled their way to the title in the 23rd Annual Mountain View Dual Tournament.

This year, they weren’t far off from doing it again. 

The Mountain Lions – a younger and less experienced team than in 2011 – finished third place in a field of 16 teams representing all four high school divisions. But age has nothing to do with heart so far this season, according to head coach Paul Ponce.

“We have a young team this year that is tough and eager to learn each day,” said Ponce. “We are starting three freshman and five sophomores. So, eight out of 14 are underclassmen.”

And while experience (and eventually the tournament trophy), went to St. John’s High School, Mountain View came away from the tournament with something to call their own, when senior Bailey Janis was voted Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament by coaches. 

“It feels great to get other coaches’ votes, and to know they liked how I wrestled,” said Janis. 

For even the casual follower of high school wrestling, the feat is no surprise, as Janis is currently undefeated at 26-0 this year, and looking to repeat a state championship performance as he did last year in the 113-pound weight class.

This year, Janis is wrestling at 120 pounds, and despite a near flawless season last year, Janis says things are only looking better this time around, though there is always room for improvement.

“I’ve improved a great deal since last year,” said Janis. “There are always little things you can do to get to the next level of wrestling, like not just focusing on scoring from top to bottom, but scoring neutral and on my opponents’ mistakes. I’ve really put in a lot of work in the off season.”

Though Janis acknowledges the team is somewhat weaker this year, he was happy to see them string together the loose ends to come up with a third place finish. 

“Our team really came together toward the end, and that was nice to see,” said Janis. “We’ve lost two seniors this year, but the kids we have now will be great years down the road.”

Mountain View defeated Cienega 38-21 to finish third place behind Washington Union, a Fresno-based school.

Morenci placed fifth after defeating Safford for the first time in years, with a score of 40-26.

Mountain View has placed in both tournaments it has entered this year, the other being the Camp Verde Invitational, where the team finished second.

The Mountain Lions will next head to Prescott on Jan. 4-5 to compete in the Mile High Challenge at Tim’s Toyota Arena.

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Tuesday, September 30

Boys Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View at Haven Golf Course

Ironwood Ridge, Buena, Catalina at Rincon (Dell Urich)

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at CDO

Maricopa at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Vista Grande

Poston Butte at Catalina Foothills

San Miguel at Pusch Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Wednesday, October 1

Girls Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View vs. Ironwood Ridge (Omnu Tucson National)

CDO, Sunnyside at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Sabino at Catalina Foothills

Cross Country (4:30 p.m.)

Ironwood Ridge, Sahuarita at Flowing Wells (Columbus Park)

Marana, St. Gregory at Catalina Foothills

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

CDO at Ironwood Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills at CDO

JV Football (6.p.m.)

Marana at Maricopa

Salpointe at Mountain View

CDO at Catalina Foothills

Thursday, October 2

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Mountain View, St. Gregory’s, Pusch Ridge at Marana

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Poston Butte

Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells

Pusch Ridge at Willcox

Varsity Football (7p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Rincon

Friday, October 3

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Girls Vollyeball (all day)

CDO, Catalina Foothills at Falcon Invitational

Cross Country

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Desert Twilight Festival

Varsity Footbal (7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at San Tan Valley

Saturday, October 4

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Swimming (all day)

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Brophy/Xavier Swim Invitational

Girls Volleyball (4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Desert Christian

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