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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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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

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

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

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

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

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

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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