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Ridge has four individual champs, second in team clash with Sunnyside

Marana's Santos Rivera also wins a state crown

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Posted: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 8:07 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Ironwood Ridge won the battle of wrestling powers this season, but lost the war to perennial Arizona state champion Sunnyside.

The Nighthawks had four individual state champions and a dual-meet win over Sunnyside, but fell in the team championship match to the Blue Devils, 35-24.

"The kids worked hard and it paid off," said Nighthawks coach Tim Berrier. But it was "a little disappointing, not getting the (state) title."

Senior Scott Filbert completed his amazing season by winning the 119-pound state championship. Seniors Kyle Webb and Luke McClure and sophomore Trevor Willson also captured individual crowns. Sunnyside had three winners in the individual state tourney.

In addition to winning his individual state title, Filbert, who will be going to West Point, finished second in a big Reno tournament that drew 90 teams from throughout the U.S. According to Wrestling USA Magazine, Filbert was the 18th-ranked wrestler in the nation.

"Kyle Webb has Division I schools looking at him and Trevor Willson too," Berrier said. "Webb may be going to Utah Valley State. McClure may be planning to walk on at ASU."

Berrier has lifted Ironwood Ridge to great heights in his third season with the program.

"We had a good group of seniors," he said. Berrier is optimistic about next year's squad.

"The younger kids bought into the work ethic. In a freshman tournament, we had four kids that won. We're looking forward to next year."

Ron Porter's Mountain View Mountain Lions also had a very successful season.

The Mountain Lions finished eighth in state, after losing to the top-seeded Nighthawks.

"We did better than anticipated," Porter said. "Everyone wrestled well."

At state, Caleb Crump and Adam Jungbluth each garnered second-place finishes. Kyle Gamez had a third, while Justin Rascon was fourth in his bracket, Bailey Janis fifth, and Tony Balsino placed at sixth.

"Adam and Bailey are both coming back next year," Porter said. "Ricky Alvarez and Devin McPeek are also returning."

"The kids wrestled really well. I think we'll be in the top eight again next year."

Marana's Santos Rivera was the king of the 112-pounders, as the senior won the state title.

Rivera's spectacular season saw him enter the Flowing Wells tournament unbeaten. He finished the year with a record of 38-3.

Coach Rob Lindsay was also proud of Lewis Payne, a 215-pounder. Dalton Williams also had a good year, as the team's 145-pounder. Lindsay referred to him as "my best kid."

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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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