Camp Verde wrestling gets 5 champs, title

Camp Verde wrestling gets 5 champs, title

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Camp Verde wrestling gets 5 champs, title

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PRESCOTT VALLEY — Benson’s Ross Ens has a picture of Eagar Round Valley’s Ethan Workman pasted on his mirror.

Workman’s name is written there, too, so that it is impossible for the sophomore to forget the opponent who caused his exit in last year’s 113-pound semifinal round of the state championships, where Ens lost to Workman by a 10-3 decision.

And when the two were set to square off again on Saturday, this time in the Division IV state championship match of the 120-pound weight class at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Ens wasn’t just looking for his first state title, he was hunting down a ghost that haunted him all year long.

Ens trailed for most of the match, but a last-second takedown as time expired gave him the 5-4 victory.

“I wasn’t going to let it happen again,” Ens said. “I just figured I had to (make a move) as soon as the whistle blew because I only had five seconds left.”

Ens helped Benson to a fifth-place finish in the team competition, but there was no catching Camp Verde, which cruised to victory with 243.5 points. Defending champion St.Johns took second with 195.5 points.

Camp Verde had five individual champions Saturday, including freshmen Matt Mejia (106 pounds) and Alex Casillas (113), defending champion Ryan Allred (132) and seniors Alex Anzar (152), Heath Carroll (160).

“I’ve got a lot of great kids that want to work hard and enjoy the sport of wrestling,” Camp Verde coach Bob Weir said.

In addition to taking home a team title, Camp Verde also broke the state record for most pins in a season with 169. The new mark surpassed the old record by three pins.

Mejia, Camp Verde’s first wrestler of the day, pinned Morenci’s Joe Guerra late in the first period Saturday.

“(My teammates) always tell me, ‘Start things off. Start things off,’” Mejia said. “So I always go out there and try and pin them and get the momentum going.”

St.Johns had four individual victors, including defending champion Jared Anderson (170). Jake Lee of San Tan Foothills also defended his title in the 220-pound weight class.

Other individual champions Saturday included: Eli Frazier, Jr., St.Johns (126); Ryan Shatto, Sr., Parker (138); Tyler Crosby, Sr., St.Johns (145); Garrett Davis, Jr., St.Johns (182); Ben Miller, Sr., Willcox (195); Santiago Robledo, So., Morenci (heavyweight).

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