PRESCOTT VALLEY — He saved perhaps his toughest match for last, but it ended the same as all of the others — with a victory.
Welcome Dalton Brady to Arizona’s club of four-time state champions. The Chandler High 138-pound senior won a hard-fought Division I championship match against Laveen Cesar Chavez junior Dajour Reece on Friday at Tim’s Toyota Center to become the 28th Arizona wrestler to win four titles. He also has titles at 103, 112 and 120.
“I’m just psyched right now,” Brady said. “It’s a very exclusive club, and now I’m part of it.”
Brady and Reece wrestled to a 0-0 draw after the first period, with Brady scoring a takedown and Reece an escape in the second for a 2-1 Brady lead. Reece got another escape to tie it in the third but then gave Brady a point for stalling.
That’s when Brady went to work. With time running down, he grabbed ahold of Reece’s leg and eventually scored another takedown, winning the match 5-3 to run his season record to 33-0.
“It was a tight match,” Brady said. “I had that leg, and he was fighting it the whole time, but I ducked up and came through and finished it, and I was like, ‘It’s over.’”
Brady’s efforts were not enough for Chandler to win the Division I team title, however, as that went to Tucson Sunnyside, which had won 14 consecutive state team championships before having that streak snapped last season.
Sunnyside was helped by an emotional pair of victories by the Olivas brothers, Juaqin and William. Juaqin, a sophomore, won at 113 pounds, while William, a junior, took home the 126-pound title.
“It’s unbelievable,” Juaqin said. “Being brothers, and doing the same thing at the same time, it just feels really awesome.”
“It’s the best thing in the world,” William said.
Four undefeated wrestlers squared off at 160 and 170 pounds Friday. Tempe Corona del Sol junior Ethan Tursini (44-0) defeated Avondale Westview junior Kordell Provchy (34-1), and then Chandler Basha junior Trey Ronayne (42-0) beat Anthem Boulder Creek junior Jro Byrd (44-1).
Other individual champions Friday included: Jacob Reyes, Jr., Surprise Valley Vista (106); Efren Hernandez, Sr., Phoenix Carl Hayden (120); Glenn Farina, Jr., Corona del Sol (132); Michael Suwyn, Jr., Glendale Mountain Ridge (145); Seth Monty, Sr., Mesa Mountain View (152); Alex Bambic, Sr., Phoenix Desert Vista (182); Gabriel Gonzales, Jr., Sunnyside (195); Ben Andrew, Sr., Mesa (220); Keyley Ellis, Sr., Gilbert (heavyweight).