Middle School wrestling at Vail Pride Dayby Andy Morales on Feb. 16, 2013, under Sports
The 14th Annual Vail Pride Day went off without a hitch at the Pima County Fairgrounds despite a blustery day with cool temperatures.
With most of the food and display booths located inside one of the large halls, community members were able to escape the wind and find warmth while looking at what their award-winning schools are accomplishing, learn about the history of Vail, watch miniature trains or get their face painted.
But those who ventured outside were able to take part in fun runs, go on a miniature bus ride or watch high-level wrestling put on by the four middle schools of the Vail School District.
The showcase of young athletes was put on by Desert Sky head coach Greg Cullins with assistance from Cienega head coach Marty Niblo. Fresh off of a top 10 finish at the high school Division II wrestling championships, Niblo was on hand to help with scoring, instruction or whatever else needed to be done because having a feeder program is key to success at the highest level.
“We did really well considering we finally had our whole team together by the end of the season,” explained Niblo.
“We finished 25-7 in dual meets and nine of our boys qualified for state, including state champion TJ Gudeman. But it all begins at the younger levels. You can’t really be successful in high school unless you start early.”
Empire head coach Travous DeGroat concurred with Niblo’s assessment. “Having a feeder program is huge because it’s hard to come in and wrestle your first year in high school,” DeGroat added.
DeGroat’s squad, if you recall, lost one of it’s stars in Grayson Weeks to an auto accident this year and that is one of the things the Ravens have been working on as a team.
“I’m very proud of my boys and how they bounced back from our loss. We cannot control what happens but we can control how we react to it and we learned from it and we are better as a team.”
Old Vail went on to defeat Corona Foothills 45-36 and Rincon Vista defeated Desert Sky 44-42. The results are listed below and I apologize if names and/or results are incorrect.
Part of the wrestling showcase involved an exhibition from the Venom Wrestling Club ran out of Cienega High School on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Ages 5 and up workout from 6-7:30 pm and the more advanced juniors and high school wrestlers workout before from 3:45-5:15. For more information please email coach Niblo at firstname.lastname@example.org
Venom wrestler Bram Wilson is only 9 years old but he has already figured out why he likes to wrestle.
“I like to wrestle mostly because I’m a rough kid,” he explained. “I play football also and it will help me get to the quarterback and also block on offense.”
Wilson, as you can tell, plays for the Vail Vikings come football time but he won his first bout at the Vail Pride Day event in the 63-pound division, most likely using his favorite move – the “double-leg takedown.”
“It felt really good to win,” added Wilson.
Wilson also puts sportsmanship as one of his great accomplishments that he has learned through the sport because he knows there will be times when he will be taken down by someone else. “I will just work harder and know that someday I will take them down.”
Wilson is only in third grade but he already has his eye on playing football and wrestling at Cienega in about six years. I’m sure the Bobcats will have a spot waiting for him.
Old Vail 45, Corona Foothills 36
Corona Foothills (CF) Head Coach: Victor Gonzalez
Old Vail (OV) Head Coach: Mark Capanear
68: Brandon Reeves (CF forfeit)
73: Clay Matthew (CF) over Ryan Graham (OV)
78: Logan Mitchell (CF) over Robert Lopez (OV)
83: Isaac Sample (OV) over Remington Merrill (CF)
88: Rugger Gallner (OV) over CJ Flores (CF)
93: Justice Barker (OV forfeit)
98: Jesus Franco (OV) over Mayson Cervantes (CF)
104: Michael Fonseca (OV) over Ian Powell (CF)
111: Jacob Olson (OV forfeit)
118: Nolan West (OV) over Nathaniel Miller (CF)
125: Gabe Dashkewski (OV forfeit)
133: Alex Bebee (Rincon Vista sub) over Houston Ingham (OV)
142: Garret Scholl (CF) over Garrison Powell (OV)
154: Eric Boston (OV forfeit)
167: Ethan Laye (CF forfeit)
HWT: Gavin Jackson (CF forfeit)
Rincon Vista 44, Desert Sky 42
Desert Sky (DS) Head Coach: Greg Cullins
Rincon Vista (RV) Head Coach: Steve Schween
73: Jacob Ortiz (RV) over Paeten Harney (DS)
78: Hunter Kahn (RV) over Bruno Acevedo (DS)
83: Conner Wells (DS) over Nate Martines (RV)
88: Hunter Kindberg (DS) over Ezekiel Benosn (RV)
93: Breye Souder (RV) over Breye Wilson (DS)
98: Brenda Romkey (RV forfeit)
104: Arnold Carley (RV) over Zach Daschki (DS)
111: Jaylyn Anderson (RV) over Gregory Sepeda (DS)
118: Adam Williams (RV) over Gabe Rosasehi (DS)
125: Robert Barcello (DS) over Alejandro Carley (RV)
133: Sam Wilson (DS) over Alex Bebee (RV)
142: Katilyn Pyle (DS)
154: Eade Powell (RV) over Sammy Cota (DS)
167: Sam Bereski (DS forfeit)
180 Omar Ibeuz (DS) over Jothan Benson (RV)
HWT: Brady Adams (DS forfeit)