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2/10/2013 6:01:00 AM
Leyva rebounds from loss, finishes third at state
LES STUKENBERG/Prescott Daily Courier 
Kingman’s Andrew Leyva (top) wrestles Queen Creek’s Hayden Moore in the semifinals of the 170-pound weight class Thursday night in Prescott. Leyva lost, 7-4, but came back to finish third in the weight class.
LES STUKENBERG/Prescott Daily Courier
Kingman’s Andrew Leyva (top) wrestles Queen Creek’s Hayden Moore in the semifinals of the 170-pound weight class Thursday night in Prescott. Leyva lost, 7-4, but came back to finish third in the weight class.

Rodney Haas
Miner Sports Reporter


Andrew Leyva's quest to become Kingman High's first wrestling state champion in 30 years fell one match short Thursday night at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.

Leyva lost his semifinal match in the 170-pound weight class of the Division II State Tournament by a 6-4 decision to Queen Creek's Hayden Moore. Moore, who entered the tournament with a 51-3 record, won the state championship with a 7-3 decision over Oro Valley Ironwood Ridge's Tristan Mordecai.

Leyva rebounded to get a 12-7 decision over Glendale Apollo's Nicolas Bayless to advance to the third-place match. There he defeated Maricopa's Shawn Gunter, 11-4.

Leyva began the tournament Thursday by pinning Avondale La Joya's Joseph Gonzalez in 1:35 and advanced to the semifinal match by pinning Peoria's Victor Portillo in 5:21.

As a team, the Bulldogs qualified five wrestlers and ended up taking 19th place with 28 points. Ironwood Ridge won the team title with 216 points, followed by Gila Ridge and Prescott.

A look at how the other Bulldogs fared:

• Dalton Delong lost his 126-pound opening match to Yuma Gila Ridge's William Cox by a 16-6 major decision but rebounded by pinning Tempe Marcos de Niza's Ryan Sondrup in 2:35. Delong was eliminated when Ironwood Ridge's Joey Howard pinned him in 2:35.

• Cody Ricker dropped his 195-pound opening round match to Lake Havasu's Seoane Carlos by a 5-2 decision and was pinned by Phoenix Cameback's Richard Barragan in 2:18.

• Richie Williams advanced in his 220-pound opening match with a 1-0 decision over Gila Ridge's Lot Renaud. Williams dropped an 11-4 decision to Phoenix Shadow Mountain's Damian Baca but rebounded to defeat Tucson Cholla's Rafael Pacheco, 7-4. Peoria Liberty's Sam Subia then pinned Williams in 1:46.

• Tim Georges had a nice comeback, winning two matches after being pinned by Phoenix South Mountain's Elijah Williams in his opening 285-pound match. Williams pinned Georges in 4:31 but Georges rebounded with a 7-5 decision over Glendale's Jose Perez and pinned Marcos de Niza's Adam Baca in 1:58. Marana Mountain View's John Reynolds eliminated Georges with a 5-2 decision.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: Go Dawgs

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Way to go Bulldogs! Coach Clor, we're awfully proud of you and your team. Thanks for a great season!

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: Coach Clor

KMS Parent, Although the middle school no longer has wrestling, the Falcons wrestling club is having their sign-ups this week. They will be competing against clubs in Lake Havasu, Mohave, River Valley, and Parker. If you have any questions I can get you in touch with the program coordinators. Please email me at bclor@kusd.org.

Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013
Article comment by: KMS Parent

I'm glad to see these young men fared as well as they did. I wish the middle schools still had a wrestling program. Perhaps if they did, the wrestlers' skills would be stronger once they reach the high school level.
I was truly disappointed that our middle schooler has to wait till high school to be able to wrestle. He's been "coached" at home by his dad (who wrestled both jr & high school here) and was really looking forward to it. As I understand it, the sport was cut a couple years before he entered middle school. I understand budget cuts. As a parent, I would rather pay a fee for my child to compete in sports than have them finding trouble in his spare time.




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