KINGMAN - Though Lee Williams failed to get a team win in two matches wrestled Wednesday, the Volunteers did have Zach Sanchez (120 pounds), Nick Verville (132) and Tiberius Williams (182) go unbeaten. Lee Williams (1-5) fell to Thunderbird (66-15) and Laughlin (45-30) at LWHS.
Sanchez has started the season 6-0. He defeated Laughlin's Giovanni DelQuadro in a 9-4 decision and Thunderbird's Dominic Russo, 5-2. The win over Russo was an exhausting match.
"I kept trying to turn him, but he was real hard to turn," Sanchez said. "That's why I got tired. He was decent and it wasn't too bad of a match."
Sanchez has the best record on Lee Williams and is second on the team with 27 team points. The sophomore gained a ton of experience from his freshman season and understands how to get his job done.
"Sometimes I feel I underestimated myself, but this year I can see I've gotten better," he said. "The biggest thing is being better on my feet to get those shots where I can get on top."
Verville comes in this year as a seasoned veteran after making it to the state tournament last year as a freshman. After he pinned Thunderbird's William Sherman in 3 minutes, 58 seconds - just two seconds before the second period expired - Verville was clearly thrilled with the win.
"I had to avenge my loss to them last year," the 132-pounder said. "I lost in front of my family then and it wasn't happening again."
Verville also pinned Laughlin's Jarrod Perry (2:54) Wednesday. Though Verville is off to a good start (5-1) and leads the team with 30 points, he's a bit resentful of his loss to a Greenway High opponent on Dec. 3.
"Thanksgiving kind of killed me," he said. "I've had to lose weight and Greenway got me because I didn't have the energy. But, things have been going well in the wrestling room."
Lee Williams jumped out to a 27-0 lead over Laughlin behind wins from Sanchez, Jay Gastineau (126), Randy Muhr (132), Verville (138), and Daniel Mazon (145). Laughlin fought back and the only Volunteer win in the last nine matches came from Williams when he beat Alfonso Compoi, 11-5.
Lee Williams is at the Red Mountain Duals Tournament in Mesa today and Saturday and returns home to face Moon Valley and Estrella Foothills at 4 p.m. Monday.