Vols take fifth at Pikes Invitational, Lee Williams’ Nic Verville tourney MVP

Nic Verville stands tall on top of the podium at the Wade Hendershott Peaks Invitational after winning the 132-pound tournament championship.

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Nic Verville stands tall on top of the podium at the Wade Hendershott Peaks Invitational after winning the 132-pound tournament championship.

KINGMAN – Nic Verville’s unbeaten trek through the 132-pound class led Lee Williams at the Wade Hendershott Peaks Invitational to a fifth-place showing in the 14-team event after going 5-2 in Flagstaff Friday and Saturday.

Verville, who was named MVP of the tournament for the light weights, only surrendered two points the entire tournament by giving up two escapes. He never suffered a takedown.

Edmond Ashton (220) and Jimmy Wayman (126) each placed second for the Volunteers, Dylan Shaffer (170) came in third, Daniel Mazon (152) finished fourth, and Zac Sanchez (138) was fifth.

“We started off slow but really picked up things by the end of Day 1,” said LWHS wrestling coach Dan Ondrejka. “I have to give the captains a lot of credit for picking up their team when they were down. If they keep pushing themselves like they have been, then we will be in a really good place to do well the rest of the season.”

The Vols earned victories over Monument Valley, Flagstaff and the Colorado schools – Durango, Dolores and Bayfield. They fell to Page and tournament champion Yuma.

Lee Williams next wrestles at the Big Red Invite hosted by Agua Fria in Avondale.