Cibola wins Shark Tank; Yuma High second at Ironwood
Cibola wins Shark Tank
Vicente Guerrero was named Most Outstanding Wrestler (Upper Weights) and Cibola took first Saturday at the Shark Tank Invitational in Corona, Calif.
Guerrero (170) and Andres Gandara (126) each took first individually for the Raiders. Miguel Lugo was second at 152, while Carlos Gerardo (106), Isaac Camarillo (132), Luis Nunez (138), Mark Cruz (138) and Pierre Gaud (160) took third.
“Obviously to take first we wrestled well,” coach Mike Jankowski said. “We had a couple guys who were expecting to win it all kind of lose early. But everyone battled back. That's what's great about this team. They don't quit. They always fight.”
Nunez lost his first match but won nine straight after to take third. Jankowski said Gaud and Camarillo — both of whom have state championship aspirations — did a good job of staying focused after losses.
Yuma High takes second
The Yuma High wrestling team took second Saturday at the team portion of the Ironwood tournament.
The Criminals rolled past Poston Butte (56-21) and Wickenburg (46-28) in pool play, then topped Deer Valley 35-33 in the semifinals.
In the finals, the Crims fell to Ironwood 58-15.
Yuma High beat Deer Valley on a final-match pin by its heavyweight.
“I think it kind of was a letdown,” coach Jeff Welsing said. “But Irownwood is a solid team. And to take second in an 18-team tournament is not too bad, and to be 14-5 in duals for the season is pretty good.”
Leo Salcedo and Carlos Vargas went 4-0 Saturday. On Friday, Kody Doerr and Kade Kottenbrook won the individual tournament, including decisive wins over their foes from Ironwood. On Saturday, both lost the rematches.