The Yuma area is guaranteed to have a Division I boys wrestling state champion this year.
Cibola’s Zeke Guerrero and Kofa’s Anthony Morales were two of five local wrestlers who will wrestle for state titles tonight after going 3-0 on day one of the Arizona Interscholastic Association Boys Division I state tournament Thursday in Prescott Valley.
Guerrero and Morales are both in the 145-pound weight class, meaning they’ll meet tonight for state glory. Guerrero and Morales split their two regular-season matches.
Cibola’s Juan Sierra (126), Sebastian Valencia (160) and Liam Hoffmeyer (195) also will wrestle for state championships tonight.
Cibola’s Marcos Meza (285) and Kofa’s Nicholas Moreno (285) guaranteed themselves of placing by reaching the semifinals, but both lost in the semis.
In all, Cibola has five guaranteed placers (four finalists) and five others still alive in the consolation bracket, while Kofa has two guaranteed placers (one finalist) and two others still alive.
Three Raiders and three Kings were eliminated Thursday.
Still alive for Cibola are: Demarko Gomez (113), Victor Chavez (132), Ben Torres (138), Jeordon Mellor (152) and Hector Astorga (182).
Still alive for Kofa are Damian Moreno (106) and Raul Aispuro (126).
Cibola is in second place as a team with 132 points, just behind defending champ Liberty (148). Kofa is in 13th with 44.5 points.
The state tournaments for girls and Division III/IV boys begin today.
PREP BOYS SOCCER
(17) Trevor G. Browne 6, (16) Kofa 3
The Kings gave up three goals in the first half and were never able to recover, eventually falling behind 5-0 in this 6A state play-in game.
Nicklaus Sullivan, Hector Quiroz and Santiago Aguirre scored consecutively for Kofa to cut the deficit to 5-3, but the Kings could get no closer.
Kofa ends it season at 4-6-2 AIA.
(20) Cortez 1, (13) Gila Ridge 0 (OT)
The Hawks suffered a home loss in 4A’s state play-in round for the second year in a row. They finish with a 7-6 AIA record.
PREP GIRLS SOCCER
(11) Xavier Prep 4, (22) Cibola 0
The Raiders (5-6-2 AIA) trailed just 1-0 at halftime before surrendering three second-half goals in this 6A state play-in game.
(16) Gila Ridge 4, (17) Lee Williams 1
The Hawks won a 4A state play-in game for the third year in a row. They will be the No. 14 seed in the next round and will play Saturday at the No. 3 seed.