Hayden High School wrestling is back

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Lobo Wrestlers.png

Hayden wrestlers competed at the Salt River Wrestling Championships on Jan. 9 and 10. Pictured from left are: (back) Manuel Palofox,  Brandon Cruz, Ryan Donovan, Roman Romero, Antonio Treviso; (front) Jacob Manriquez, Austin Cruz, Manny Armenta, Ernesto Magallenez, Francisco Moreno and Juan Hernandez.
Submitted

The Hayden High School wrestling team is back and better than ever. The Lobos ended the season winning six out their last seven team dual meet matches in preparation for the state sectional tournament this weekend.

The Lobos achieved more than Hayden High School head wrestling coach Jeff Gregorich expected this year. One of the biggest wins of the year for the Lobos was beating state wrestling power house San Manuel High School 42-30 on Jan. 7. “The Lobo wrestling program had a 20 year losing streak to the Miners,” said Gregorich.

“Other notable victories include team dual meet wins over San A Cruz Union High School, 33-30, and Globe High School, 42-30, as well,” Gregorich Added.

The Hayden wrestling team ended their season with 11 dual meet team wins, 10 loses, and one tie. He said that the most notable achievement of the season was the fourth place finish in the 16 team Salt River Wrestling Championships. Nine out of 11 Lobo wrestlers walked away with individual medals. Gregorich said that it was a big improvement considering the Lobos placed 16th last year or in last place.

Individual wrestlers placing in the tournament were: Brandon Cruz, placed second at 106 pounds; Austin White, placed fourth at 120 pounds; Ryan Donovan, placed second at 126 pounds; Manuel Palofox, fourth place at 126 pounds; Jacob Marquez, placed fifth at 132 pounds; Roman Romero, placed third at 145 pounds; Manny Armenta, placed second at 170 pounds; Francisco Moreno, placed fourth at 195 pounds; and Juan Hernandez, placed fifth at 220 pounds.

Gregorich said, “I believe the key element to the success of the Hayden wrestling team this year is the number of wrestlers that came out. Hayden wrestlers started the season with 13 wrestlers and finished with eleven. Prior to this year, the Lobo wrestling teams averaged only five wrestlers a year. That made winning team dual meet matches and tournaments impossible. Not only did we have more wrestlers, but the toughness of our wrestlers made other teams’ wrestlers and coaches take notice. On more than one occasion, I had officials and coaches tell me how much the Lobos had improved this year and that they were all glad to see the Lobo wrestling program back in action.”

“I feel that we made significant improvement this year, but I know we need too and will continue to improve over the coming years. Most of the wrestlers are first or second years wrestlers which make it difficult to compete with some of the more experienced and established wrestling teams, but surprisingly my wrestlers outperformed my expectations this season,” stated Gregorich.

“I look forward to the next few years as some very talented junior high wrestlers come up to the high school with prior wrestling experience. I believe if we continue to improve and work hard we will be taking the next step with our program, which is to bring home a state wrestling championship,” Gregorich said.

The Lobo wrestlers are preparing for the State Sectional Wrestling Tournament this weekend in Benson. Individual Lobos ended their regular season with good overall records and high hopes for the state wrestling tournament. Individual regular season records are; Brandon Cruz (19-13 overall), Austin White(12-18 overall), Ryan Donovan (17-12 overall), Manuel Polofox (12-10 overall), Jacob Marquez (9-3 overall), Roman Romero (21-8 overall), Ernesto Magallenez (5-12 overall), Manny Armenta (17-12 overall), Francisco Moreno (21-13 overall), Juan Hernandez (23-10 overall), and Antonio Treviso (23-9 overall).

The Lobo wrestling motto this year is “No Excuses.” Good luck Lobo wrestlers at State!

admin (7700 Posts)


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Additional Stories

    San Manuel football opens 2017 season on Friday

    August 18th, 2017
    by

      The San Manuel football team will open its season this Friday night in San Tan Valley against San Tan […]


    Local archer finishes as back-to-back state champion

    August 3rd, 2017
    by

      Raymond Anthony Denogean Jr., son of Raymond Denogean of Superior and Julie Judd of Kearny, just finished a successful […]


    Copper Area athletes earn All-Academic Honors

    August 3rd, 2017
    by

      A number of local athletes have already received numerous postseason honors for their performance on the field, court and […]


    Sea Lions edge out Parkside Piranhas for 2017 Season Championship; Nevaeh Derrick named ‘Beast of the Week’

    July 27th, 2017
    by

      The Central Arizona League Championship Swim Meet was held at the Florence Aquatic Center on Saturday, July 22rd.  The […]


  • Additional Stories

    Copper Area grads play in Senior Bowl

    July 20th, 2017
    by

      Football players, and members of the Class of 2017, from Superior, Ray and Hayden high schools accepted invites to […]


    Sea Lions win against Florence; Arianna Ervin named ‘Beast of the Week’

    July 13th, 2017
    by

      On Saturday, July 8, the Sea Lions Swim Team hosted the Florence Sharks in the Mammoth Pool.  The Sea […]


    Sea Lions win in Coolidge; Annie Nemons named ‘Beast of the Week’

    June 29th, 2017
    by

      The Sea Lions Swim Team competed against the Coolidge Dolphins at the Coolidge Pool on Saturday June 24.  The […]


    Hayden-Winkelman Little League finishes second in regional tourney

    June 29th, 2017
    by

      The goal of reaching the State Little League Tournament came to an end for the Hayden All Stars Minors […]


  • Copperarea

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Southeast Valley Ledger