San Manuel Miner
Wrestlers from Hayden, Oracle, Mammoth, and San Manuel competed at the USA Wrestling Freestyle State Championships last weekend at Highland High School in Gilbert, Arizona.
Six MSM Community Schools wrestlers placed at last weekend’s tournament. The wrestlers continued to practice and prepare for the event after their regular season ended. Their hard work is what makes the wrestling programs in the area so strong.
“Competing against the top wrestling clubs in the state, our wrestlers were able to win big matches and dominate,” San Manuel wrestling head coach Daniel Najera said. “The MSM Community Schools Wrestling season is the best youth wrestling feeder program in the state. Our goal is to continue growing our programs and increase participation to these USA Wrestling Tournaments. Our boys have done a great job.”
Najera added that many of the wrestlers are competing at a high level and credited USA wrestling for helping “our kids” advance to the next level.
Results from the State Championships are as follows: Samico Salazar (60 lbs) – State Champion, Jacob Tafoya (75 lbs) – Runner-up State Champion, Daniel Najera (50 lbs) – Runner-up State Champion, Darren Smith (40 lbs) – 3rd Place, Charles Croci (65 lbs) – 4th Place, Andrew Gutierrez (50lbs) – 4th Place.
Najera wished to thank everyone who volunteered and helped make this wrestling season a success.