Mountain View High School’s wrestling home page reads, “Work real hard to be real tough, but 100% is not good enough.”
Bailey Janis is one Mountain View wrestler who takes that message with him to every match he enters.
With a 39-1 record, Janis was recommended by Mountain View wrestling coach Paul Ponce.
“He committed himself to off-season training, and it has paid off. He has dominated his opponents all year,” said Ponce.
So far in the season, Janis placed first in the Camp Verde Invitational, first in the Mountain View Dual Tournament, third at the Flowing Wells Invitational, and first at the Salpointe Invitational.
Janis is ranked second in the state by AZWrestler.com, and has his sights set on winning the state championship in the 113-pound weight class.
“I am always trying to take down state,” said Janis. “As a team, we are trying to be at least top five at state. I will continue working hard in practice to help me get there.”
Janis’ leadership throughout the season has helped the Mountain View name continue to be recognized as one of Tucson’s top wrestling schools.
To date, Mountain View holds a record of 20-7 in dual tournaments. The team recently won the Mountain View dual tournament on their home turf, when they beat out 15 other teams to take down the title.
The Mountain Lions also took second place in the Salpointe Invitational, and is currently preparing for the state tournament, which begins on Feb. 10.
Janis said the team will be ready to silence critics who label them as an underdog.
“People aren’t expecting much of us,” he said. “We’re going to work hard and make a showing at state.”
Bailey said the team is preparing by doing situational drills and extra runs, and they continue to support one another in this pivotal point in their season.
“The support we had from the sidelines in the Mountain View dual tournament was a big reason we got that win,” he said. “We are continuing to keep the whole team going. If someone falls behind in drills, we are there to help him along. Before each match, we talk about our goals before we step out there. Everyone is there for one another.”
Going into state, Janis said remembering and practicing the basics is a key to a solid performance.
“You can’t forget about the basics. People try to get too fancy sometimes and lose track of the simple things, which are some of the most important things. We’re focusing on that before we focus on anything else.”
Whoever faces Janis in the state tournament will certainly have their hands full, and may just have to attempt something fancy in order to pull off a win against the nearly undefeated wrestler.
When Janis graduates, he plans on attending college at a school to be determined. Janis plans on being a firefighter after graduation, and said he will continue to wrestle during college if the opportunity is there.