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Ahead of the Game: Wrestling to the top

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Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2005 11:00 pm

June 29, 2005 - Several area wrestlers took part in the Kids-Cadets Western Regional wrestling championship June 20 through 25 in Winnemucca, Nev. More than 1,900 wrestlers from 11 western states competed in the freestyle and Greco Roman-style regional meet for the kids and cadet level. Among those wrestling were Matt Peters, 98-pound weight class, Steve Extract, 135, and Mike Short, 189, from Ironwood Ridge High School.

Short finished the highest among the Nighthawks in competition with a third place-freestyle finish and fourth in Greco Roman, while teammate Peters took home a fifth-place finish in freestyle and a sixth in Greco Roman. Extract returned to Tucson with a fifth-place showing in Greco Roman.

All three boys are sophomores at the Oro Valley school and wrestled out of the cadet class, ages 14 and 15.

Next up for the trio is a trip to the Fargo Nationals held in the Fargodome on the campus of North Dakota State University July 23 through 30.

To reach the Western Regionals in Winnemucca, the trio had to qualify at one of the sanctioned USA wrestling meets held every weekend throughout Arizona.

To prepare for the national meet, all three boys have begun extensive training with high school wrestling guru Bobby DeBerry of Sunnyside High School.

Only two wrestlers from Tucson finished first in their respective weight classes: Jerry Ochoa, 145, from Sunnyside and Aaron Briggs, 125, from Flowing Wells.

Saddle Up

Play has begun on the SaddleBrooke Senior Softball Association's summer season. Six teams have been broken down into two leagues involving more than 90 players. All games are held Mondays and Tuesdays at the recently developed SaddleBrooke softball facility, replete with new bleachers. The league, which began on May 30, will continue through the summer and conclude at the end of August.

Thornydale undefeated

The Thornydale Heat of the Thornydale Little League's Majors Softball Division has mastered perfection. The team, which consists of girls ages 11 and 12, finished the season with an unblemished 22-0 record after beating The Thornydale Thunder 18-6 in the finals June 17. In that game, the Heat broke the game wide open with a 16-run second inning. The Thunder added its six runs with a late game flourish to no avail. Despite the team's lively bats, the difference in the undefeated season came from the squad's pitching, led by Mallory Schrantz and Sarah Gaalswijk.

The Heat earned its championship by squaring off against teams from Thornydale Little League as well as from Canyon Del Oro, Continental, Coronado and Marana little leagues throughout the season. Only CDO and Coronado leagues competed in the playoffs.

Next up for several Heat players is the Majors' All-Star league. Joining Gaalswijk on the all-stars are teammates Cassandra and Christina Rincon, Lindsay Kincade and Angela Cilano.

The All-Star season will begin with its first game on July 1.

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