Ridge has four individual champs, second in team clash with Sunnyside
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Ironwood Ridge High School wrestling senior Kyle Webb, above, and teammates Luke McClure, Trevor Willson and Scott Filbert won individual state championships this season.

Ironwood Ridge won the battle of wrestling powers this season, but lost the war to perennial Arizona state champion Sunnyside.

The Nighthawks had four individual state champions and a dual-meet win over Sunnyside, but fell in the team championship match to the Blue Devils, 35-24.

"The kids worked hard and it paid off," said Nighthawks coach Tim Berrier. But it was "a little disappointing, not getting the (state) title."

Senior Scott Filbert completed his amazing season by winning the 119-pound state championship. Seniors Kyle Webb and Luke McClure and sophomore Trevor Willson also captured individual crowns. Sunnyside had three winners in the individual state tourney.

In addition to winning his individual state title, Filbert, who will be going to West Point, finished second in a big Reno tournament that drew 90 teams from throughout the U.S. According to Wrestling USA Magazine, Filbert was the 18th-ranked wrestler in the nation.

"Kyle Webb has Division I schools looking at him and Trevor Willson too," Berrier said. "Webb may be going to Utah Valley State. McClure may be planning to walk on at ASU."

Berrier has lifted Ironwood Ridge to great heights in his third season with the program.

"We had a good group of seniors," he said. Berrier is optimistic about next year's squad.

"The younger kids bought into the work ethic. In a freshman tournament, we had four kids that won. We're looking forward to next year."

Ron Porter's Mountain View Mountain Lions also had a very successful season.

The Mountain Lions finished eighth in state, after losing to the top-seeded Nighthawks.

"We did better than anticipated," Porter said. "Everyone wrestled well."

At state, Caleb Crump and Adam Jungbluth each garnered second-place finishes. Kyle Gamez had a third, while Justin Rascon was fourth in his bracket, Bailey Janis fifth, and Tony Balsino placed at sixth.

"Adam and Bailey are both coming back next year," Porter said. "Ricky Alvarez and Devin McPeek are also returning."

"The kids wrestled really well. I think we'll be in the top eight again next year."

Marana's Santos Rivera was the king of the 112-pounders, as the senior won the state title.

Rivera's spectacular season saw him enter the Flowing Wells tournament unbeaten. He finished the year with a record of 38-3.

Coach Rob Lindsay was also proud of Lewis Payne, a 215-pounder. Dalton Williams also had a good year, as the team's 145-pounder. Lindsay referred to him as "my best kid."

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