Ramon Marrieta of Safford Middle School came out with a tough victory over Michael Reyen of Eloy Jr. High on Saturday night at the Junior High State Wrestling Championships at Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe.
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Marrieta was considered an underdog of the 200-pound championship final because of a 11-4 record, while opponent Reyen had an impressive 31-2 record.
The score kept switching back and forth in the first two periods. Reyen had Marrieta in a strong hold in the beginning of the third but was unable to fully subdue him.
“This match was a very hard one, especially in the very end when I had to turn him over,” said Marrieta after the emotional win.
Heavyweight Marco Silvas, also of Elroy Jr. High, defeated first-year wrestler Calvin Jennings from the East Valley Wrestling Club 9-3.
Silvas was leading 7-0 until the middle of the second period when Jennings was able to escape a hold and get his only three points of the match.
“I never faced this opponent before, so I had to just battle through and keep on going,” said Silvas.
Regional champion Jeremiah Crespo of Camp Verde faced Hayden Pate of Desert Devils in the 154 championship final, winning 6-2. Crespo took the lead in the first period but had some trouble in the second, as Pate leveled the score for a short while. But Crespo broke the tie and had a convincing third period.
“It was tough, but the opponent was a great guy. And I have to say that I wrestle for fun more than anything else, even winning,” he said.
Championship scores for the upper weightclasses:
Galoriel Valdez (Sonoran Trials) 5, Jonathen Ariso (Chain Gang) 1
Danny Romero (Eloy Jr. High) 8, Ricardo Morales (Chain Gang) 0
Jeremiah Crespo (Camp Verde) 6, Hayden Pate (Desert Devils) 2
Dylan Pennsinger (Desert Devils) 4, Mitchel White (Altadena) 3
Dustin Nelson (Aprende Middle School) 7, Zach White (Desert Ridge Jr. High) 4
Ramon Marrieta (Safford Middle School) 9, Michael Reyen (Eloy Jr. High) 7
Marcos Silvas (Elroy Jr. High) 9, Calvin Jennings (East Valley Wrestling Club) 3