BULLHEAD CITY — The Dust Devils sent one wrestler to the Division IV Arizona Interscholastic Association State Wrestling Championship at the Prescott Valley Events Center, and he returned to Mohave Valley after two matches.
Dust Devils junior 152-pound grappler Seth Solano went into the state tournament with a 27-24 record before being pinned at 1:30 by Northland Prep senior Zack Bivens, who came into the tourney as a No. 2 seed with a 26-14 record in the first round Friday morning.
“The kid was a grappler style — just a bad matchup for Seth,” said Dust Devils head coach Phil Regan by text message. “He was very unorthodox.
“He choked and underhooked and dropped in the legs with a lead and stalled a lot — stuff Seth had not seen before and it gave him trouble.”
The first-year River Valley head wrestling coach said Solano saw very physical styles of wrestling from other sections at state.
“We need to get more physical next season,” he added.
Solano lost 10-4 to Miami junior Dom Castillo-Willia in the first round of the losers’ bracket early Friday afternoon.
The Dust Devils recorded no team points and they placed tied for 40th place with five other Division IV high schools — 45 Division IV sqauds competed in Prescott Valley.
TOP FIVE DIVISION IV SCHOOLS: St. Johns came in first place with 171.5 points, followed by Morenci with 146.5, Camp Verde at 138.5, Arizona Lutheran at 80.5 and Casteel at 80.0.
OTHER COLORADO RIVER SCHOOLS: Parker came in 26th place with 20 points in Division IV.