Corona del Sol wins state wrestling championship, TUHSD students earn seven individual titles
Seven Tempe Union High School District students were crowned individual state champions and Corona Del Sol earned the Division I team title in the AIA High School Wrestling Championships, held at the Prescott Valley Event Center Feb. 9-11, 2017.
Three TUHSD schools produced individual state champions, led by Corona del Sol with four - Cameron Upshur (120), Jacob Garcia (138), Vinny Dolce (152) and Brandon Konecny (160). Also in Division I, Desert Vista's Chad Porter (195), won his second straight state title. And twins Gator Groves (145) and Marco Groves (160) from McClintock, each pulled off a double three-peat. It's the third consecutive year the junior brothers have made history in Arizona wrestling.
A total of 23 wrestlers from five Tempe Union schools finished in the top six in their respective weight classes. While as a team Corona del Sol topped Division, Desert Vista finished fourth and Mountain Pointe 22nd. In Division II, McClintock finished in seventh place, and in Division III, Marcos de Niza finished in 10th place.
TUHSD State Tournament Results
D1-106 Results3rd Place - Zack Kvavle of Corona del Sol
6th Place - Ernest Del Rio IV of Desert Vista
5th Place - Tariq Hornbuckle of Desert Vista
1st Place - Cameron Upshur of Corona del Sol
5th Place - Jordan Martinez of Desert Vista
4th Place - Cole Bernstein of Corona del Sol
3rd Place - Bryce Nickel of Corona del Sol
1st Place - Jacob Garcia of Corona del Sol
D1 - 145 Results
3rd Place - Hunter Carmona of Corona del Sol
1st Place - Vinny Dolce of Corona del Sol
1st Place - Brandon Konecny of Corona del Sol
5th Place - Jacob Rasmussen of Mountain Pointe
4th Place - Nicholas Ruffalo of Corona del Sol
4th Place - Brendan Gill of Desert Vista
5th Place - Diego Fill of Corona del Sol
1st Place - Chad Porter of Desert Vista
6th Place - Jacob Featherman of Corona del Sol
4th Place - Brett Johnson of Desert Vista
1st Place - Gator Groves of McClintock
1st Place - Marco Groves of McClintock
2nd Place - Andrew Torres of Marcos De Niza
5th Place – Aljandro Torres of Marcos De Niza
6th Place - Hamza Manassra of Marcos De Niza
Corona del Sol is led by Head Coach Jim Martinez, an Olympic Bronze Medalist and member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Desert Vista is coached by David Gonzalez, a member of the Arizona Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Mountain Pointe is coached by Greg Dayoob. McClintock is coached by Robert Groves, father of the history-making Gator and Marco, and Marcos de Niza is coached by Jeremy Muir.