The Coconino Panthers went on a 33-0 run that included five straight pins to top the hosting Flagstaff Eagles on Monday.
Most of Coconino's falls during the surge came in the first period, with Talyn Godwin, wrestling at 152 pounds, and Brandon Barreras, competing at 182 pounds, each needing 52 seconds to call it a day.
Jarrett Walton, Coconino’s 170-pounder, and Phillip Flores, the team's 195-pounder, both needed just a few seconds over a minute to record their pins. In the 160-pound weight class, Marcello Barreras won in 3:16 for Coconino, which beat Flagstaff 54-21 last week during a multi-meet at Flagstaff High.
The Panthers, who along with the Eagles compete in Division III, improved to 11-4 overall with the victory.
Flagstaff's lightweights had their own run of success, winning five consecutive matches from the 120-pound weight class to 145. Spencer Johnson, Jakob Woods, and Easten Skinner notched three consecutive pins, and Zachary Collins followed up a Flagstaff forfeit victory with a 14-13 decision at 145 pounds.
Marc Aruguete and James Sun locked horns at 220 pounds while the Panthers were on a roll, with the former edging the latter, 3-2, for a decision in favor of Coconino. At heavyweights, Flagstaff’s Javon Tochoney need just :55 to take out his opponent.
On Saturday the Flagstaff ROAM Running Club participated in the National Junior Olympics Cross Country Meet in Tallahassee, Florida. Teams were divided into two-year age groups, from 8 and younger through high school divisions.
The Flagstaff team took 24 qualifying athletes to the national meet. Conditions were not ideal and it had rained for the two days leading up to the meet. The course was challenging and muddy. Race time temperatures hovered around the 40-degree mark.
The high school girls team of Woodlyn Smith, Povi Plank, Angel Curley, Hope Saxton, Kyra Ball, Sayti Plank, Megan Holm and Nikki White took third in the nation.
To qualify as All-American, the individual runner had to be in the top 25 of their division. Three of the girls took All-American honors in Smith (13th), Plank (seventh), and Curley (eighth).
The boys team of Alan Hagerman, Nate Milton, Micah Stanton, Jon Ulibarri and Nathanial Sullivan took 12th, the highest finish for a Flagstaff boys high school group at the national meet yet. Just missing All-American honors were Kyra Ball (26th), Alan Hagerman (28th), Nate Milton (29th), and Hope Saxton (29th).
"About half of the team members ran personal records at the meet, despite a cool day and muddy conditions," said ROAM head coach Gary Plank. "They responded very well to the elite competition. All of our runners were in the top third of their respective fields, with each age group having about 400 runners on average. For our younger runners, the ones not in high school, I want them to see the caliber of the best runners in the country; I just want them to have the experience.”
Next year’s meet will be in Reno, Nevada.