Seeking an individual state champion for the sixth time in the past seven years, Coconino added to its wrestling legacy Saturday at the Prescott Valley Events Center.

Uriah DoBell, the top seed in the 182-pound weight class, came through for the Panthers and pinned the No. 2 seeded Jacob Advincula of Greenway in just 57 seconds to finish his senior season with a 49-1 record and a state championship.

"It is exactly what he has earned," said Coconino assistant coach Mike Schmieder of DoBell's finish. "He worked so hard this year, to come away with a title is exactly what he earned."

Earlier in the day, DoBell beat No. 4 seed Briggs Conway of Williams Field 3-2 to reach the state finals. It was the fourth straight year Coconino saw one of its wrestlers atop the gold medal stand, and six of seven, coming up empty-handed only in 2012.

Schmieder added that DoBell's dominating finish in the title match came after he seemed to let up a little during the semifinals, allowing that match to be closer than it should have been. 

Dobell wasn't alone on the medal stand for the Panthers, as Isaac Cabrera rattled off four straight wins on Saturday to capture third place in the D-III 113-pound weight class.

Seeded No. 7 in the tournament, Cabrera knocked off three of the top six seeds to take third. After pinning Sierra Linda's Javier Avila in 4:15, Cabrera began a run of three straight decision victories.

The senior beat Coolidge's Felix Duarte, the No. 6 seed, 9-1 and then reached the consolation final with a 2-0 win over No. 5 seed Lazaro Lombillo of Safford. Cabrera capped off his day with a 6-3 victory over No. 3 seed Carlos Alcantar of Yuma.

"If anybody could run the table on Saturday, it was him," Schmieder said, adding that Cabrera's loss in the second round came to the eventual state champion. "It is really a tribute to his training. He is a really special guy."

Earlier on Saturday, Coconino's Brandon Berreras and Ethan Freeman dropped their first matches of the day. After going 1-1 during the first day of the D-III tournament, both Panthers fell in the second round of the consolation bracket.

Berreras fell to Adrian Gomez of Yuma, the No. 3 seed in the 120-pound division, by a 6-2 decision. Only a sophomore, Berreras entered the tournament as the No. 12 seed. 

Freeman, a senior, entered as the No. 15 seed, and fell to No. 8 Conner Mahlmeister of Kingman in 3:48 in the second round of the consolation bracket.

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As a team, Coconino finished 10th out of 56 schools while having just five wrestlers in the tournament.

Entering Saturday with just one wrestler remaining, Flagstaff had Dalton Davis earn a fifth-place finish in the 138-pound division. Davis beat Apache Junction's Taylor Vargas 8-6 and then pinned Tyler Kelly of Combs in 2:46 to reach the consolation semifinals.

After falling to the No. 4 seed Max Alcala of San Luis 3-1, Davis bounced back to take fifth with a 7-2 win against Chinle's Zackary Ute.


Dakota Richardson gave Page its first silver medal in five years with his second-place finish in the heavyweight class.

Richardson (36-5) was leading top-seeded Cris Sanchez of Amphitheater (Tucson) 4-3 in the first period of their championship match when he made a mistake and got stuck, head coach Kyran Keisling said. Sanchez pinned him in a minute, 44 seconds for the title.

“A month ago he wouldn’t have made the finals,” Keisling said later. “He has improved immensely in a short time. His loss exposed a few weaknesses that we will correct in the offseason. Dakota is going to be an absolute beast next season if he commits to it this summer.”

The second-seeded junior had moved into the title match with his third first-period pin in as many matches in Prescott Valley. He stuck Mailik Clark of Mohave (Bullhead City) in 40 seconds earlier Saturday. He had won by fall in 30 and 32 seconds on Friday.

Richardson was the first Sand Devil to wrestle for a state title since Sheldon Yellowman was runner-up in 2011 at 145. Page’s last champion was Sean Gracia in 2009.

Earlier Saturday, sophomore Kamron Whitewater delivered Page’s first medal in two years by taking fifth at 106 pounds. Whitewater (40-9) went 3-2 in the tourney and narrowly won the fifth-place match, 8-7 over Israel Aguilar of Greenway.

Gracia’s younger brothers, Dante and Hayden, were eliminated in the consolation bracket, junior Dante at 113 pounds by Dylon Williams of Empire, 6-2, and freshman Hayden by Alejandro Sandoval of Flowing Wells (Tucson), 6-3. Dante (40-7) was seeking his second state medal, having finished sixth as a freshman.

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Sun correspondent Todd Glasenapp continued to this roundup.


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Cody Bashore is the Associate Editor of the Arizona Daily Sun. In addition, he occasionally covers high school sports, city government, courts and businesses while also filling in as a photographer.

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