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Three Page wrestlers remained on the path to an individual title at the Division III state tournament on Friday at the Prescott Valley Event Center.

Coconino's Pedro Billups, a sophomore, also remained undefeated to start his run for gold.

D-III Flagstaff's Easten Skinner, competing at 132 pounds, fell in the opening round, but kept his chances of getting a medal alive with a pin in the first round of the consultation bracket.

For the Page Sand Devils, who had eight of their total wrestlers at the tourney win in the opening round, Kamron Whitewater, Christian Penrod and Hayden Gracia will go into Saturday looking to bring the program its first title in a weight class since 2009.

The No. 1 seed in the 106-pound weight class, Whitewater beat both of his opponents by fall, needing just 32 seconds to take out his first-round opponent. Penrod, Page's 138-pounder, also never went into the second period, pinning his first two opponents to lead Page in scoring alongside Whitewater at 11 points.

Overall, Page enters the second and final day of the tourney sitting in sixth place with 52 points. Yuma is at the top with 71 points, and Coconino made its way to 21st place after Friday.

Page's Gracia won both his matches Friday, pinning his opening-round opponent before getting a victory by major decision, 19-8, over a Greenway wrestler at 145 pounds.

If Whitewater and Billups can get past their semifinal rounds Saturday, they would meet up to decide who wins the title. Billups will face the No. 2-seeded Chris Lopez of Walden Grove, and Whitewater, a senior, is back on the mats against Snowflake'ss Coy Owens, the No. 13 seed.

Competing at the D-IV state tournament, Northland Prep Spartans 138-pounder Huston Jackson and 160-pounder Zack Bivens both went 1-1 Friday. Bivens tallied a pin to start his day, and Jackson, after falling in the first match, moved on thanks to a forfeit.

The Spartans sit at 31st place as a team.

Coconino's Cayden Fordyce, the third seed of the heavyweight division coming off a title-winning performance at the Section Four tournament, saw his chances at getting to the top of the podium slip away when he was pinned by a Dysart wrestler that entered as the No. 14 seed, but had wrestled many more matches than Fordyce.

Coconino's Phillip Flores dropped both his matches at 170 pounds, while Brandon Barreras started his day with a 12-1 major decision win before getting pinned in the quarterfinal round of the championship bracket.

Levi Telshaw, Page's heavyweight, was the only Sand Devils wrestler to drop both of his matches, as Zachary Ruiz, Kaleb June, Joseph Stansfield, Dorian Daw, Kimball Begay, Myran Bryant and Taylor Nez all went 1-1 to keep hopes of getting a medal alive.


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