Wrestlers Honored For Successful Season

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The wrestling awards dessert was held to honor the 2006-07 highly successful Longhorn team.

The varsity wrestling team finished the year with a 24-5 dual meet record, a tournament championship at the Rim Country Duals and third place at the Arizona state championships.

The evening was highlighted with varsity letters awarded to 16 athletes and JV certificates presented to other squad members. Nick Randall, Alex Korth, Ben Sandoval and Nathan O'Donnell are only freshmen, but they will now be wearing the varsity emblem on their Longhorn jackets.

Five sophomores were also varsity letter recipients. They are Taylor Byers, Ryan Cox, Nick Goodman, Oshay Chovanec and Bryan Burke.

Juniors, Isaac Cluff, Mark McCarty and Kevin Bryant, received their letters and will be returning next year to provide senior leadership.

Seniors who wrestled their final varsity match before graduation and given awards are Kyle Leonard, 135, Porter Wilbanks, 145, Zach Rodgers, 171, and Oscar Chavez at Hwt.

Junior varsity certificate honorees are A.J. Rose, 103, Ryan Abraham, 112, Forest Hargett, 130, Chandler Sylvester, 135, and Jesus Hipolito at 160. These young grapplers will bolster next year's team and be ready to step into the varsity lineup for the departing seniors.

Individual awards were presented by Coach Dave LaMotte to five Longhorn wrestlers who had outstanding seasons.

Ben Sandoval received a wall plaque for the Most Takedowns with a total of 144 for his freshman year.

Bryan Burke earned the Most Falls Award by pinning his opponents in 32 matches. Mark McCarty was named "Ironman" for his intensity and overall work ethic throughout the year. Zach Rodgers is this year's Most Improved Wrestler and, as a senior, it is great way to end a high school career. Fellow senior Porter Wilbanks is this season's Most Valuable Wrestler, determined by contributing the most team points for the 2006-07 wrestling squad.

The Longhorn coaching staff would like to thank the fans and parents for their great support all season long.

Coach LaMotte has the wrestling room open on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:45 p.m. for any young wrestler who wants to improve wrestling skills for the seasons to come. These practices are open to fifth-graders and older.

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