Longhorns Wrestle Into A Sixth Place Finish

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The efforts of six Payson High School state placers earned the Longhorns a sixth place finish in the 26-team field of the 3A Arizona State Wrestling Tournament. The post season showdown was held Feb. 8 and 9 at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale.

The Horns tallied 119.50 points. Four-time defending state champion Safford, posted 225.50 points.

Blue Ridge (170.50) was second and Winslow (156.5) third.

Long time East region rival Show Low edged the Horns for fourth place by 3.5 points.

For Payson, Mark McCarty won the 152-pound state championship. Other placers were Ben Sandoval, Bryan Burke, Ben Lee, Isaac Cluff and Nick Goodman.

The team will gather one final time at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Payson High School cafeteria for the annual awards ceremony. The public is invited.

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