Payson opened the wrestling season by beating both Winslow and Show Low at Wilson Dome on Wednesday.
The Longhorns topped the Bulldogs 40-33 and downed Show Low 42-30.
“We definitely came out and did really well for our first (matches),” said head coach Zach Lee. “There’s some stuff we need to improve on. But kids that listened won their matches. The ones that didn’t didn’t have quite the same results.”
Five Longhorns — Brendan Macnab (113 pounds), Dylan Keeney (120), Trevor Anderson (126), Dallin Macnab (132) and Tate Sweeney (145) — went 2-0.
Although he wasn’t among that group, Steve Perry played a key role in the win over Winslow. The senior in his first year of wrestling took to the mat for the final bout of the contest with his team clinging to a 34-33 lead. He pinned Jade Chischillie in 1:44 to secure the victory.
“Steve Perry had to win his match so we could win the dual,” Lee said. “That was a big win for us. It’s not a surprise. He worked tough and did what we coached him to do.”
PHS won four straight weights to go ahead 18-6 after Blane Foster’s pin at 106 got the Bulldogs off to a good start. And the Longhorns made it seven wins in eight bouts after Isaiah Skinner won by forfeit at 160 to give the home team a commanding 34-9 lead with five weights remaining.
Payson won eight weights, Winslow six. Payson had three pins — Anderson (126), Nathan Cluff (152) and Perry, a forfeit — Isaiah Skinner (160), a technical fall — D. Macnab (132), two major decisions — Keeney (120) and Sweeney (145), and a decision — B. Macnab (113). The Bulldogs had three pins and two forfeits and one decision
The coach really enjoyed his team’s victory over the Cougars.
“I knew it would be competitive and for us to come out on top against a good Winslow team that is always pretty tough (is great),” Lee said. “But I like beating Show Low better than just about anybody.”
The Longhorns won the first seven weights to build a commanding 39-0 lead through 145 pounds. The final five of those were by pin.
But Show Low rallied with five consecutive victories — four earning six points — to pull within 39-27 with two bouts remaining. However, Pedro Chavez sealed the win for Payson with an 11-4 decision over Daltin Drummond at 220 to end it.
“He just wrestled hard and came out on top,” Lee said. “It was good old-fashioned Longhorn wrestling.
“We have some stuff to work on. But everybody out there worked hard and went for it. It’s very admirable on their part.”
Payson won eight weights, Show Low six. The Longhorns had five pins — Keeney (120), Anderson (126), D. Macnab (132), Elmer (138) and Sweeney (145); one forfeit — Byron McCrary (106); and two decisions — B. Macnab (113) and Chavez. The Cougars had two pins, two forfeit wins and two decisions.
BY THE NUMBERS
Payson 40, Winslow 33
106 — Blane Foster (W) d. Byron McCrary 1:25; 113 — Brendan Macnab (P) d. Quincy Foster 7-2; 120 — Dylan Keeney (P) d. Brayden Garcia 19-6; 126 — Trevor Anderson (P) d. Armondo Mora 1:25; 132 — Dallin Macnab (P) d. David Archibegue 15-0; 138 — Daniel Lopez (W) d. Chase Elmer 5-1; 145 — Tate Sweeney (P) d. Chad Edgmon 14-3; 152 — Nathan Cluff (P) d. Preston Greenwood :51; 160 — Isaiah Skinner (P) forfeit; 170 — Jace Hardy (W) forfeit; 182 — Quentin Begody (W) forfeit; 195 — Jacob Huddleston (W) d. Tito Vega 1:21; 220 — Trey Hardy (W) d. Pedro Chavez 3:18; 285 — Steve Perry (P) d. Jade Chischillie 1:44.
Winslow 38, Show Low 33
Payson 42, Show Low 30
106 — McCrary (P) forfeit; 113 — B. Macnab (P) d. Skyler Koury 9-2; 120 — Keeney (P) d. Mason Fagotti 2:52; 126 — Anderson (P) d. Cody Irwin 4:42; 132 — D. Macnab (P) d. Dominic Serna 1:30; 138 — Elmer (P) d. Kodie Bateman 3:08; 145 — Sweeney (P) d. Brenden Wahl 3:00; 152 — Rusty Allen (SL) d. Cluff :45; 160 — Jamie Webb (SL) d. Skinner 11-6; 170 — Jacob Mills (SL) forfeit; 182 — Josh Godoy (SL) forfeit; 195 — Angel Moreno (SL) d. Vega 1:25; 220 — Chavez (P) d. Daltin Drummond 11-4; 285 — Austin Mills (SL) d. Perry 6-3.