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Jake Spear, Payson’s best wrestler, will be in the most ‘stacked’ weight classes at sectionals.

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The Division III, Section I wrestling championships, to be held today, Friday, Feb. 3, and tomorrow in Winslow, will probably be the most competitive of the three section tournaments because state top-10 ranked teams Blue Ridge, Coconino, Mingus and Chino Valley are members. The Section II championships are under way at Tucson Sabino and Section III is occurring at Greenway High, Phoenix. Section I is the smallest of the three with 13 member schools while Section II and III encompass 17 schools each. Along with the Section I tournament drawing some of the finest teams in the state, it will feature some of the most accomplished individuals, with 35-plus top-eight ranked wrestlers competing over the course of the two days. Which means Payson wrestlers will face plenty of mat challenges as they battle for individual honors and team points. The 138-pound division is possibly the most stacked weight class in the sectionals and is the one in which Payson’s best wrestler, Jake Spear, competes.

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