February 7, 2012
Conner Anderson, a 152-pound junior, finished the 2011-2012 season with a commendable 30-14 going into the Division III, Section III wrestling tournament held Feb. 4 in Winslow. Anderson went on to finish second in the tournament and now advances to the D-III state tournament to be held Feb. 9 to 11 in Prescott Valley.
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If the Section III wrestling tournament had wrapped up after the first eight weight classes, Payson would have been in the running for a gold medal finish. The possibility would have existed because the Longhorns had five medalists in the 106- to 152-pound weight divisions. In the six weight divisions greater than 152, the Horns had just one medalist — 195-pound Anselmo Vasquez who was third. Jacob Spear, competing among the 138-pounders, turned in one of the Longhorns’ best finishes placing second to Taylor Martin of Flagstaff Coconino. For the year, Spear was 41-6. Conner Anderson also earned silver medal honors, finishing second to Snowflake’s Jacob Lucas. Anderson wrapped up the campaign with a commendable 30-14 record. Also in the Longhorn effort, a trio of wrestlers, Dallin Macnab, William McCrary and Zac Wilson managed fourth place showings.