February 14, 2012
Payson High School’s Jacob Spear (second from left) brought home the gold from the state wrestling meet this weekend in Prescott.
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Winning a state high school wrestling championship is a much sought after goal that eludes a huge majority of Arizona’s finest grapplers. But that’s not the scenario for Payson High’s Jacob Spear who was celebrating on Feb. 10 at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley. There, the PHS senior wrestled his way to the 138-pound Division III state championship by posting a 4-0 tournament record. Most impressive about Spear’s win is that it was accomplished while entered in a highly competitive weight division that housed some of the state’s finest teenage athletes. In the tournament finale, Spear won a decision over Mohave’s Andrez Perez by a 4-1 count. Just one round earlier, Perez had defeated No. 1 ranked Chris Mata of Youngker 6-5. Mata entered the postseason 51-2 and was a huge favorite to win the weight division championship.