January 24, 2012
Jacob Spear’s arm is raised in triumph by the referee after his championship victory at the Payson Invitational over the favored Derrick Brown of the Camp Verde Cowboys.
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Payson High School senior Jacob Spear wrestled his way to a gold medal and a prestigious outstanding wrestler award while battling some of Arizona’s finest grapplers entered in the Payson Invitational. In the 22-team fray, which was held Jan. 20 and 21 in Wilson Dome, Spear (138 lbs.) compiled an unbeaten record that included a decision over Camp Verde’s Derrick Brown in the hotly contested championship round. Brown entered the tournament highly regarded with a 39-6 record and a weight class championship with a 6-0 mark earlier this month at the Joseph City Invitational. At the Blackford ASU Invitational while competing against some of the state’s finest “big school” wrestlers, Brown was 5-1 with three pins.