January 24, 2012
The 2012 Payson Invitational started with round robin competition on four mats at the same time in Wilson Dome, followed by cross-pool matches, consolation and championship rounds.
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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.