2/15/2012 8:26:00 AM Initiated by the best Bradshaw wrestler has first State experience against champ
Bradshaw Mountain freshman Ian Cobb shakes hands with State Wrestling tournament first round opponent Alvaro Gallego of Ironwood Ridge as their match began at Timís Toyota Center in Prescott Valley Friday morning.
Trib Photo/Cheryl Hartz
Bradshaw Mountain freshman Colton Audsley puts Alvaro Gallego of Ironwood Ridge on his back during his first round match of the State Wrestling Meet at Timís Toyota Center Friday.
Trib Photo/Cheryl Hartz
Imagine yourself a jittery freshman awaiting your first-ever State Tournament wrestling match against the No. 1 seed. Now imagine your relief at having lasted a full period against said foe, even though the match ended with you on your back. Lastly, imagine your elation when your opponent fulfills his ranking and wins the State title.
One of Bradshaw Mountain's two freshmen entries earned just such a moral victory, while the other saw his No. 1 seed suffer an upset at the State Wrestling Meet at Tim's Toyota Center this past weekend.
Ian Cobb, 106 pounds, and Colton Audsley, 120 pounds, squeaked into the tourney as wild cards in the final No. 16 position of their weight classes in Division II. That meant their first opponents were the State's No. 1 seeds.
"I told them every period you get through is a victory; every time you defy them a turn or a point, it's a victory; every point you score is a victory," Bradshaw head coach Jon Vick said of his rookies.
Neither had much varsity experience. Yet both acquitted themselves well at the State's most prestigious meet.
Friday morning Cobb (11-5) trailed Alvaro Gallego (46-0) just 4-0 after the first two-minute period. The Pueblo wrestler pinned him early in the second period. Gallego ended his season with a 50-0 record and a State title.
Advancing to consolation brackets that afternoon, Cobb dominated Apollo's No. 8 Jose Garcia (24-16) for a 12-2 win. The next morning he lost 6-3 to Barry Goldwater's No. 7-seeded Kenny Vandall (34-16), who then lost to the State's eventual sixth place wrestler, No. 6 James Wilson (44-10) of Vista Grande.
Audsley actually scored the first takedown of his opening match Friday, and led 2-0 before Ironwood Ridge's Connor Buette (11-1) tied it 2-2 to end the first period. Audsley held tough through two-thirds of the second period, until Buette pinned him with 31 seconds remaining in the frame. Buette next was upset by Barry Goldwater's No. 8 Troy Vandall, who finished in fourth place behind Prescott's No. 2-seed Mike Burkeen, with the bronze. Buette was knocked from competition in the third consolation round by the State's sixth place medalist, Raymond Kellis No. 4 seed Nick Martinez (28-9).
Audsley lost in consolation to No. 9 Aramis Rodriguez (30-12) from Lake Havasu, who next lost to the State's eventual fifth place wrestler, No. 4 Cristian Sanchez (40-9) from Cienega.
Bradshaw head coach Jon Vick said his young squad and "an expanding, energized coaching staff," bodes well for the future. That staff includes Ian's dad, Gordie Cobb, Shea Kendig, and former BMHS head coach Jeff Brown "back and taking an expanded role."
He said the staff also has been talking about the need for a competitive elementary school program to help feed the junior high and high school squads.