2/8/2012 8:31:00 AM Bradshaw Bears pin State hopes on freshmen wrestlers
Bradshaw Mountain freshman Ian Cobb controls his Mingus opponent Jan. 25 in Prescott Valley. Cobb enters the State Wrestling Tourney as a wild card this week at Timís Toyota Center.
With their best hope for a State wrestling title out with a broken hand, the Bradshaw Mountain Bears now are pinning their hopes on a couple of long shots - freshmen Ian Cobb and Colton Audsley.
Each placed sixth in his respective weight class at Div. II, Section II, Cobb at 106 pounds and Audsley at 120. The top five automatically qualified for State. The sixth place finishers got thrown into the wild card pool where their chances of owning the best winning percentage were one-in-three. Cobb and Audsley beat the odds and received No. 16 seeds.
Zack Steck, 138, and Austin Day, 132, weren't quite so lucky. Both placed sixth at Sectionals, but neither got a wild card for State.
"As of Saturday, we had four near misses, and were dealing with the possibility of getting skunked," Bradshaw head coach Jon Vick said. "But two are going as wild cards by virtue of their winning percentage."
The Bears expected seniors Tomas Medevielle and Kyle Jarpe and junior Steck to be their State candidates. But Medevielle suffered a broken hand in the season closer - a dual meet with Mingus Jan. 25 - and couldn't compete in Sectionals this past week.
"The Flagstaff coach who called me about the wild cards said Tomas could've taken the State title," Vick said. "Tomas had his shot (with State appearances his sophomore and junior seasons). The lesson I conveyed to the rest of the kids is, you have to make every season count, because there's no guarantee you won't get injured or even come down with the flu your senior year."
Coach Vick said at Sectionals Jarpe lost by two points to the wrestler who eventually took fifth.
"Kyle gave it everything he had; it was sad to see him not make it," Vick said. "He's a great kid, the epitome of the work ethic and overachieving. If I could bottle whatever it is inside him and disperse it among all my kids, we would win a state title every year."
He said having two freshmen qualify was a pleasant surprise. "It says a lot about the group of freshmen we have," Vick said.
At the State Tournament at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley on Friday, Cobb (11-5 season record) will face Alvaro Gallego (46-0), the No. 1 seed from Pueblo. Audsley (9-8) also will go up against a No. 1 seed, Connor Buette from Ironwood Ridge (11-1).