Vargas, Marquez Placewinners at State

Taylor Vargas of Apache Junction took third place at 138 pounds, and Gabe Marquez claimed fifth place at 170 at the AIA Division III State Wrestling Tournament, held Feb. 8-10 in Prescott Valley.

Vargas and Marquez are seniors. Also wrestling at state was sophomores Kamryn Mudd (113) and Ethan Wright (195).

At 138, Vargas (50-5) lost his opening round match 10-9 to J.C. Mortensen of Chino Valley. In the consolation round, Vargas defeated Nathaniel Quinones of Cactus by major decision 12-2, pinned Daniel Frost of Snowflake in 3:28 and Steven Dortch of Thunderbird in 1:40, and earned a 10-2 major decision over Mortensen in the consolation semifinals.

Vargas pinned Christian Penrod of Page in 1:52 to claim third place.

Marquez (41-16) was pinned in his opening match at 170 by Jacob Sanchez of Yuma, and won his consolation opener by forfeit. From there, Marquez defeated Dominick Carillo of Pueblo 6-1, and pinned Ricardo Avelar of Walden Grove in 3:00.

Marquez was pinned in 1:41 by Sanchez in the consolation semis before taking the fifth place match on a 10-2 major decision over Francisco Mata of Peoria.

At 113, Mudd (26-18) was pinned in the opening round by Juan Campista of Pueblo in 1:14, and was pinned in the consolation round in 2:48 by Oscar Sepulveda of Peoria.

Wright (44-10) lost by 4-1 decision to Justin White of Snowflake in the opening round at 195. In the consolation round, Wright won 8-1 over Arturo Alcaraz of Salpointe, pinned Omar Ibanez of Pueblo in 1:45, and was pinned in the consolation quarterfinals by Jackson Edwards of Walden Grove in 1:59.

Photo above: Apache Junction’s Taylor Vargas is declared the winner of the third place match at 138 pounds at the AIA Division III State Wrestling Tournament at Prescott Valley. (Photo courtesy AJHS/Facebook)

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