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Posted: Friday, February 21, 2014 10:00 pm

PRESCOTT VALLEY – A little news and a fews notes from Day One of the state tournament.

Sectional inequity

As expected two of the Division I sectionals dominated the tournament.

Section I led the way with 22 semifinalists and Section IV had 18. The other two sections combined for 16 as Section III had 10 and Section II had six.

Seeding problems

The blind draw has to go.

After the top four seeds find take up their residence in the bracket, the runner-up from each section is placed on the opposite of the bracket.

The remaining eight wrestlers are placed by a blind draw and it leads to uneven brackets and wrestlers from the same section facing off in the first round.

“All four (placers) from our section (DI, Section I) wrestled each other,” Desert Vista coach David Gonzalez said. “It’s happened to other sections, too. It’s not right.”

The suggestion is sectional champions face the fourth placers from a different section and second place always faces a third place from a different section.

Second chance

Ironwood Ridge's 182-pounder Travis Mordecai is making the most of this state tournament after it looked as if he wasn't going to be able to wrestle.

At sectionals, he was lost in the last seconds in the finals and said a few choice words. The referee didn't take too kindly and ejected him from the tournament.

After the tournament was over, Mordecai and the ref had a long talk and the ejection was rescinded. All indications are it was the right call.

Mordecai is taking full advantage of his new life as he recorded two pins on Friday to reach Saturday's semifinals.

First-round duds

There were a total of 18 sectional champions who lost in the first round of the state tournament.

Division I had nine go down with five those coming from Section II, two from Section I and two from Section III.

Division II also had nine sectional champions lose in the first round.

Missing pieces

There were about five forfeits including a double forfeit at 106 pounds in Division II as Vista Grande’s James Wilson and Shadow Mountain’s Jessie Zelkin were unable to go.

It allowed Apollo’s Ben Ramos to get a bye in the second round to advance to the semifinals.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN

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