Tristan Ezell, of Desert Vista (white), wrestles Darien Hapner, of Skyline (black), for fifth place in the Division I 195-pound weight class during the AIA State Wrestling Championships at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley on Friday, Feb 8, 2013.

[David Jolkovski/AFN]

The Desert Vista wrestling team placed nine wrestlers in the quarterfinals to take the Day 1 lead at the Tournament of Champions in California.

The Thunder lead the 66-team event, which is hosted by Valencia High at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif., with 92.5 points with La Costa Canyon (87.5) and El Camino Real (80.5) rounding out the top three.

Gage McGrew (106), Alex Carrillo (113), Brian Mitchell (126), Nico Cambell (138), Chad Porter (160), Mitchell White (170), Jeremiah Imonode (182), Tristan Ezell (220) and Adam Ortega (HVY) made the quarterfinals.

The Thunder’s B team is in 37th place and the third Desert Vista team is in 48th place.

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