Alex Carrillo

Thunder's Alex Carrillo wrestles Pumas' Adam Ratliff in the 113 lb. weight class during the wrestling match between Desert Vista Thunder and Perry Pumas at Desert Vista on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.

[David Jolkovski/AFN]

The toughest wrestling tournament in Arizona kept up its reputation with several high seeds falling by the wayside on the first day of action.

Chandler’s Estevan Ulibarri got a 15-2 major decision over top-seeded Chris Quiroz of Tucson at 138. Only one of the top four seeds – No. 2 Chase Meade of Marana – made the semis at 138.

The second seed struggled as the first four weight classes saw the second seed get dropped to the consolation before the semifinals.

Second-seeded Brandon Courtney of Desert Edge forfeited in the second round after earning a technical fall in the first to open the bottom half of the 106-lb bracket.

Second-seeded Alexander Calderon of Maryvale was beat 7-5 in the quarterfinals by Alexander Juarez of Cibola at 113.

Cibola and Sunnyside lead the way with six semifinalists each, but Mesa Mountain leads in the team race with 123 points and five semifinalists.

Sunnyside is in second with 117 points and Corona del Sol, wrestling without state champion Glenn Farina, is third with 108 points and five semifinalists.

Cibola (96 points) and Ironwood Ridge (85.5) round out the top five.

Chandler (85) has four semifinalists as does Desert Vista with the Thunder sitting in eighth place 84 points.

Advancing for the Thunder were Alex Carrillo (113), Nico Campbell (138), Tristan Ezell (220) and Adam Ortega (HVY).

Action resumes at 10 a.m. with semifinal action. The finals are at 6 p.m.

Semifinal matchups

106 – Vega (IR) vs. Mirabel (Clev); Ayala (Cine) vs. Wuerteumberg (Cibola)

113 – Castanga (Will) vs. Mason (Mesa MV); Carrillo (DV ) vs. Juarez (Cibola)

120 – Olivas (Sunny) vs. Hovis (Seton); Reece (Chan) vs. Pool (Tucson).

126 – Olivas (Sunny) vs. Taylor (IR); Konecny (Seton) vs. Farina (CDS).

132 – Nunez (Cibola) vs. Sondrup (MDN); Padilla (Tucson) vs. Wokasch (QC).

138 – Ulibarri (Chandler) vs. Gandara (Cibola); Campbell (DV) vs. Meade (Marana).

145 – Florez (MDN) vs. Miranda (Sunny); Nieto (Clev) vs. Salnicky (Amphi),

152 – Reece (Chan) vs. Torres (Mary); Monty (Mesa MV) vs. Barrera (Amphi).

160 – Gaud (Cibola) vs. Ortiz (Tucson); Villegas (Sunny) vs. Tursini (CDS).

172 – Guerrero (Cibola) vs. Rico (CDS); Cuevas (Sunny) vs. Taylor (Mesa MV).

182 – Mordecai (IR) vs. Barker (CDS); Andresen (Ham) vs. Byrd (BC).

195 – Gonzalez (Sunny) vs. Erickson (BC); Vera (Cien) vs. Clare (CDS).

220 – Howard (Marana) vs. Ezell (DV); Arendall (Centennial) vs. Huber (Mesa MV).

HVY – Felix (FW) vs. Ryan (CDS); Ortega (DV) vs. Garcia (Mesa MV).

Team standings

1.  Mesa Mt View  123.0
2.  Sunnyside  117.0
3.  Corona del Sol  108.0
4.  Cibola  96.0
5.  Ironwood Ridge  85.5
6.  Chandler  85.0
7.  Marana Mt. View  84.5
8.  Desert Vista  84.0
9.  Boulder Creek  83.5
10.  Cleveland  76.5
11.  Cienega  73.5
11.  Marana  73.5
13.  Queen Creek  73.0
14.  Tucson  69.5
15.  Amphitheater  58.0
16.  Marcos de Niza  56.0
17.  Thunderbird  50.0
18.  Willcox  48.0
19.  Centennial  40.0
19.  Seton Catholic  40.0
21.  Hamilton  36.0
22.  Brophy Prep  35.0
23.  Flowing Wells  32.0
24.  Paradise Valley  29.0
24.  Safford  29.0
26.  Montwood  27.0
27.  Maryvale  25.5
28.  Rincon  23.0
29.  Rio Rico  16.0
29.  Sahuarita  16.0
31.  Desert Edge  15.5
32.  Silver City  12.5
33.  Socorro  12.0
34.  Desert Mountain  10.5
35.  Pueblo  9.0
36.  Carl Hayden  1.0

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