PRESCOTT VALLEY - The "Tournament of Revenge" is now complete.

And Robert Sobarzo feels vindicated.

The Desert Vista senior was seeded fourth at the Division I 138-pound weight class with a bit of an unkind history against many of his bracket-mates when the tournament started Friday at Tim's Toyota Center.

Not anymore.

While he didn't come across every opponent that had beaten him in previous meetings, he managed to make it to the finals with impressive wins over Sunnyside runner-up Andres Piedra, who beat Sobarzo in the semis at the Peoria Invitational, and Corona's top-seeded Daniel Cartagena, who beat Sobarzo at the Moon Valley Invite.

Waiting for Sobarzo in Saturday night's finals was Highland three-time state placer and state champion Curt Done, who defeated Sobarzo in the finals of a preseason tournament to represent Arizona.

This time around it wasn't much of a contest as Sobarzo dominated from the start, getting two takedowns before a hip toss planted Done on his back on the edge of the mat. Twice Sobarzo picked Done up and slid him inside the line with the second one doing the trick by getting the pin at 1 minute and 47 seconds of the first period.

"Gonzo (Desert Vista coach David Gonzalez) said this was the tournament of revenge and I went after everyone like it was," said Sobarzo, who finished the year with a 36-6 record after unofficially finishing sixth last year when he was disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The best tournament of his life started soon after finishing second last week in the Division I, Section III tournament at Desert Vista. After losing 10-7 to Horizon's Bryant Wood, Sobarzo went in the Thunder wrestling room and drilled for 20 minutes.

And came out with a new focus.

"I kicked myself in the butt because I didn't turn it up enough like my coaches wanted me to," Sobarzo said. "I knew I was going to be aggressive in every match and make them defend me."

Gonzalez said Sobarzo came into his own over the last two weeks.

"He turned it on," he said. "He did whatever it took to get to the next level."

That level of performance was what Sobarzo was looking for when he transferred from Westview. It wasn't an easy decision to leave Avondale where was coached by the same man - Chris Goetz - who coached his dad and uncle.

Goetz came down from the stands to congratulate his former pupil in a classy and emotional move.

"It was hard, but this is why I did it, right here," Sobarzo said. "I wanted to know what it felt like to be a state champion."

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