PRESCOTT VALLEY – Dajour Reece has that knowing confidence that he will come through in the end.
It was put to the test on Saturday when the Chandler 152-pounder pulled out a five-point move in the final 10 seconds to win his second Division I state title.
He trailed returning and undefeated state champion Michael Suwyn 4-3 after the later got three points on a tilt with 43 seconds left.
It looked like Suwyn was going to ride Reece out for the win when Reece hipped in and high-legged over for a reversal and three back points for the title.
“The situations I’ve been in allow me to stay calm,” said Reece, who transferred from Cesar Chavez this year. “He gave me an opening and I took it.”
Mountain Ridge coach Corey Whitten said the match, possibly the most anticipated of the night, was decided on a mistake.
“I told him going into the match whoever makes the last mistakes was probably going to lose,” Whitten said. “He let up on the pressure for just a second and that’s all it takes against someone like Dajour.”
Reece finishes as a four-time state placer and two-time state champion.
“When I’ve won it’s the hardest I have ever worked,” he said.
Mesa’s Brett Kasprzyk knows a little something about working hard after finishing fifth last year and winning it all his senior year with a 13-5 win at Division I 132 over Dobson’s Tyler Meraz, who tried a desperation move at the end to widen the scoring difference.
“Tyler and I have wrestled each since seventh grade every year, going back and forth,” Kasprzyk said. “It feels incredible. I changed my whole diet, cleaned everything up and improved my focus.
“This has been my goal for a long time and it just all came together.”
Corona del Sol’s Ethan Tursini finished off his career with his second state title and third placement with the DI 160-pound championship, while Basha’s Trey Ronayne won his second straight title at 170.
Other area champions were Marcos de Niza’s Richard Florez (152), Mesa’s Robert Schrock (HVY) and the Mountain View duo of Blake Monty (152) and Ryan Gallo (138).
Area state runner-ups were Corona del Sol’s Glenn Farina (138) and Bridger Barker (182), Mesa’s Lui Bonilla (195), Desert Vista’s Tristan Ezell (220), McClintock’s Elijah Halim (170, DII), Higley’s Drew Aho (HVY, DII) and the Mountain View trio of Paden Mason (113), Weston Taylor (160) and Kieffer Taylor (170).
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