FORT DEFIANCE — The Greyhills Academy High School Wrestling Team took to the mats at the Regional Tournament at Window Rock High School last weekend and qualified eight wrestlers for the State Tournament in Phoenix on Feb. 13-14.
Qualifying for the State Tournament at the Regionals were the Fightin’ Knights Jarell Lane, 119 pounds, third Place; Rudy Charlie, 125 pounds, Champion; Lewis Hascon, 130 pounds, fourth Place; Derek Sullivan, 145 pounds, fourth Place; Fuman Nez, 152 pounds, third Place; Cordell McCabe, 160 pounds, second Place; Skylan Fowler, 171 pounds, third Place; and Joe Dayzie, 189 pounds, fourth Place.
“We did pretty well in the Regionals considering that we had three wrestlers missed the tournament due to the cold and flu,” said Head Coach Charlie Dandy. “In fact, a couple of our wrestlers went ahead and wrestled even though they were weak from being sick earlier in the week, and they still qualified for State. If they weren’t down with the flu, they would’ve finished higher, but overall, I’m very pleased with the team and how they performed all season even though we were pretty young and inexperienced.”
Joe Dayzie said that he was sick earlier in the week and did not work out for four days, but decided to go to the Regional tournament anyway. He placed fourth in the 189-pound bracket.
“I’m glad with where I finished,” Dayzie said after the tournament. “I was out of shape and pretty tired out there. I just tried to use my strength and end the match quickly, but I didn’t have much left for the last match.”
Lane had a bye in the first round and then lost to Ned Dugi of Tuba City in the second round. Lane then defeated Kyle Whitehair of Window Rock in the Consolation Semi-Finals to advance. He defeated Josh Sholley of Ganado High School to take 3rd place.
Rudy Charlie had a bye in the first round and then defeated Roderick Johnson of Tuba City in the semi-finals. He faced Ryan Salt of Monument Valley in the finals and won the Championship.
Lewis Hascon also had a bye in the opening round. He lost to Kelly Burnside of Window Rock and dropped to the Consolation Bracket where he suffered a loss to Jacob Curley of Monument Valley High School to come in fourth.
Derek Sullivan defeated Ambrosh Sinquah of Hopi High School in the first round. He suffered his first loss to Cody Nez of Pinon in the second and dropped to the consolation bracket. He was defeated by Troy Cly of Monument Valley to take fourth.
Fuman Nez defeated CJ Davis of Monument Valley in the first Round. He then lost to Jeremy Baloo of Ganado before defeating Tyler Johnson of Tuba City, and Francis Collins of Window Rock to take 3rd place.
Cardell McCabe had a bye the first round, defeated Brian Johnson of Pinon in the second and then suffered his only loss to Johnnie Teller of Tuba City for the championship.
Skylan Fowler had a bye the first round, and then lost to Spencer Prosser of Winslow in the second to go to the consolation bracket. He then beat Hershal Blackwater of Monument Valley to place 3rd.
Joe Dayzie quickly pinned Byron Nez of Pinon in the first round. He then loss his second round to Darren Chosa of Hopi and dropped to the consolation bracket. He wrestled Nathan Atene of Monument Valley and won. He then suffered a loss in the last round to Johnnie Lehi of Tuba City to take fourth place.