TUBA CITY, Ariz. - It was a "really good year for Tuba City wrestlers, lots of discipline and lots of heart" said Tuba City Head Wrestling Coach Brandon Williams.
Two of his principal wrestlers, Adrain Sixkiller and Shayne Yazzie, came home with state wins and solid overall season records.
Sixkiller had a 29-6 season record with a final third place at state, a fifth place finish at Camp Verde-Parade of Champions, a third place at the Peabody-Kayenta Tournament and a third place finish at the Page Sand Devil Classic.
Yazzie also fared well this season. He had a 19-6 record for the season, a fifth place finish at the state tournament, a fifth place finish at the Camp Verde Parade of Champions and a first place finish at the Kayenta Peabody Tournament.
At the Parade of Champions in both Divisions IV and III in Prescott Valley, five local wrestlers made it to the final medal round with the two Tuba City High wrestlers winning their final matches of the year.
Sixkiller, at 220 lbs., wrestled in the consolation championship of his bracket.
Sixkiller won his match, taking third place with a 6-1 decision over Leon LeGrange of Snowflake.
In fifth place matches, Tuba City High's Yazzie beat Marco Salas from San Manuel to take fifth place.
"This is my last tournament, my last year wrestling so I just used all of that for my motivation," Sixkiller said. "It also helped to know my whole family was behind me and they were all in the stands watching. All of the matches were tough, the seeding here didn't matter."
"I told Adrain, it all comes down to training, all your hard work this year getting ready," Williams said. "This was the best of the best wrestlers and I am proud of all my student wrestlers. The Tuba City High wrestling team is starting to put our high school on the map since placing one big win last year and now two this year. I am excited about the upcoming season for our high school."
"I tried to pull ahead early (at state) and never wanted to let Salas into the match," Yazzie said. "I just tried to stay off of my back and not let him get any moves on me. In my earlier matches I know that I didn't do this and it was a fatal mistake that hurt my final score."
Yazzie is just a freshman. He said he will return to the wrestling program to work with Williams again this fall.