The Parker Broncs wrestling team hosted their final home meet of the season, the Parker High Multiple Meet, Dec. 21, and they came away defeating three or the four schools they faced. Their only loss, which was to the River Valley Dust Devils of Mohave Valley, was due to forfeits because the Dust Devils had more wrestlers in more weight classes than the Broncs did.
Broncs’ Coach Wesley Huddleson said he was impressed with how the team did.
“That’s about the best wrestling we’ve done all year,” he said.
In team scores, the Broncs defeated Yuma High School’s Junior Varsity, 46-30. They defeated the San Tan Foothills Sabercats of Queen Creek, 48-18; and a combined team from Antelope of Wellton, Ariz. and San Pasuqal of Winterhaven, Calif., 39-18. Their only loss was to River Valley, 48-33.
Several Broncs went undefeated at the meet. Damian Najera (120 pounds) was 4-0, while Tyrell Manuel (113 pounds), Matthew Flores (132 pounds) and the Broncs’ only Senior, Robert Solorio (182 pounds) all went 3-0.
One of the more exciting matches to watch was Najera’s bout with his opponent from River Valley. He won by a pin with 2.2 seconds left in the match. He was ahead in points, 11-7, at the time.
Most of the Broncs’ wins were by pins.
“The guys are getting better every week,” Huddleson said. “I’m real excited to see where we’ll be at the end of the season.”
Following the fourth round of matches, the Broncs honored Solorio as the team’s only senior.
The Broncs have one wrestling meet planned for the winter break. They’ll participate in the Mile High Invitational, which will be held Jan. 3 and 4, 2020 at Findley Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.