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Thunderbird Defeats Yuma, American Leadership Academy, and Moon Valley

Last we left off, the Thunderbird Wrestling team started the 2019-2020 season on a high note. The Chiefs defeated the Apache Junction Prospectors in a 54-29 landslide victory. Moreover, the team also defeated the Greenway Demons in a 67-12 blowout. The team ended 2019 with two blowout victories over two difficult opponents. Now, the team is hoping to start 2020 the right way.

On January 8th, 2020, the Chiefs started the new year by hosting three teams for their senior night match-up. At the beginning of the night, the Thunderbird Wrestling team celebrated the graduating senior wrestlers. The home crowd celebrated the graduation of Connor Darling, Jacob Livingston, Alan Montesinos Juarez, Joseph Castaneda, Matthew Reyes, Steven Dortch, and Trevin Perdue from the wrestling team, recognizing their achievements and stating what they had planned for the future. After recognizing them, the Chiefs officially began the night by facing off with Moon Valley first. The Chiefs began the match-up with Daniel Oropeza defeating his opponent. After that, the Chiefs dominated the mat. In the end, the boys defeated the Moon Valley Rockets in a stunning 66-8 overall victory.

The graduating senior wrestlers

After their match-up with Moon Valley, the Chiefs moved on to their next opponent: the Yuma Criminals. The match-up started with freshman varsity wrestler Ivan Fenn defeating his Yuma opponent by having more points. After that, the Chiefs were on edge as some of their wrestlers were defeated by the opposition. Unfortunately for the Yuma Criminals, the Chiefs came back. Ultimately the boys defeated the Yuma Criminals in an astounding 48-25 victory. After their victory over Yuma, Thunderbird had one more team to go against: the American Leadership Academy Patriots. This match-up also began with Ivan Fenn defeating his opponent. After this match-up, Daniel Oropeza won his match. Ultimately, most of the wrestling Chiefs defeated their opponents, resulting in a landslide 65-18 victory over the Patriots.

Matthew Reyes lifting his Yuma opponent with ease

The Chiefs ultimately ended the season on a high note; they defeated three teams in a row through landslide victories. While the team is sad that the season is over and that many are graduating from the team, the boys are excited for next season, hoping to show other schools that they are still a force to be reckoned with and that their skills and their strength is unmatched.

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