The Safford Middle School wrestling team had phenomenal season and, according to their coach, Philip Ornelas, achieved a lot of their academic and wrestling goals. But the best is yet to come. Coach Ornelas says they’re going to jump right into club wrestling and compete at the state and national level.
Here are the team results of the 2017 -2018 season:
- Placed 2nd at Tempe state with 55 total teams
- Placed 4th at Tucson State with 70 total teams
- Benson Champs – 20 teams
Kaleb Cordova (pictured above) is State champ at Tucson State and Tempe state. 35-0 as a 6th grader! Won outstanding wrestler award at Benson invitational and BOTH state tournaments.
Fernando Gonzales 2nd place (Tucson) and 3rd at Tempe @167 lbs.
Tanner Ledford 5th @ Tempe State @200lbs
Karson Zimmerman 5th @ Tempe State and 6th @ Tucson State @142lbs
Jainacio Rios 6th @ Tempe @104lbs
Nathaniel Maldanado 5th @ Tucson State