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PHS Wrestling Crowned Champions of Yavapai County Duals
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26 November 2017
 
The Prescott High School Badgers celebrate after sophomore Cassidy Swearingen clinches the win for his team on Saturday, November 25th, 2017 at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham

Badgers sophomore Cassidy Swearingen Records Pin to Clinch Yavapai County Duals Championship Victory for Prescott High School

PRESCOTT- Prescott High School Badgers sophomore Cassidy Swearingen picked a brilliant time to get the first pin of his high school career as the Badgers were only leading Camp Verde by single digits in the Yavapai County Duals Championship match on Saturday afternoon, November 25th, at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. The pin clinched the 51-29 victory for the Badgers.

“What motivated me was our team and John Dwyer (2016 Prescott High School senior state champion) and my whole family,” Swearingen said. “It was awesome.”

The Prescott High School Badgers went a perfect 4-0 against their opponents in the competition which featured teams from across Yavapai County including Camp Verde High School, Chino Valley High School, Bradshaw Mountain High School, Mingus High School, Wickenburg High School and Mayer High School.

“The guys have been working really hard and today was the first time we got everything put together,” Prescott High School Wrestling Head Coach Max Payne said. “The hard work paid off so far.”

Entering his second year as head coach of his alma mater, Payne has now guided Prescott High School to back-to-back Yavapai County Dual Championships.

“He (Payne) has brought courage, he’s brought training and everything,” Swearingen said. “He strives us every day to push hard.”

Following the loss to Prescott High School, Camp Verde (3-1) finished in second place. Meanwhile, Chino Valley took third (3-1), Bradshaw Mountain (2-2) took fourth, Mingus (2-2) finished in 5th place, Wickenburg (1-3) came in 6th place and Mayer (0-4) struggled on the mat finishing last.

The Yavapai County Duals was the first match for a number of teams in the competition and for Prescott High School, it’s a strong start to the season.

“We are going to go and work on some new techniques and keep grinding,” Payne said. “They did a great job today.”

NEXT MATCH

Prescott High School: Thursday, November 30th, at home against Show Low and Coconino (4:00 pm)

Bradshaw Mountain High School: Friday, December 1st, at Liberty High School for the Liberty Classic (6:00 am)

Chino Valley High School: Wednesday, November 29th, at Blue Ridge High School for the Blue Ridge Multi Meet against Blue Ridge, Hopi and Holbrook. (4:00pm)

Torrence Dunham

Torrence Dunham is a multimedia journalist who graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.  Torrence is our PrescottValleyeNews.com Correspondent covering local news and events in Prescott Valley. He is also the lead sports correspondent and play-by-play pro for all our multimedia news sites. If he's not adding to his extensive sports bobble-head collection, he's talking baseball, his favorite. Follow him on Twitter: @Tadunham.