Coaches focus on fundamentals early in season

By Quentin Jodie
Navajo Times

WINDOW ROCK, Dec. 19, 2013

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(Times photos - Donovan Quintero)

TOP: Valley Sanders’ Casey Yazzie, right, wrestles Window Rock’s Emmanuel Slinkey on Dec. 11. Yazzie defeated Slinkey.

MIDDLE: A Monument Valley Mustang wrestler takes down a Chinle wrestler on Dec. 11 during Window Rock High’s wrestling meet, which featured eight teams.

BOTTOM: A Joseph City Wildcat wrestler makes an attempt to submit a Monument Valley Mustang wrestler on Dec. 11 in Fort Defiance.

In February, some jaws dropped when then Window Rock senior Jeremy Jesus systematically knocked out some of the most seasoned wrestlers at the 2013 Arizona Division IV state wrestling tournament.

Jesus chalked up three wins before falling in the finals of the 182-pound weight class, which included an upset win over the No. 2 wrestler in the state.

"The kids are excited and they are fired up with what Jeremy did last year," said Window Rock's new coach Mark Hillis. "We're expecting to have a good season and we want to improve on last year."

On Dec. 11, the Scouts hosted eight teams in a dual as the wrestling season is now in full swing.

For a rundown of what to expect this season for the Greyhills Knights, Monument Valley Mustangs, the Red Mesa Redskins, the Shiprock Chieftains, the Shonto Prep Grizzlies, Valley Pirates and the Window Rock Scouts, pick up a Navajo Times.

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