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Wrestling season comes to a close with 7 competitors in state tournament

Photo by Kevin Valenzuela '13 Mr. Frank and Chase Frank '13 wrestle during Brophy's varsity wrestling practice on January 31.

Mr. Frank’s fruitful wrestling career at
Brophy culminates with state tournament

By Jack Macias ’14
THE ROUNDUP

Unknown to the wrestling team at the time of the state tournament Feb. 7-8, this would be Mr. Brad Frank’s last season as a wrestling coach.

Although the Brophy wrestling season did not go as they wanted to at the state tournament level, the season was overall a success Mr. Frank said.

The team competed in three out of the Valley tournaments, including two in northern Arizona and one in California.

Mr. Frank said the team set high goals and met some but not others.

“It’s sad that not as many people went to state as we thought were going to,” said A.J. Zamora ’14. “For those of us that did, we know that we have a lot to work on. We also see a lot of positives that came from the season.”

The team sent seven players to the state tournament and Kaleb Mosier ’13 took third in the 220-pound weight class.

“Overall at state I would say that we didn’t have quite the showing we wanted, we did some good things during the season. We won more duels then we thought we would,” Mr. Frank said.

Mr. Frank and junior Zamora said that apart from the state meet, the Brophy wrestling team did very well overall.

Mr. Frank retired at the end of the season.

The new head coach of the varsity Brophy wrestling team is not known.

Manny Trejo ’13 and Zamora attributed their increased abilities and knowledge to the coaching staff.

“Brophy has some good young guys, there’s some really good freshman and sophomores, and juniors. What they accomplish next year is what they decide to put in during the off season,” Mr. Frank said.

With the seven year head coach retiring, Brophy has seen definite changes from when Mr. Frank originally came to the program.

“Before I got here the wrestling program did not have a very good reputation, didn’t have a lot of state placers in the history of the program,” Mr. Frank said. “Three years ago we took second at the state tournament as a team, we shattered all kinds of records, we’ve had tons of state placers, by far its been the best success stretch in the state of Brophy wrestling.”