May River knew it had the upper-hand at the upper weights, but by the time it got to that point, it was too late for the Sharks.
Visiting Gilbert racked up the bonus points early and pulled out several close matches to build an insurmountable lead and claim a 33-31 win over May River in the Class 3A Lower State championship Wednesday.
Travis Tran started the night on a good note for the Sharks with a second-period pin, but Gilbert won the next seven matches — including pins at 113 and 126 and a forfeit at 152 — to build a 30-6 lead.
Wyatt Banfield stopped the streak with an 8-6 win at 160 to keep the Sharks’ hopes alive, but a loss at 170 left May River needing pins at the final four weights to forge a tie.
Ryan Humel delivered at 182, but Roderick Grant slipped off a headlock in the final seconds of his match at 195, settling for an 11-3 major decision to seal the Sharks’ fate.
With the win clinched, the Indians forfeited the final two weights and began the celebration.
The Sharks now turn their attention to the individual postseason tournaments and will host the Class 3A Lower State qualifier on Feb. 15-16.
Gilbert 33, May River 31
106: Tran (MR) pinned Wise, 2nd
113: Bre.Crout (G) pinned Hadden, 3rd
120: Guijosa (G) dec. Ciccarelli, 9-4
126: Bar.Crout (G) pinned Jenkins, 1st
132: Baker (G) dec. Romero, 5-3
138: Oswald (G) dec. Nelsen, 10-9
145: Reich (G) dec. Merriwether, 11-6
152: Price (G) won by forfeit
160: Banfield (MR) dec. Price, 8-6
170: Coleman (G) dec. Foulk, 7-2
182: Humel (MR) pinned Kiesler, 2nd
195: Grant (MR) maj, dec. Decker, 11-3
220: Eli Hall (MR) won by forfeit
285: Kailin Prescott-Ferguson (MR) won by forfeit