ELOY — Much like last year, it was a rainy night as the Santa Cruz Valley Union wrestling team held its trophy presentation at the high school on Thursday night.

For the second consecutive year, the Dust Devils were celebrated by the community for winning the Division IV state tournament.

“We are here to celebrate our wrestling team,” District Superintendent Orlenda Roberts said. “I’m proud of all the students who not only go to class but participate in extracurricular activities and sports. It takes a lot of time and commitment to do that and I’m so very, very proud of our kids (who) have done the impossible and have repeated as state wrestling champions.”

Santa Cruz Valley Union High School Principal Orante Jenkins thanked the coaches, parents and everyone who supported the wrestling team.

Athletic Director Rishard Davis said he watched many of the team’s meets and was impressed with all its hard work.

“I just want to say that these guys are truly inspirational this year,” he said. “It was an honor to watch you guys play and just the heart and determination that you guys showed every night and especially in the state championship meet.”

Each member of the team and coach was recognized with a certificate, and the team presented Roberts with the state championship trophy.

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Maria Vasquez is a reporter covering Eloy, Arizona City and sports. She can be reached at mvasquez@pinalcentral.com.

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