PRESCOTT VALLEY – Jeremiah Hollen wasted little time in securing his first state title.
The Mountain View junior used a cradle off a head-and-arm to pin Boulder Creek’s Chandler Deegan in 55 seconds on Friday for the Division I 195-pound title.
It was eerily reminiscent of last year’s loss in the finals for Hollen when he was decked in the first period.
“This feels a lot better,” said Hollen, who set the school record for for wins (48) in a season.
The thing about Hollen is he isn’t satisfied yet. He saw Sunnyside’s Roman Bravo-Young win his fourth state title earlier in the event. It opened Hollen’s eyes.
“I’ve gotten this far, and I’ve been in the room as much as I should be,” said Hollen, who finished 48-1 on the year. “Roman Bravo-Young spends every minute he can working and getting better. I’ve been a little selfish and haven’t done everything I could.”
He does split time with football as a starting linebacker, but Hollen is doing pretty good on the mat as well considering he is also a 10-time All-American in Greco and freestyle.
“It means a lot to me, and I’ve dreamed about this when I watched my brother (Phoenix) and Mountain View win back-to-back state championships,” he said. “We weren’t able to do that this year, but we are feeling good about next year.”
Phoenix might have the team titles but finished third his senior year. That’s a huge bragging right for the little brother.
“He’ll always be bigger than me, but that’s OK,” Jeremiah said. “I have that state championship and that’s something I will always have.”
– Jason P. Skoda is a senior writer for MyNewsMesa.com. Send Mesa-based story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.