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Yuma High to honor wrestling state champions with neighborhood parade, pep rally

Yuma High School will host a championship parade on Friday, Feb. 28 at 8:45 a.m. to celebrate its 2020 state title-winning wrestling team.

The parade will traverse 6th Avenue in front of Yuma High and wrap around the block as the team makes its way to the Palace Gym for an in-school pep rally.

“The celebration is just one way to honor the hard work and dedication these student-athletes put into their sport,” YHS Athletic Director Cindy Morago said. “The Yuma community couldn’t be prouder of our wrestlers. With the expertise of Head Coach Jeff Welsing, the wrestlers learn how to not only compete and win, but also lessons of dedication and teamwork that will help them become champions for life.”

Led by Welsing, who is in his 26th year at Yuma High, the Criminals won two of the past three Arizona Interscholastic Association Division III state wrestling titles. This year, they captured first place by a 19.5-point margin over Sahuarita High School with Jayden Dobson winning an individual state title in the 220-pound weight class.

The parade is open to the public. However, family members of wrestlers wishing to attend the pep rally are encouraged to arrive between 8:15-8:30 a.m. on the day of the event to check in at the office. No visitors will be permitted to attend the pep rally portion of the celebration without a guest pass.


Eric Patten