Keller Rock Becomes First Freshman In Chino Valley High School History to Win Championship

11 February 2017  
Chino Valley freshman wrestler Keller Rocks hugs his coach Allan Foster after winning the state championship on Friday February 10th, 2017 in Prescott Valley, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham
Keller Rock Becomes First Freshman in Program History to Win Championship

PRESCOTT VALLEY- Chino Valley High School wrestling tasted success at the state playoffs last year as the program placed three champions. On Friday night at the Prescott Valley Event Center, Keller Rock was crowned state champion in the division-three 138-pound weight class bringing the fifth title to the school but first by a freshman.

“Worked hard for my goals and my goals came true,” Keller said after the victory. “Now it’s back to work in the wrestling room and getting ready for next year.”

After going 46-4 during the regular season, Keller beat Conrado Medina of Walden Grove and Bak Reyak of Peoria on falls in the first two rounds of the state playoffs. In the semi-final, Rock shutout Yuma’s Alfonso Porchas by a 4-0 decision. The final match would prove to be a big challenge for the freshman as Rock took on the undefeated Jacob Rios of Dysart for the state championship. After a stalemate, Rock found an opening and picked up the fall at 3:10.

“I knew a shot was coming,” Rock said. “So waiting for a shot and working my defense off of his shots and working it into my offense.”

Keller mentioned his coach Allan Foster told him before the match to focus on defending Rios’ shot because if he was able to accomplish that, Keller would win.

“We’ve seen Rios wrestle forever so we know him really well,” Foster said. “This week we spent a lot of time trying to imitate what Rios does in matches.”

“It was a team effort but all props to Keller Rock,” Foster continued.

Foster mentioned Rock is successful because of the dedication he puts into the sport, such as working all offseason improving his skill. Now with a state championship in hand, Rock can be an example for not only the young team at Chino Valley but those who are coming in the future.

“We didn’t have many people for the young guys to look to because we didn’t have that leadership,” Foster said. “We got that leadership from a freshman and it blazes a way for all those junior high kids who are looking and saying ‘I want to be a four-time state champ.’”

Rock mentioned he will now train for nationals during the summer.