Dakota Halverson (center) with the MUSD board (from left) Joshua Judd, AnnaMarie Knorr, Gary Miller, Superintendent Steve Chestnut, Patti Coutre, Torri Anderson and coach Erick Fierro. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Senior Dakota Halverson was formally recognized Wednesday by the Maricopa Unified School District Governing Board for winning the state wrestling championship in Division II, 285 pounds.

Coach Erick Fierro and Dakota Halverson
Coach Erick Fierro and Dakota Halverson

Head coach Erik Fierro: “I am very proud to be Dakota’s wrestling coach. I started two years ago, so I met him two years ago. He was already a tremendous athlete, and I found myself in a very fortunate position to be able to coach a very talented athlete. I always tell him, I don’t know how much I actually did because he’s the one who wrestled. He’s the one that won the state championship and not me. Dakota Halverson, I’m always going to remember you as my first state wrestling champion.”

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