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In a display of athletic prowess, Matthew Hernandez, a student-athlete from Paradise Valley Unified School District’s (PVSchools) Horizon High School, clinched the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) Division II State Wrestling Championship at 132 pounds. The event, which took place on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, saw Hernandez outmaneuvering his competitors to stand atop the podium.

Hernandez’s journey to the championship was marked by an impressive performance that showcased not only his technical skills but also his unwavering strength and determination. His victory at the state level is a nod to his hard work and dedication to the sport of wrestling, a discipline that demands both physical and mental resilience.

In recognition of his outstanding achievements on the mat, Hernandez was honored with the title of PVSchools All-District Wrestler of the Year. This accolade further underscores his exemplary contribution to the sport and his role as an inspiration to young athletes within the PVSchools community.

PVSchools is committed to offering a diverse range of athletic programs that provide students with opportunities for growth, responsibility, and community engagement. These programs are designed to impart lifelong lessons and values, helping students to navigate the challenges of life with confidence and integrity.

As the community celebrates Hernandez’s victory, it is a reminder of the invaluable role that athletics play in shaping the character and futures of young individuals. Through sports, students like Matthew learn the importance of teamwork, leadership, and perseverance, lessons that will undoubtedly serve them well in all their future endeavors.