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Best friends sign on for another adventure together

Yuma Catholic wrestlers Jacob Navarro and Jayden Dobson sign with Southwestern Oregon

YUMA, Ariz. ( KYMA, KECY-TV ) - Jayden Dobson and Jacob Navarro signed their letters of intent together on Monday to attend Southwestern Oregon Community College.

"I had a couple other offers but this one seemed to be the best," Dobson said. "I like that it's on the beach and far away from Arizona. They seem like a solid program, they have a lot of returning qualifiers from nationals."

Over the last three years, Dobson has dominated the state when it comes to wrestling. He is a three time state champion in three different weight classes.

"If you can go from 195 to 220 to heavyweight and win it three years in a row, in the last two years he won it with perfect scores," Yuma Catholic Athletic Director Jeff Welsing said. "Anytime you can pin every opponent in the state tournament and score 30 points for your team, that's huge."

Dobson's career record is 130-21 with 98 pins.

Dobson along with Jacob Navarro started their wrestling careers at Yuma High School. After their junior year in which Dobson won a state title and Navarro placing fifth, they both transferred to Yuma Catholic. They both had to sit out half of the season due to the transfer and once unleashed, grappled their way back to the state tournament as Shamrocks. Dobson claimed another title and Navarro was a state runner-up at 126 pounds. Now both will head off to Oregon together.

"I get to live with my best friend," Navarro said. "I like what teams we're going to wrestle and that we get to travel."

Jacob finished his high school career 114-33 with 90 career pins.

"They don't say too much but they lead by example," Welsing said. "Those are the types of kids you really like because they're going to lead by actions. Not talking, they're just going to show you."

Dobson says he plans to major in nursing, Navarro is still undecided.

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Scott Gross

Scott Gross joins the KYMA team as the CBS 13 sports director and weather forecaster. Scott comes to the Desert Southwest all the way from Alaska where he covered the military and education beats for KTVA-TV & KTUU-TV.

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