BERNALILLO — The Roswell High Coyote wrestling squad took runner-up honors and the annual Spartan Duals wrestling tourney hosted by Bernalillo High School. The Coyotes won their pool defeating Grants, Pojoaque, and host Bernalillo before running into a buzz-saw in Los Lunas in the finals.
Coach Jesse Boggs was very pleased with his team’s performance. “Looking back to last year, I think we took 4th here so it’s definitely going in the right direction. This is a great tournament to get mat time, and all of my guys got mat time, so I’m happy with that.”
The Coyotes two leaders – Christian Sanchez at 220 and Gabriel Najar at 182 – finished a perfect 4-0 on the day with Sanchez still undefeated at 20-0 on the year. Both wrestlers pinned all of their opponents.
“Christian Sanchez is 20-0 which is great,” said Boggs. “He’s working hard and we are improving as a team. We’ve got a chance to keep riding our success and hoping to do well.”
In the final match versus the Tigers, the only other wrestler to go the distance with Los Lunas was Travis Alarcon at 152. Alarcon was only down 2-1 after the initial period before folding late in a 11-5 loss to Kyle Gonzalez, one of the tougher wrestlers at the 5A level.
The Coyotes travel to wrestle defending state champion Belen on Thursday.
The Goddard Rockets had mixed results on the day – winning only one dual, but it was going to be difficult with forfeiting four weight classes and starting every match down 24-0.
The Rockets started the day with a 64-13 loss to Kirtland Central. The Broncos used 4 forfeits and 5 pins to win in dominating fashion. The Rockets got wins from Mike Luiz at 138 who won a major decision 11-1, and from Jeremiah Esparza at 160 who controlled his match with a 4-1 decision.
The Rockets shook off that match with a 35-33 win over Socorro. The Rockets overcame the four forfeits to pull out the win.
The Rockets won every match from 120-160 with four of them ending in a pin. Damian Valdez (at 120), Luiz, and Esparza all had first period pins. Seth Diaz at 182 got a fall at 2:50 and Jeremiah Garcia and freshman Zach Buckmeister got decision wins.
In the final match of pool play, the Rockets were overwhelmed by Los Lunas losing 73-6. Luiz had the best match of the dual but fell in a close 3-2 decision.
“We definitely wrestled smarter today,” said coach Nick Archuleta. “We did have some good matches that were tough. Against Los Lunas, we had one tough match with our 160 – they bumped him up from 152. That was a good education for Esparza for sure. Overall, we need to work on some stuff like conditioning a little more and some technique. Just building blocks up until state.”
In the final match, the Rockets lost to West Las Vegas 39-30. Goddard got wins from Garcia, Esparza, Diaz, and Austin Langley – who recorded his fall in 53 seconds. Garcia recorded three takedowns to win 6-0 and Diaz got a quick pin in the first period. Esparza won an exhausting 5-4 three overtime match when his opponent was penalized for repeated stalling with only: 03 seconds remaining in the final overtime period.
The Rockets get two weeks off until traveling to Las Vegas, NM to participate in the Cardinal Classic.