The Roswell High wrestling team celebrated senior night in fine fashion as they overcame three forfeits to down visiting 6A Hobbs 40-33 inside the Coyote Den. The Coyotes got dominating wins from the three seniors that wrestled while using four pins and two tech falls in total to move their record to 7-2 on the season.
“We did really well,” stated coach Jesse Boggs. “I think the kids showed up. I knew it was going to be a good match in terms of some good, tight matches…so, we performed well. The guys that needed to go out and get pins did and you can’t ask for more than kids getting bonus points when you ask them to.”
The Coyotes got off to nice start as they won all of the contested matches from 106 to 138 to rack up a big 23-6 lead.
At 113, Jaymon Cherinko moved to 17-8 on the season after he controlled his bout getting the pin at 3:25.
Michael Garcia was moved up from 120 to the 126 slot and the moved paid off as Garcia used a quick second period reversal to break a 0-0 deadlock and gain the fall.
Nathaniel Sanchez at 132 saw a 0-0 tie after the initial period completely balloon into a tech fall as he used five second period nearfalls – four from a cradle – to go up 14-0. Sanchez gained one final nearfall early in the final period for the 16-0 win.
Following a forfeit win by Kayden Graham, freshman Miguel Vriostegui had arguably the most entertaining match of the evening at 145 against DeAndre Smith. He used to perfect blast doubles to gain a 5-4 lead in the second period and then withstood an illegal blow to the head to stay in the match throughout the final stanza. Smith scored a late nearfall to win 11-7.
“I was real proud of Miguel Vriostegui,” said Boggs. “He’s a freshman, and, if he keeps wrestling like that, by the time he gets to be a senior, he’s going to be a force to reckon with. I’m real excited to see him progress and become a great wrestler for us.”
The Eagles (3-9) would cut the lead to 23-21 following the 152 and 160 weight classes, but senior JoeAngel Samora restored order with a quick pin at 172. Fellow senior Gabe Najar moved his record to 14-2 with a dominating 16-1 at 182, and the final senior Christian Sanchez had, as Coach Boggs described, a “huge win” as he pinned Michael Honigmann with :05 seconds left in the opening period.
Coach Boggs had high praise for his seniors all coming through in nice fashion. “It’s nice when you have a senior class that you can depend on. And, all of those guys, JoeAngel Samora is a guy that has fought hard to be put into this position (the varsity lineup) and once he has gotten there and he has kept it. He has gone out there and got wins for us.”
Sanchez’ pin moved his record to a still unblemished 22-0 and sealed the win over the Eagles. Honigmann had entered the match with a 16-5 record which included a nice placing at the prestigious Joe Vivian Classic, but Sanchez secured a single leg takedown right to his back to pick up the win.
The Coyotes’ next match will be in the grueling 2-day 32-team Cardinal Classic at Robertson High beginning Friday morning.