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Roswell defeats Goddard on the mat

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Roswell’s Travis Alarcon takes on Goddard Austin Langley in the 152-pound weight class. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

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In a wrestling match that needs no more motivation than for it to be cross-town rivals: Roswell and Goddard went at it again before the end of the year. Both teams laced up their wrestling boots for Roswell, second-year coach Jesse Boggs and Goddard’s first-year coach Nick Archuleta. Both teams wrestled eachother intensly as Roswell defeated Goddard, 42-33, at Roswell on Tuesday night.

“Honestly, I didn’t think we were going to do as well as we did today,” Archuleta said. “We pulled together a good team and we got closer to them in scoring than I thought. A couple of guys won today and that surprised me. They showed up to wrestle today.”

Boggs is pumped up that his Coyotes defeated the Rockets for the first time ever in a dual match.

“It was a good scrappy duel,” Boggs said. “I knew that Goddard was going to show up and they did. It really came down to our bigger weights and our seniors going out and getting wins for us.”

In January, when Roswell comes back from break, Boggs will divide his team up and send the junior varsity to a tournament in Sara Blanco, and his varsity will go to a tournament in Cleveland, New Mexico. At that tournament he expects his team to get better with stiffer competition. Roswell will compete against 20 different teams from Texas, Arizona, and Colorado.

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“I expected us to come out on top tonight,” Boggs said. “I wasn’t sure how the night was going to go, but we had some matches that could have gone our way that didn’t, but overall I’m proud of my team.”

The differences between this year and Boggs’ first season is the Coyotes are picking up the little things, like getting bonus points, which means they pin their opponent. And to get extra points as a team. If the Coyotes can do that they will have a chance to score higher in state meets.

Gabriel Najar and Christian Sanchez have surprised coach Boggs this season. Both have come back with an intensity and work ethic in the wrestling room. Najar was state runner-up last season at 182 pounds. Sanchez wrestles at 220 pounds, is a returning state champion. Both are football players.

Goddard has five seniors this season, other than that they will be a young team with freshman and sophomores.

“It is some big shoes to fill,” Archuleta said. “Coach (Jamie) Martinez is hard to replace. I just want to continue his legacy.”

Goddard will travel to Carlsbad and wrestle on Thursday.

Roswell will compete in the Cleveland Storm Invitational on Jan.5.

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