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RHS Coyote wrestlers fall hard to Carlsbad

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Roswell High’s Gabriel Najar tries to force the shoulders of Carlsbad’s Mateo Messer to the mat. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

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The Roswell High Coyote wrestling squad wrestled aggressively and came away with a few wins, but ultimately fell to a much more seasoned Carlsbad team 57-21 in dual action at Roswell High Tuesday night.

The Coyotes took four of the weight classes, but were largely outmatched in most of them as the Cavemen, ranked 2nd in 6A, dominated in giving the hosts their first loss of the season (3-1).

“Carlsbad is where we want to be and that’s what we are shooting for,” stated Coach Jesse Boggs. “Truthfully, we are a young team with not many seniors or junior on it – there are a lot of first-timers out there. I’m proud of the team because they came out and fought. Some matches could have gone our way if we would have just hustled a little more, but, overall, I knew that was going to be a tough dual for us, but I’m glad we got some wins.”

The Coyotes got the dual started in a great way as freshman Jaymon Cherimko improved his record to 13-5 following a big win over Jesse Rodriguez. Cherimko got off to a big 8-0 lead and then managed a late fall at 5:26 to give the Coyotes some momentum.

Coach Boggs was really impressed with Cherimko. “If he keeps working hard, I think there is a good chance he can get on the podium at state. He’s improving. He’s a hard worker and that’s the key – you just have to be a grinder and if you grind, you’ll make it.”

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Unfortunately, the Cavemen ran off victories in the next eight matches – six by pin – to put the dual away with a 51-6 lead. One match that had the large crowd on its feet was at 132 where Nathaniel Sanchez lost an exciting 12-8 decision. Sanchez managed to lead 3-2 after the first period, but fell behind by nine until getting a reversal and nearly pinning his opponent in the final moments. Sanchez has a 6-9 record on the year.

“I was really impressed with him,” said Boggs of Sanchez. “He could have easily thrown in the towel in that match – especially when you get hurt – but he continued to persevere. I was real proud of him even though he didn’t win. He wrestled, and that’s what I ask of my guys…it doesn’t matter if you lose, but I care that you came to wrestle.”

Gabriel Najar stopped the bleeding with a dominant 4-0 win over Mateo Messer at 182. The senior grappler used an early takedown and a late near fall to secure the victory and move to 6-2 on the year.

“The nice thing about seniors is just fine tweaking,” stated Boggs of Najar’s error-free match. “That’s what him and Christian (Sanchez) are all about. Just fine tweaking the matches and getting them ready to roll come state.”

The final two Coyote victories came from their two biggest grapplers as both Christian Sanchez and Eddie Macias received forfeits to finish the dual. Sanchez, who won the prestigious Cleveland Tourney last weekend, remains undefeated at 15-0 while Macias is 4-3.

Roswell High travels to Bernalillo this Saturday for the Spartan Duals.

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