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Coyote wrestling squad takes 2nd at district

Goddard’s Michael Luiz has the half-nelson secured in his match against Chaparral. Luiz would get the fall and finish the day with a 4-1 record. (Submitted Photo)

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ALAMOGORDO — The Roswell High Coyote wrestling team continued to roll as they took runner-up honors at the District 3/4 – 5A Dual Tourney inside the Tiger Pit at Alamogordo High School on Saturday. The Coyotes trounced four of their district opponents but ran into a seasoned Deming squad and came up short in their bid for the district title.

The Coyotes opened with a 66-18 win over Santa Teresa followed by a 53-27 win over the host Tiger squad, then got a quick 56-15 victory over Chaparral before their lone loss to Deming. They finished up the tourney with a win over Goddard 52-18.

In the process, four Coyote grapplers finished a perfect 5-0 on the day. Travis Alarcon at 145, Gabe Najar at 182, Christian Sanchez at 220, and Edie Macias at 285 all finished a perfect day and set them up for probable individual district titles this coming Saturday.

In addition to the undefeated wrestlers, four finished with a lone loss – Jaymon Cherinko at 113, Nathaniel Sanchez at 132, JoeAngel Samora at 170, and Matthew Martinez at 195.

In the opening dual against the Desert Warriors, the Coyotes were aided by six forfeits and won five of the six contested matches – all by pin. Alarcon, Najar, Cherinko, Samora, and Sanchez recorded the falls with Alarcon’s and Sanchez’ being in the first period.

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Against the host Tigers, the Coyotes won six of the nine contested matches recording five pins and one technical fall. Alarcon, Najar, Sanchez, and Macias all recorded first period falls with Sanchez’ lasting :18 seconds.

At 120, Michael Garcia was down 6-1 entering the final period, but managed to pin his opponent for a big momentum turn for the Coyotes.

In the dual with the Lobos, the Coyotes got four pins – one from Macias in only :20 seconds – and a technical fall by Alarcon to roll to the win. Martinez ran up a big 9-2 lead before getting the fall in the third period and Cherinko rode tough the entire 2nd period and got a late near fall to win 7-2.

The dual against Deming ended up deciding the district champ as the Wildcats had rolled over their three opponents as well.

The Coyotes biggest win came at heavyweight where Macias pulled out a 4-1 win over returning state placer Isaac Acosta. The first period ended in a 0-0 draw and then, after both grapplers were penalized a point for illegal holds, Macias goa a third period escape and takedown to secure the win.

The final match with the Rockets was somewhat anti-climatic as the district title was secured by the Wildcats and the Rockets were shorthanded.

In the six contest matches, each side won three. Alarcon wrapped up his perfect day with a 12-2 major decision while Najar and Samora got pins. For the Rockets, Michael Luiz won 5-0, Austin Langley got a 7-1 decision, and Damian Valdez ended the dual with a dominating 19-5 major decision.

The Coyotes have some grapplers with excellent chances of finishing high in district with some gaudy records. Sanchez is still undefeated at 29-0, Najar is 22-2, and Cherinko is 21-11.

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The Rockets took a skeleton crew to the duals with only seven wrestlers. With the forfeiting of seven matches and starting most duals down 42-0, it would be a tough task to win any duals. The Rockets did manage to win one – a 30-24 decision over Santa Teresa.

The Rockets would lose to Alamogordo 45-24, Chaparral 39-30, Deming 60-9, and to the Coyotes at the end of the tourney.

“Well, we did win one dual,” mused coach Nick Archuleta. “We did have some pretty good matches. Mikey (Luiz) really came out today. He’s going to be one of our high potential placers (at state). Esparza did real good, just losing to one kid by one point, but he’ll come back and beat him this next week I think. We should have some state qualifiers for sure.”

The best performances were turned in by Jeremiah Esparza at 160 and Michael Luiz at 138 as both went 4-1 losing close decisions to their Deming opponents.

In the opener with the host Tigers, the Rockets would three of the six contested matches as Luiz and Esparza would record first period pins and Jeremiah Garcia at 145 a second period pin. Garcia would fight off his back in the second period and secure the pin despite being down 6-4 at the time.

Against Chaparral, again Luiz and Esparza would get pins as the Lobos would benefit from five Rocket forfeits.

In the loss to the Wildcats, the lone win would be recorded by Garcia who grinded out a tough 6-3 win. Esparza lost a tight 3-2 decision while Luiz gave up two early near falls to lose 8-4.

In the Rockets victory over the Desert Warriors, there were only five matches wrestled and Goddard won four of them – two in very close fashion. Garcia would get a takedown at the buzzer to win 6-5 while freshman Fernando Rubio would use a third period escape and takedown to squeak out a 5-3 decision at 170.

Esparza and fellow senior Langley would get pins to wrap up the dual win.

Both the Rockets and Coyotes now prepare for the individual district tourney to be hosted by Roswell High on Saturday. The top four finishers will get a berth into the state tourney the following weekend.

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