Julio Flores, a junior placed in his last match at 195 pounds. Flores was tied 2-2 and focused on giving his all since he knew he was going to state. Flores is overjoyed to be healthy and to make it to state this year.
“Now that he has placed,” Nick Archuleta said, “he has his eyes on the prize for next year. Now that he has placed, it will seed him a little higher for next year. I think he will place way higher next year.”
Archuleta has had a sixth-place finisher the past three years.
“That first match was crazy,” Julio Flores said. “It was tied in the middle of the match, during the match I was able to snap him down, but I wouldn’t get anything off of it. I knew I could snap him down, so with three seconds to go, I snapped him down and I got two points and held on and my toes were in the mat, and that’s how I won, 4-2.”
Flores felt the adrenaline running through his mind in the last period, and he didn’t think about being tired. His thought was on winning that medal and placing. Flores snapped him down and jumped around.
For Roswell’s Gabriel Garcia, perseverance pays off. For the last three years, he wrestled junior varsity. This was his first year at varsity in 5A, no less. Garcia was able to pin a Piedra Vista wrestler to place fourth at state. That wins gives Coyote coach, Jesse Boogs his 12th placer in four years.
“Today (Saturday), I told him (Garcia) to wrestle his style,” head coach Jesse Boggs said. “Go out there and be aggressive.”
Garcia showed determination as he lost in the semifinals to an Eldorado wrestler by one point. He lost to Manzano, and then came back and won against Rio Grand, Hobbs and Piedra Vista on Saturday.
“For him to come out with one year of varsity experience,” Boggs said, “and place fourth in 5A, says a lot about him. I think he loved competition and enjoyed the sport — that’s why he stuck with wrestling.”
Boggs said that Garcia’s name will go up on the wall at Roswell, in the wrestling room. Boggs feels the 5A class is the best place to be. Next season his team will be young, but more experienced.