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Wrestlers gain experience at recent tournament

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In this file photo, a Goddard Lady Rocket wrestler faces a Clovis Lady Wildcat wrestler during the Rio Hondo Invitational wrestling event earlier this season. The Lady Rockets were among the local teams competing at the Conflict at Cleveland. (David Rocha Photo)

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Both Goddard High School and Roswell High School athletes attended the two-day 2022 Conflict at Cleveland wrestling tournament in Rio Rancho.

This is a 32-athlete bracket, double-elimination tournament. It allows up to 16 male and 14 female wrestlers per team in the varsity division.

“None of the boys placed, but it was very educational,” Goddard wrestling coach Nick Archuleta said. “We know what we have to work on and what to look for moving forward.”

The Rockets boys team placed 25th in final team standings while the Lady Rockets placed 12th.

Archuleta was proud of his team’s effort during the tournament.

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“They all showed up and didn’t quit. The girls did amazing. Smart and tough wrestling,” Archuleta said. “Boys and girls need to improve/adjust some technique but other than that, they are super close to beating some top contenders.”

Roswell High Coyotes wrestling head coach Jesse Boggs said of the tournament, “This is a great mid-season adjustment because you are going to see guys that are state-placers. It’s a great tournament to see where your kids are at.”

Boggs said that he has a young team and they need to “go back to the drawing board and get to where they want to be.”

Roswell’s boys team placed 21st while the Lady Coyotes placed 18th in the girls’ division.

“For my younger guys, this might be the first time they’ve seen a guy who is state champion,” Boggs said. “Just watching wrestling in that sense, seeing all the different types and abilities is really helpful.”

Roswell High School boys and girls wrestling will be competing in the Clovis Dual on their home court Thursday, Jan. 13. After that, Goddard and Roswell High will be at the Sierra Blanca Invitational in Ruidoso on Saturday, Jan. 15.

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