The Piedra Vista wrestlers continue to build momentum toward a third straight title as they fought back to capture first place at the Round Valley tournament.

PV finished with 214.5 points to finish ahead of St. John's, Ariz., second place total of 186.5, to claim the title of the meet Saturday in Springerville, Ariz.

The Panthers dropped their dual match to St. John's 38-32 on Friday, but head coach Levi Stout was proud of the way his guys overcame the Redskins on day two.

"We fought back from adversity, and that's what I'm most impressed with," Stout said. "We got a great look at St. John's, and hopefully we can implement some of the stuff that was successful with against us."

PV dominated the lower weight classes with Sam Sandoval (106 lbs.), Phillip Archuleta (113 lbs.), Jacob Palmgren (120 lbs.) and Anthony Juckes (132 lbs.) claiming first place in their respective divisions.

Palmgren was awarded the outstanding wrestler after beating the Arizona 3A state runner-up from Round Valley, Ariz.

Zach Ahlgrim won the 195-lbs. title, and Christian Acosta emerged victorious at 220-lbs. weight class for PV.

Overall, Stout was satisfied with his team's progress at the event.

"We were pretty successful," he said. "After we left two guys home for disciplinary reason, two JV kids stepped up, and our heavyweight really impressed me today."

PV's Kason Wilkinson lost his match against St. John's Friday via fall, but responded Saturday by pinning the Redskin wrestler on his way to finishing in third place in the 285-lbs.


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John Ellsaesser finished in second place at 182 lbs., while Wyatt Hardy placed third at 160 lbs. for the Panthers.

Next up, PV will be at the Pagosa Springs, Colo., while the junior varsity will compete at the Kirtland Central Invite.

"We're right on pace for where we want to be," Stout said. "Our morning practices will be tougher and tougher. We're hitting the hardest part of our schedule. January is a grind, but if we keep working, we'll peak at the right time."

Farmington High finished in ninth place at the Don Owens Invite in Carlsbad on Saturday.

"We didn't take a lot of experience, so that's about where we expected to finish," said FHS assistant coach Jay Boushee. "Everybody put out a good effort and to be able to wrestle teams like Cleveland Los Lunas and St. Mike's is great for us."

The Scorps had two top-four finishers with Cobey Hamblin placing third at 113 lbs., and Tierney Staley finishing in fourth at 152 lbs.

Cleveland won the meet followed by Atrisco Heritage in second, St. Michael's in third and Los Lunas in fourth place.

Girls Basketball

Aztec 59, Wingate 55

The Lady Tigers pulled out their third win in two days, defeating Wingate in the third-place game of the Lady Tiger Rumble in the Jungle.

"We were up by 12 or 13 points, and they made a run to take a one-point lead with a minute left," said Aztec head coach Ben Tensay. "We've been in these games all year. Our kids are learning to handle that pressure. Their basketball IQ is getting better, and the guards did a great job pushing the ball for us."

Tyra Gabehart scored 16 points to lead the Lady Tigers, and Kassia Barber chipped in 15 more.

Aztec (8-8) didn't lose a game at the event, but finished behind Bayfield, Colo., and Artesia based on point differential to miss out on the title game.

The Lady Tigers will be in action next on Tuesday against Bloomfield.

Gallup 68, Kirtland Central 45

The Lady Broncos were unable to get their offense going as the No. 2 Bengals pulled out a big win Saturday night in Gallup.

"The girls played hard, but we struggled from the free-throw line and on the boards," said Kirtland head coach Kevin Holman. "We played with them for awhile, but just couldn't knock down shots, and they pulled away."

The Lady Broncos (2-8) will continue their season on Tuesday with a road game against Durango, Colo.