The Panthers dominated the Bobcats 68-6 in the final home dual-meet for PV.
The only match the PV dropped was at 138 pounds, where Bloomfield’s JD Robinson was able to pin PV’s Levi Savage one minute and 34 seconds into the second round.
“I take every match very seriously and go 110 percent every time,” Robinson said. “I do what my coaches tell me to do and come with it every time.”
Bloomfield was able to compete in only a few matches against 4A’s top-ranked team.
“We just need to start working harder in the room as a team,” Robinson said. “We have a lot of individuals. Everybody needs to start working as a team.”
The dual-meet began with a rematch of a junior high basing championship match between PV’s Luis Solis and Bloomfield’s Avery Scott.
The two hooked up in the 126-pound weight class, with Solis earning a 3-0 decision.
“Solis got the momentum going for us early with that win,” said PV head coach Levi Stout.
Fans were then treated to what could be the final match between rivals Troy Rightmire of Bloomfield and two-time state champion Anthony Juckes of PV.
Juckes came out with more energy than he usually does in the first round, attacking Rightmire and slamming him to the mat.
While holding Rightmire in a cradle, Juckes even looked up at the
Bloomfield fans in attendance, giving them a thumbs up.
Juckes led 7-2 after two rounds before eventually pinning Rightmire in the third.
“Juckes was up for that match. They have had close ones in the past, and this was probably the last time they will wrestle each other because Juckes will be at 150 or 160 next year,” Stout said.
The closest match of the night came at 145 pounds, with Bloomfield’s Alex Portillo pushing Wyatt Weaver into an overtime period with one point on the scoreboard for each boy.
Weaver secured a takedown 22 seconds into overtime to earn a win.
Wyatt Hardy (160) earned a quick pin for PV to start a streak of three consecutive pin wins.
Joseph Kerr earned his quickly at 170 pounds before former Bloomfield wrestler turned PV transfer John Ellsaesser earned a win against his former team with a pin against Bloomfield’s Jerome Abeyta in the 182-pound division.
“That was great for John. It was neat to see the stuff we have taught him work,” Stout said. “He is finally starting to trust it and believe in it.”
Zach Ahlgrim (195) secured a 12-6 decision win against Paul Jaramillo before Christian Acosta (220) pinned Bloomfield’s Orin Kennedy in the second round.
“That is a good win for (Acosta). Anytime you beat a guy who was a state runner-up for you, it is a good win,” Stout said.
Kason Wilkinson also earned a pin in the heavyweight division against Bloomfield’s Lorenzo LaMere.
In the 106-pound division, PV was down to its third-string man, but Matt Strange had no problem beating Levi Whittey 18-2 for a technical fall.
“Our junior varsity guys have improved all year. It is easy to fall back on those guys when you need to,” Stout said. “We have renamed that JV group ‘Varsity-Silver’ because they are winning varsity tournaments. I think those guys could be top 10 in the state.”
Philip Archuleta (113) earned a pin victory before Jacob Palmgren (120) concluded the night with an easy pin victory against Bloomfield’s Donny Trujillo.
PV is heading to Garden City, Kan., Thursday to see some national competition.
“It is going to be a lot of travel and hard wrestling with midwest boys,” Stout said. “We will see how it works out. It is our last true test before district and state, and hopefully we come out of it with some wins.”