FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista wrestling team remained unbeaten in the state of New Mexico on Saturday.
The Panthers won Moriarty's Pinto Duals by winning a pool that included Los Lunas and then a championship dual with Belen. Both Belen and Los Lunas are slated to be some of PV's toughest competition at the Class 4A state tournament in late February.
"It was a really good day for us. Guys had some big matches, and a lot of guys stepped up huge," said PV head coach Levi Stout.
The Panthers breezed through the tournament, despite being without six regular varsity wrestlers in the lineup. PV beat Belen 43-20 in the final dual, and they took down Los Lunas 43-16 in their pool.
Dylan Greenhaus (106), Dylan Puhuyaoma (113), Philip Archileta (120), Dillon Strunk (145) and Zach Ahlgrim (220) were named to the all-tournament team.
"Those guys all had some big matches. Greenhaus and Taylor Atencio both beat the Los Lunas 106-pound guy, and he is one of the top guys at 106," Stout said. "It was nice getting two wins against him, and Nick Rino beat a state placer from Los Lunas that (Anthony) Juckes had in the semifinals last year. It was great."
Stout said Sam Sandoval went up to 126 pounds and looked great on Saturday. Defending state champions Jacob Palmgren and Anthony Juckes were out of action with injuries on Saturday.
The PV junior varsity team did well enough to take fifth place, and Stout was impressed with the JV's 54-18 win against Robertson.
PV will head to Colorado next weekend to wrestle in a big tournament in Alamosa.
Farmington takes 7th at Al Salazar Memorial Tournament
The Farmington Scorpions saw positive results in a two-day tournament in Santa Fe.
The Scorpions placed seventh out of 21 teams at the Al Salazar Memorial Tournament. Cobey Hamblin (120) and Tierney Staley (182) both took first place in their respective weight classes. Freshman Francisco Alvarez placed second at 132 pounds.
"We did really well, and our team wrestled tough. We are improving quite a bit," said Farmington head coach Jesus Mendoza. "It was nice to have three placers."
Staley was wrestling in his first meet of the season after coming off the football season.
"For Tierney to win his first tournament of the season is remarkable. He did so well and has a bright year ahead of him," Mendoza said of the senior.
Mendoza was also impressed by 220-pound wrestler DeAngelo Phillips.
Capital took first place in the tournament. Shiprock took 14th.
Shiprock assistant coach Sean Hayes said Raygen Charley, Harlon Ross, Micah Devore and Quadry Smith all performed well for the Chieftains.
Bloomfield 4th, Aztec 8th in Pagosa Springs
Two teams had mixed results at the Rocky Mountain Wrestling Tournament in Colorado on Saturday.
Bloomfield took fourth place while placing eight boys in the top six. Aztec placed eighth while placing six boys on the podium.
"It was not a good day for the Tigers," said Aztec coach Monte Maxwell. "There were a lot of positives, but we saw a lot of things we need to start really working on."
Justin Slavey was Aztec's top-placer. He took fourth at 285 pounds.
"He continues to impress us as a first-year wrestler," Maxwell said of Slavey.
Justis Francisco placed fifth at 170 pounds for Aztec, and Josh Snow (138), Ethan Reimers (160), Orien Israel (182) and Delvin Begaye (220) all took sixth for the Tigers.
Bloomfield was led by second-place finishes from Tory Rightmire (145) and JD Robinson (160). Alex Portillo also took third at 152 pounds.
Placing fourth for the Bobcats was Jacob Spencer (138), Paul Jaramillo (195) and David DeHerrera (220). Avery Scott (145) and Corbin Belson (106) both placed sixth.John Livingston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.