FARMINGTON — Piedra Vista picked up another team title, but it wasn't without a few bumps in the road.
After seven Panthers qualified for the finals at the Robertson Invite on Saturday in Las Vegas, only Dylan Greenhaus at 106 pounds came out with the individual title.
"It almost seemed like a dual where it was team New Mexico versus PV. We ran into some tough kids and just lost momentum," said Panthers' head coach Levi Stout.
Greenhaus got the Panthers off to a great start with an overtime victory against Santa Fe in the finals.
"He's been on a hot streak, and I'm looking for him to be a possible state champion," Stout said of Greenhaus.
After that win though, PV lost six straight title matches.
Sam Sandoval (126), Ryan Rino (138), Anthony Juckes (145), Dillon Strunk (152), Wyatt Weaver (160) and Zach Ahlgrim (220) each made the finals, but they all finished the tournament in second.
"We got our nose rubbed to the mat a little bit," Stout said. "They need to know that we're good as a team, but not the best at every weight. This will be good for us."
The Panthers still dominated as a team, finishing with 411.5 points, well ahead of second-place Belen, who had 302 points.
"These guys came together," Stout said. "After all those losses, they weren't off pouting somewhere. They were there for each."
Aztec finished the meet in eighth with a team score of 163.5. Farmington placed 12th with 118 points, and Kirtland Central ended up in 20th with a team score of 69.
Piedra Vista and Farmington will be in action again on Thursday in a dual meet at FHS.
"It's the only dual meet we've had all year outside of dual tournaments, so it's super important," Stout said. "All of their guys scrap, and we want to reignite that crosstown rivalry. My hats off to coach (Jesus) Mendoza for letting it happen this year."
Bloomfield victorious in Ignacio
The Bobcats placed four wrestlers on the top of the podium at the Butch Melton Invite on Saturday in Ignacio, Colo.
Paul Jaramillo (195), Troy Rightmire (145), JD Robinson (160) and Alex Portillo (152) each won their respective weight classes to lead Bloomfield to a team title ahead of the Piedra Vista junior varsity and Igancio High.
Bobcats' head coach Greg Shoemaker said it was a complete team effort that allowed Bloomfield to come out of the tournament with the victory.
"We had everybody but one kid who got hurt place in the top four," Shoemaker said.
Bloomfield will face Aztec and Pagosa Springs, Colo., in dual meets next week before preparing for the district tournament on Feb. 15 in Shiprock.
"We just have to keep improving," Shoemaker said.