FARMINGTON — In its final warmup before the District 1-4A championship, the Piedra Vista wrestling team put together a dominant dual meet against Farmington High.
The Panthers won 12 of 14 matches, including nine by fall, on their way to a 69-7 victory on Thursday night at Scorpion Gym.
"The majority of our guys imposed their will," PV head coach Levi Stout said. "We had a plan and stuck to it. The guys wrestled tough, and we got what we came for."
PV's Dylan Greenhaus got the Panthers off to a strong start in the 106-pound match with the quickest fall of the night, taking 53 seconds to pin the Scorps' Jason Clark.
"I've been working a lot on my feet. At the beginning of the year, I didn't attack enough. I was very defensive," said Greenhaus, who was coming off a victory at Robertson High's Cardinal Classic in Las Vegas on Saturday. "I like attacking more, and I'm becoming a good all-around wrestler."
Dylan Puhuyaoma (113), Sam Sandoval (126), Hosman Caraveo (132), Ryan Rino (138), Anthony Juckes (145), Dillon Strunk (152), Zach Ahlgrim (220) and Tristan Dwinell (285) also pinned their FHS opponents.
"It shows how strong we are when we go as a team," Rino said. "We're all supportive of each other, and it shows how determined we are to reach the top of the podium again."
Farmington High picked up a pair a victories in the dual with Tierney Staley defeating Nick Varley 11-5 at 182-pounds and Cesar Haro earning a major decision 12-3 over Alberto Marquez at 195-pounds.
"They did a great job and stayed focused on what they were doing," FHS head coach Jesus Mendoza said of Staley and Haro. "We had a game plan and stuck with it."
Both teams will be off until Feb. 15 for the District 1-4A championship in Aztec.
For Piedra Vista, the match will serve as a warmup for the state meet, where they'll attempt to win their fourth straight championship.
"We just want to focus and get in the right mindset," Stout said. "The guys are preparing themselves for the big show."
FHS will try to fend off Aztec and Kirtland Central for second place, and Mendoza is looking to get as many wrestlers as possible qualified for the state meet.
"We're young and as we grow and mature, then things will get better," Mendoza said. "Our goal from day one has been to qualify 10 or more and take them to state and we're focused on a top two finish (in district)."
Bloomfield 58, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 24
The Bobcats put together a strong performance in their final match ahead of district by dominating Pagosa Springs, Colo., on Thursday.
"It was a nice team effort," Bloomfield head coach Greg Shoemaker said. "We were very aggressive. The seniors looked good, and our captains came out strong."
Bloomfield won't compete again until Feb. 14 at the District 1-3A championship in Shiprock.
Shoemaker said he expects a battle, and the team's goal is to get all 14 wrestlers qualified for state.
"We just need to keep coming," he said. "We'll tweak a couple of things, but I think we'll have a good shot there. We'll all be gunning for each other."Joshua Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4577. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.