AZTEC — The Piedra Vista wrestling team put on a clinic in its final test before the 4A State Championship.
The Panthers claimed 12 of 14 individual titles to win the District 1-4A championship with a team score of 252.5 on Saturday at Lillywhite Gymnasium in Aztec.
"I think we're peaking," PV head coach Levi Stout said. "We had an excellent week of practice. Everyone did awesome, and we're hitting on all cylinders now."
Six PV wrestlers, Dylan Greenhaus (106), Wes Rayburn (113), Jacob Palmgren (132), Aaron Rino (170), Zach Ahlgrim (220) and Tristan Dwinell (285) earned championships via fall in their final matches.
"It feels good to win," Dwinell said. "I'm just going to keep working, and I'd like to place next week in my first year on varsity."
Palmgren and Rino returned to the Panthers this meet after missing time due to injury.
Stout's team is as close to full strength as it's been all season, and he believes they'll be ready to compete next week.
"Jacob and Aaron Rino both came off injuries and were quick and effective," Stout said. "Things were working for them."
Wyatt Weaver defeated Marcus Crawford by technical fall 22-7 in the 160-pound title match for Piedra Vista, while Philip Archuleta (120), Sam Sandoval (126), Ryan Rino (132), Anthony Juckes (145) and Dillon Struck (152) each won titles for the Panthers via decision.
Farmington High claimed the other two individual titles with Cesar Haro pinning PV's Nick Varley at 195 pounds, and Tierney Staley defeating PV's Alberto Marquez with a 10-4 decision at 182 pounds.
"We'll do good. We call ourselves the dynamic duo," Haro said of him and Staley. "We practice and train together. It's just a matter of determination. We'll be ready to get after it."
The Panthers will send all 14 varsity wrestlers to the state championship in an attempt to capture the team's fourth-straight team title.
"It's going to be tough. We'll come out and try to score a lot of bonus points early and wrestle as a team," Stout said. "Of course, we're not going to have 12 guys in the finals. It'd be nice, but it's not reality. If we can get five or six, then that would be an excellent weekend."
Aztec finished second as a team behind PV with 135 points.
Six Tiger wrestlers placed second at the meet, and a total of 13 qualified for a spot at state.
"There are a few (matches) we would have liked to go a different way, but as a team, that's where we expected to finish this year," Aztec head coach Monte Maxwell said. "We'll get our 13 ready for next weekend and see how we do."
The Scorpions finished third with 108 points and will send nine wrestlers to state, while Kirtland Central ended the meet in fourth with 67 points. Six Broncos earned a placed in the state bracket by placing in the top three.
All four teams will compete next on Friday and Saturday at the 4A State Championship meet at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.Joshua Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4577. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.