Tigers take down all five foes in district team championships Saturday at Bloomfield. Matt Hollinshead/The Daily Times
Two of San Juan County’s toughest young athletes are on the brink of state glory after outlasting their competition on the wrestling mat today.
Aztec’s Bella Wells (106) and Shiprock’s Princess Athsisi (160) will compete for state titles in their respective weight classes on Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.
Wells took down Las Cruces’ Lindsay Salter in 3 minutes, 15 seconds, as well as Taos’ Analise Duran in 2:34 to reach the finals. Athsisi beat Gallup’s Alex Juan via 4-3 decision and Mayfield’s Letizia Pereyra in 4:56 to reach the championship.
Wells will face Sandia’s Tiana Ring for the 106-pound championship, while Athsisi will take on Miyamura’s Nancy Rodriguez for the 160-pound title.
This is the first-ever girls state wrestling tournament in New Mexico. The championship matches start at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Four PV wrestlers reach 6A semifinals
Steven Torres (132), Wes Rayburn (138), Nick Rino (145) and Jesus Espino (182) are two steps closer to winning blue trophies.
Rayburn and Rino are a combined 77-0 this season and both eye fourth consecutive state titles.
Rayburn will face Albuquerque's Javier Pavia, and Rino will take on Cleveland's Joseph Otero.
Torres will face Rio Grande's Alejandro Gutierrez, while Espino will take on Manzano's David Chavarria.
The 6A semis begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.
District 1-5A also opens strong
Saturday's 5A semifinals matchups will include Farmington's Traedan Allison and Aztec's Bode Wooley going at it in the 145-pound division.
Other semifinal-bound wrestlers include Aztec's Josiah Griego (120), Christian Robison (126), Zane Chapman (138) and Hunter Medina (160), as well as Farmington's Cirrail Allison (152) and Zackary Small (170).
The 5A semis start at 9 a.m. Saturday.