Farmington, PV get off to strong starts
FARMINGTON – The Kirtland Central wrestling team opened the season in impressive fashion Saturday by placing first at the Dual in the Dunes meet in Gallup.
KC wrestled four duals and won all of them. The Broncos were in a pool with Bloomfield, which took third, as well as Miyamura and Grants. Gallup, Wingate, Newcomb and Miyamura’s junior varsity team competed in the other pool.
First, the Broncos beat Miyamura 51-27 before edging Bloomfield 47-32. They then got by Grants 54-22 to get to the finals, where they destroyed Gallup 75-6.
KC coach JJ Sandoval said his boys wrestled in a very difficult pool.
“The four best teams were in our pool, which was fine with me because I knew we were going to see good wrestling competition all day,” Sandoval said. “Grants has some really good guys. I was OK with our pool.”
Kyle Jim, Berry Tom, Luke West and Cody Manuelito all went 4-0 for Kirtland. Four others went 3-1.
The Bobcats had a good showing on Saturday, taking third place out of the eight teams. Bloomfield first beat Grants 48-34, then tied Miyamura 37-37, but won on criteria. The Bobcats defeated the Miyamura JV for third place, 48-36.
Bloomfield coach Greg Shoemaker had several wrestlers go undefeated, including JD Robinson, Levi Whitley, Angel Rivera and Corbin Nelson.
KC and Bloomfield will both compete in the Bloomfield Invitational Thursday morning.
Scorpions go 3-2 in Los Lunas
Farmington got its season started with victories in three of its five duals at the Tom Torres Tigers Duals hosted by Los Lunas Saturday.
“It went really well. It was a good start to the season for us,” Farmington head coach Jesus Mendoza said.
The Scorps picked up wins over Bernalillo, Los Alamos and Española Valley. Farmington lost to Los Lunas and Del Norte.
Traedan Allison, Kameron Schrock and Dante Norberto all went undefeated on the day.
“Everyone wrestled tough and aggressive for us today,” Mendoza said. “That’s something we’ve been working on, wrestling more aggressive.”
Mendoza said the Scorps will need to carry with them the momentum their good performance Saturday.
“We have to stay mentally tough. Physically, we’ll get there, we just stay mentally tough and mentally sound. It’s just the start of the season, and the kids are trying different things, and we’ll get everything figured out.”
Farmington will be back on the mats Saturday, travelling to Dove Creek, Colo., for the Dawg Fight Wrestling Tournament.
Panthers second at Utah meet
Piedra Vista finished second at the Moab Invitational in Moab, Utah.
The Panthers finished the two-day meet with 148 points, 4 shy of champion Norwood, Colo.
“For the most part we did well starting off,” PV head coach Michael Bejar said. “It was a good gauge to see where we’re at, and we have a lot to work on. Proud of how they adjusted form match to match. We need more of that predator mentality, and we need to be more consistent.”
Four PV wrestlers — Diego Sanchez-Morales (106), Dylan Greenhaus (120), Wes Rayburn (138) and Nick Rino (145) — won their division.
Rino was also named outstanding wrestler at the tournament.
The Panthers will go to the Las Cruces tournament on Friday and Saturday.
“Our conditioning needs to be better, and we need to get mentally tougher,” Bejar said. “We need to work on the little things that we saw out there, stay physical and we’ll see what happens in Las Cruces. It will be a good one.”
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.