Bobcats edge Aztec for Bloomfield Invite crown

Karl Schneider
Bloomfield's Jonathan Begaii, left, wrestles Aztec's Josh Snow on Friday during the Bloomfield Invitational at Bobcat Gym in Bloomfield.

FARMINGTON – The Bloomfield wrestling team edged Aztec to win its home invitational meet Friday at Bobcat Gym in Bloomfield.

The Bobcats finished with a score of 257.5, besting Aztec’s 252.0 points. Kirtland Central finished third with 231.5 points.

“We had a good day. It was kind of a battle between us and Aztec and Kirtland (Central) the whole day,” Bloomfield head coach Greg Shoemaker said. “I was really pleased. The kids wrestled well and made it happen.”

Along with winning their home tournament, two Bobcats took home two of the three outstanding wrestler awards. Bloomfield’s Corbin Nelson (132) and JD Robinson (182), and Miyamura’s Alias Startovich (152) won the outstanding wrestler awards.

Along with Nelson and Robinson, Bloomfield’s Christian Robinson (113) and Angel Rivera (195) also won their bracket.

Aztec’s Josiah Griego (106), Cody Candelaria (120), Austin Littlefield (145) and Dylan Sutherland (220) all finished the day 4-0 to win their weight classes.

“As a whole, we felt really good about it,” Aztec head coach Monte Maxwell said. “We were missing three boys and had to wrestle a couple kids out of their weight class, but they did well with it. They all wrestled really tough.”

Kirtland Central finished with three champs. Aidan Cockrell (138), Kyle Jim (160) and Kody Nelson (170) all won their brackets for the Broncos.

Kirtland Central's Kyle Jim, left, takes on Gallup's John Gutierrez on Friday during the Bloomfield Invitational at Bobcat Gym in Bloomfield.

“We did really well. We got five guys into the finals and won three of those weights,” KC head coach JJ Sandoval said. “We’re definitely getting better, and it’s been a good start to the season, and we need to keep doing what we’re doing so we can reach that goal of bringing home a state trophy.”

KC and Bloomfield will be at Piedra Vista’s Panther Classic next weekend.

Aztec will head to St. George, Utah, for a two-day tournament next weekend.

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.