Caraveo, Quintana earn key points for PV with comeback wins
FARMINGTON – Piedra Vista's senior wrestlers put on a show in front of the home fans on senior night on Friday by clipping Monticello, Utah, 41-22 at the Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse in Farmington.
A pair of come-from-behind victories from Hosman Caraveo (145 pounds) and Sergio Quintana (160) sparked the Panthers. PV coach Michael Bejar said he thought PV's experience this season in tough, close matches is starting to pay off.
"We've wrestled some tough kids out of state and lost by 1 or 2 points, and that's really toughened us up," he said. "That's what we're preaching to the kids is wrestling all six minutes and believing in yourself. And that's what Hosman and Sergio did for us."
Seven other Panther wrestlers had their hands raised in victory on Friday: Diego Sanchez (106), Dominic Arellano (113), Dylan Greenhaus (120), Wes Rayburn (138), Jesus Espino (170), Haden Cox (182) and Alberto Marquez (220).
Bejar said Rayburn wrestled hard, just as he has all year.
"Wes is just a workhorse, he's a constant for us," he said. "He does it so quietly that sometimes you kind of just expect it. He's just the guy that's gonna go in there and get the job done and get the team rolling."
The Panthers have competed out of state three times already this season, so they've encountered a lot of different styles. Bejar said his team was prepared for Monticello because of that.
"I think today was a big step forward in that thought process we have, which is using those big matches we've been in this year to our advantage now that we're back home," he said. "It was definitely a good win in front of our home crowd."
PV will get a good look at its Class 5A competition on Friday when the Panthers head to Las Vegas, N.M., to wrestle in the Cardinal Classic.
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.