Aztec edges Bloomfield 41-33 in wrestling dual

Karl Schneider
Aztec's Josiah Griego wrestles Bloomfield's Gerald Wiza on Tuesday during the 106-pound wrestling match at Bobcat Gym in Bloomfield.

FARMINGTON — After a rough weekend tournament in Las Vegas, N.M., the Aztec wresting team bounced back and edged Bloomfield 41-33 in a dual between the long-time rivals on Tuesday night at Bobcat Gym in Bloomfield.

“It was good to see the kids rebound after last Saturday and come out and show what they can do. It was a nice positive,” Aztec head coach Monte Maxwell said. “It was a great team effort. The kids really came out and wrestled well.”

Maxwell said junior Trenton Tom held on late in the third period of his match to pick up an individual win and help secure the victory for the Tigers.

Bloomfield head coach Greg Shoemaker said the Bobcats wrestled well and he saw several improvements from his team, but the Tigers simply had a better night.

“Aztec has a really good team. They had a better night than we did,” Shoemaker said. “They earned it and wrestled well. I think they are going to do very well in their district.”

Shoemaker said Levi Whitley, Avery Scott, Corbin Nelson and Manny DeHerrera stood out with good performances for Bloomfield.

The Bobcats suffered a blow in the final match of the night when senior Lorenzo LaMere went down with a knee injury. Shoemaker said he is waiting to hear more about the extent of the injury.

Aztec will next compete at the District 1-5A duals in Gallup on Saturday.

“We need to keep improving,” Maxwell said. “Right now, it’s all about getting better and moving toward state.”

Bloomfield will wrestle at the District 1-4A duals in Kirtland on Friday.

“We're refocusing and getting set for Kirtland (Central). They have a really good team, and Shiprock has some good kids,” Shoemaker said. “Newcomb and Wingate will be there, too, and it’s going to be interesting to see how it all comes out.”

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