Panthers dominate Scorps 69-12 in rivalry dual

Karl Schneider
kschneider@daily-times.com

FARMINGTON – The Piedra Vista wrestling team left no doubt that it is still the premier program in town, dominating crosstown foe Farmington 69-12 during a dual meet Thursday night at Scorpion Gym.

Piedra Vista's Hosman Caraveo, top, defeats Farmington's Aaron Newlon during a dual meet on Thursday at Scorpion Gym.

“It was good. We’re starting to come together, and the kids are starting to see their progress and believe in the process,” PV head coach Michael Bejar said. “This is when we want to start peaking, and heading into districts, I think it was a good statement for our guys.”

The Panthers won the first 12 matches of the night before Farmington’s Kameron Schrock (220) and Dante Norberto (285) earned a pair of pins.

Farmington head coach Jesus Mendoza said the 69-12 defeat was “unacceptable,” but the wins were big for Schrock and Norberto.

“Kameron Schrock had a good night when he pinned his opponent, and Dante Nortberto had a really big victory at the end,” Mendoza said. “They finished off the dual with a bang for us.”

Farmington's Dante Norberto celebrates after defeating Piedra Vista's Jared Terry in the 285-pound class during a dual meet  on Thursday at Scorpion Gym.

The match of the night went to PV’s Dominic Arellano and Farmington’s Francisco Anchondo at 113 pounds.

“Francisco really stepped up. He walked into the gym thinking he was going to wrestle JV, and he stepped into the varsity lineup,” Mendoza said. “He actually had his opponent on his back, but time expired (in the round), and they kept wrestling and he ended up losing the match, but he wrestled really well tonight.”

Bejar said during the match, Arellano showed good poise to avoid the fall.

“Dominic Arellano, he made some strides today,” Bejar said. “We’ve been working on some different situations and positions, and he worked hard and I was proud of him for fighting back and getting the fall. That was a really good win.”

Both PV and Farmington will be at the District 1-5A duals on Saturday in Gallup.

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