FARMINGTON — The Farmington wrestling team can cross one goal off its list this season after the Scorps won the title at the Dawg Fight Wrestling Tournament today in Dove Creek, Colo.
The Scorps dominated the day, earning 161 points to win the tournament. The next closest team was Bayfield, Colo., with 108 points.
“Things went our way finally. We achieved one of our goals this week,” Farmington coach Jesus Mendoza said. “The guys stayed focused on what our objective was, and that was to win the tournament. We’ve been close in the past, placing second or third, and it was a major goal of ours to win the tournament.”
Trevor Schofield (113) won his bracket, making it the second straight year he has won a title in Dove Creek.
“There were a few matches where he was really challenged, and he stepped up,” Mendoza said.
Mendoza said Zach Valdez (126) won his bracket with a strong performance, and eighth-grader Gabrial Routt (106) was moved up from junior varsity for the tournament and placed second.
Farmington will compete at the Panther Classic, hosted by Piedra Vista, next weekend.
Panthers finish second in Las Cruces
The Piedra Vista wrestling team took a step backward on day two of the Las Cruces Invitational today but still came away with second place.
Down by just a half a point after Friday's set of matches, the Panthers fell 36.5 points behind Queen Creek, Ariz., on the second and final day of the individual tournament.
All six of PV's semifinalists — Hosman Caraveo, Sergio Quintana, Adrian Tarwater, Nick Rino, Wes Rayburn and Diego Sanchez — won their semifinal matches, but all six lost in the finals.
"I don't think I've ever seen that for as long I've been here," PV coach Michael Bejar said of all the finals losses. "It was a tale of two days. This is one of the toughest tournaments, if not the toughest tournament, in New Mexico. Half the team needs to improve on some things so the team can improve as the season goes on."
Ethan Salazar was the only one of PV's four wrestlers in the consolation bracket to advance on the back end. After winning once, Salazar lost his second match of the afternoon.
The Panthers have a busy week ahead of them. First, they head to Utah on Tuesday to wrestle in the Monticello Dual before hosting the Panther Classic on Dec. 17.
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