Panthers slip past Monticello 42-36

Karl Schneider, kschneider@daily-times.com

FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista wrestling team had a strong, but somewhat disappointing performance at its opening tournament over the weekend in Las Cruces. But the Panthers rebounded with a hard-fought 42-36 dual win over Monticello, Utah, today on the road.


“I think it was a good time to wrestle (Monticello),” PV coach Michael Bejar said. “We had a good weekend overall, but we had a sour taste in our mouth, and to have them on the schedule right after, it didn’t give us any time to relax. We got to go out and fix the things we saw over the weekend.”

PV had to forfeit the 125-pound weight class, but Bejar said the Panthers got key wins from Jared Terry (285) and Wes Rayburn (138) to get the win.

Bejar also praised the performance of eighth-grader Justin Delgado (113), who got a decision win for the Panthers.

PV will be back on the mat Saturday, hosting the Panther Classic at the Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse.

“We still need to find those certain positions that we’re strongest at. Right now, we’re really focused on consistency throughout the day,” Bejar said. “We can’t have a good match or two, then let off the gas. We have to stay consistent through every match and through the whole tournament.”

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