Scorps tame Broncos for 45-25 dual victory

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON — The Farmington wrestling team dominated district foe Kirtland Central 45-25 tonight, letting the rest of the district know the Scorps are a threat for the District 1-5A crown.

Farmington's James Schyver, top, tries to escape Kirtland Central's Cody Manuelito during their 182-pound match Tuesday night at Scorpion Gym in Famrington.

While the Scorps controlled the night, Farmington coach Jesus Mendoza said there were plenty of things the team needs to clean up in the coming weeks, particularly on the mental side.

“There were some things we could have done better. We gave away quite a few points on penalties, and they were poor penalties we shouldn’t have committed. We need to do better than we did,” Mendoza said.

But the Scorps had some positives come out of the night. Mendoza said Kowyn Becenti (195) had a breakout performance that was the turning point in the dual. With the score close and Farmington leading the dual 24-19, Becenti found an opening and put his opponent on his back to win by fall.

“He stayed focused and did a really good job to get his kid on his back,” Mendoza said of Becenti. “He needed to step up and he did.”

KC would only get 6 more points, which came via a forfeit at the 220-pound weight class, during the next several matches.

KC coach JJ Sandoval said his team needs to find a way to get tougher mentally after the Broncos struggled to find consistency during the dual — a problem that has bothered the team all season.

Francisco Alvarez attempts a take down against Kirtland Central's Brandon Silage on Tuesday at Scorpion Gym in Farmington.

“The thing that frustrates me is, we’ll start off wrestling super well, then when things get hard or tough, instead of sucking it up and fight through and trying to persevere, we want to quit,” Sandoval said. “We have to overcome that and get mentally tougher. We have to fight through it because good things will happen if we do.”

But Sandoval also found a bright spot on the night that he can point to for motivation for the Broncos.

Although he lost his match, 106-pounder Myles Harvey stood out to Sandoval.

“One thing about Myles, no matter what the score is, he wrestles hard,” Sandoval said. “That’s one thing I love about that kid, he keeps trying no matter what. Whether he’s up by 10 or down by 10, he keeps wrestling and working hard.”

Farmington will get a few days off to prepare for the Aztec Tiger Duals on Saturday.

KC will be back on the mat Thursday, hosting Gallup for a dual set to begin at 3 p.m. at Bronco Arena.

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