Aztec’s Bella Wells crowned state wrestling champ

Piedra Vista, Aztec and Farmington boys also win titles

The Daily Times staff
  • Wes Rayburn and Nick Rino of Piedra Vista each won a fourth straight state title.
  • Aztec's Josiah Griego and Christian Robison also earned state titles.
  • Farmington’s Traedan Allison won the 5A 145-pound title.
​Aztec's Bella Wells celebrates her state championship win over Sandia's Tiana Ring in the girls 106-pound state championship match Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

FARMINGTON — Aztec’s Bella Wells has made history as the Tigers’ first girls state wrestling champion.

Wells pinned Sandia’s Tiana Ring with six seconds left in the second period of the 106-pound girls title match to win the blue trophy today at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

Wells is one of eight female wrestlers to be crowned a state champion in the inaugural girls state wrestling tournament.

Shiprock’s Princess Athsisi was the state runner-up in the 160-pound girls division. Miyamura’s Nancy Rodriguez defeated Athsisi just one minute and 20 seconds into the match to win the title.

PV duo win state titles again

Wes Rayburn and Nick Rino concluded their high school wrestling careers unbeaten this season (81-0 combined) and with four straight state titles each.

Rayburn (138) defeated Carlsbad’s Mason Box 5-3 in overtime. Rayburn took advantage of a penalty on Box in the final seconds of the third round.

Meanwhile, Rino (145) edged Carlsbad’s Fabian Padilla 2-1, thanks to an early takedown.

District 1-5A wrestlers bring home hardware

Aztec's Josiah Griego was thrown to the mat twice early in his championship match, but he overcame a 4-0 deficit to defeat Capital's Ryan Romero via a 7-6 decision to win the 5A 120-pound state title.

Griego's teammate, Christian Robison, pulled ahead with a pair of timely reversals to take down Capital's Jasper Mares in an 8-6 decision for the 126-pound title.

Elsewhere, Farmington’s Traedan Allison scraped out a 7-6 victory over Roswell’s Travis Alarcon to win the 5A 145-pound title.

5A state runner-up wrestlers include Kirtland Central’s Jalen Platero, who reached the 132-pound finals.

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