FARMINGTON — Aztec opened its state wrestling title defense on a strong note today at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

Jaren McBride (106-pound division), Dylan St. Vrain (120), Christian Robison (126), Garrett Birzer (132), Cody Candelaria (138), Hunter Medina (145) and Joshua Hannah (285) all won their first-round matches via pins during the first period.

Zane Chapman (160), Malcolm Altisi (170), Logan Klepac (182) and Caleb Varzeas (195) all won their opening matches via second-round pins.

Bode Wooley (152) won his opening match via third-round pin, while Zack Roberts (220) won his opening match via 14-2 major decision.

In the first round of the girls bracket, Makayla Munoz (126) pinned Cleveland’s Samantha Tuttle at the 3:53 mark. Princess Altisi (160) pinned Kirtland Central’s Macaria Gutierrez at the 3:47 mark.


Aztec opens 4A state wrestling tournament Friday at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. Tigers eye back-to-back state titles this weekend. Farmington Daily Times

Other area wrestlers open strong

Piedra Vista’s Julian Jaramillo (106), Kyle Baker (145) and Jacob Bartley (220) won their opening matches via first-round pins. 

Farmington’s Taeoma Frank (120), Tyler Savell (145), Cirrail Allison (160) and Dante Norberto (285) also won their opening matches via first-round pins.

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Lady Scorps’ Eliza Merrion competes in state diving

Merrion placed 14th out of 15 girls divers with a score of 192.90 today at Albuquerque Academy.

Albuquerque High’s Nadine Coulie won the event with a score of 327.40.

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Girls hoops showdown postponed

Tonight’s District 2-5A game between Piedra Vista and Farmington at Scorpion Arena has been moved to 7 p.m. Saturday due to snow.

PV (22-3, 6-1) is one win away from clinching the district title outright.

Elsewhere, the Navajo Prep boys' home game versus Zuni was moved to 1 p.m. Saturday due to snow.