Warrior grapplers sixth at Pecos

By Todd Fuqua

Ruidoso’s wrestling team followed up its own Sierra Blanca Invitational with an appearance at the Pecos Invitationals, Jan. 14, and coach Andy Olive was happy to report it went well.

“We finished 6th out of 12 teams, had six wrestlers medal,” Olive said.

Among those six wrestlers was Michael Marin, who finished second at heavyweight the second week in a row. This time, he fell to Tucumcari’s Isaiah Valverde, a wrestler Olive hopes to see again at State.

Eighth grader Joseph Morales and senior Tobias Spitty were each third in their weight classes, while Connor Jameson was fourth and Cody Powers sixth.

The tournament featured Pecos, Tucumcari, Santa Fe, Capital, Los Lunas, Foothill and the junior varsity squads from Robertson and St. Michael’s.

Also, the Cleveland and Rio Rancho second team varsities made an appearance.

This Friday, starting at 5 p.m., Ruidoso has another home date, a mini-meet against Foothill, Roswell, Goddard and Alamogordo.

“Roswell and Goddard are having the best season they’ve had in the last three years, and Foothill had only five wrestlers at Pecos, but four of them medaled,” Olive said. “We square up well with Alamogordo, but this is going to be our most difficult meet. It’ll be a test, but we’re not intimidated.”

After this weekend, Ruidoso travels to Las Vegas for the two-day Robertson Invitational, then it’s on to district meets and the state tournament.

It’s a new district with Moriarty, Cobre and Silver, all of who have a solid system.

“We have to finish in the top three out of four schools (to get to state), so we’ll see how we do,” Olive said. “I’m pretty confident with five guys that I think will do very well.”

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