A quintet of wrestlers will represent Ruidoso at this year’s State tournament in Rio Rancho starting Friday, and Warrior coach Andy Olive has high hopes more than a few will get to the second day of competition.
“This is a stepping stone, kind of what I had in the back of my mind,” Olive said.
“I’m pleased with it. Now we just have to wrestle well at state and get more guys into the second day.”
While the contingent this year is smaller than in years past, the experience and quality of the kids is more solid, making the chance of more Saturday competition much more likely.
Set to head to the Santa Ana Star Center are Dyllan Morgan at 106, Joseph Morales at 120, Conner Jameson at 138, Tobias Spitty at 170 and Michael Marin at heavyweight.
All earned a trip to state with their finishes at the District 3/4-4A individual tournament at Moriarty last week.
All but Marin finished third in their weight class. Marin won the district title with a pin of Silver’s Mathew Rivera at 1:27 in the first round.
Marin is certainly a favorite to make it to day 2 at Rio Rancho, and Olive thinks Morales might do well at 120.
The rest? Well, it’s challenging.
“That 106 weight class is tough right now,” Olive said. “Also, most wreslters come in at 132 or 138, so that’s always the most competitive weight class, in any state.”
Ruidoso’s Warriors will know exactly who they’ll be facing in the first round after the seed drawings are done on Thursday evening, and weight-ins are bright and early at 7:30 a.m. on Friday at the Star Center.
Prelims hit the mat at 9 a.m. and wrestling runs all through the day.
Championship matches are scheduled for about 4 p.m. on Saturday.