Improvement, that’s all that’s on Ruidoso wrestling coach Andy Olive’s mind in the wake of their appearances at an Alamogordo duals triad and the Las Cruces Invitational over the weekend.
At Alamogordo, the Warriors dropped a 48-32 decision to the host Tigers, while Roswell bested Ruidoso 60-24.
“Individually, we didn’t do that bad,” Olive said. “The outcome against Alamogordo was due to some forfeits in weight classes. Otherwise, I think the outcome would have been a lot different.”
Wrestlers at the smaller weight classes did well, including Mikey Chavez at 106, Dyllan Morgan wrestling up at 113 and eighth grader Bracxton Hall, who went 2-0 at 126.
Those wins included a technical fall – 13 points or better than his opponent.
Joseph Morales also went 2-0 with two pins at 120.
Sharon Minnix at 132 had what Olive called “an outstanding match” against Alamogordo’s William Calhoun in an exhibition match, earning a victory with a pin in the first round.
At heavyweight, defending State runner up Mikey Marin was 1-1, showing the effects of hardly any training coming of his appearance on the State champion football team.
“He was wrestling only two days after football got out,” Olive said. “His cardio wasn’t quite there.”
Over the weekend at the Las Cruces Invite, every Warrior save one had at least one victory at a very competitive tournament.
That one that didn’t have a win was Hall, but Olive said that doesn’t mean he didn’t wrestle well.
“Bracxton was scoring and attacking in his losses. He wasn’t intimidated at all and I was disappointed in how he did,” Olive said. “We’ll strive to get better and next year we hope to do a lot better at this one.”