After an appearance in what Ruidoso wrestling coach Andy Olive calls “probably the toughest tournament we’ve been at in five years,” the Warriors were able to show some improvement.
As a team, the Warriors were 22nd out of 29 teams, about the same as last year at this same tournament, but they increased the number of points they scored to 116.5.
They did that by getting a whole lot of wrestlers into the finals of their respective brackets.
That included heavyweight Mikey Marin in the Gold bracket, where he finished sixth overall after having to withdraw from the semifinals against Isaiah Valverda of Tucumcari with an injury.
“Mikey was our point leader, but I had to pull him before he could get to the finals,” Olive said. “He’s looking good working in his own technique. His is not just a one-move type of style anymore.”
Every wrestler was on the mat on day two, mostly in the Silver bracket. Dyllan Morgan, Joseph Morales, Connor Campbell, Connor Jameson and Armando Gallerito were the seven wrestlers in that competition, while Bracxton Hall and Ethan Belin were in the Bronze bracket.
Ruidoso has been busy at tournaments of late, including an appearance at the Pecos tournament, finishing fifth out of 13 teams.
Jameson won his bracket at 152, while Marin was second at heavyweight.
Among the teams Ruidoso finished ahead of was a strong squad from Rio Rancho.
The Warriors are now in the middle of district duals and tournaments, having already faced Moriarty and Socorro. They’ll host the next rounds of duals this Saturday at 9 a.m. in the high school auxiliary gym.
Cobre and Silver are on tap for Ruidoso. It will be a challenge for the Warriors, as they don’t have wrestlers at every weight class, which will automatically give points to the other team in a dual format.
The same thing was a problem against Moriarty and Socorro.
“We did well, we just didn’t win because we didn’t have a full team against them,” Olive said. “Otherwise, there’s no doubt in my mind we would have won.”