Saturday saw the reintroduction of a wrestling tradition that had slipped away in recent years. The Tucumcari Invitational Wrestling Tournament took place Saturday and saw wrestlers from five different schools competing for the top positions in the different weight categories.
The schools were: Moriarty, Roswell High School, New Mexico Military Institute, Goddard High School and Tucumcari.
According to head wrestling coach Eddie Encinias, he felt the tourney not only created a great deal of pride on the of his wrestlers but it also engendered a good amount of interest in the fans who came on to root on the local wrestling squad. “We’ve missed it,” said Encinias. “It’s going to mean a lot in the future. It meant lot on Saturday for these guys to wrestle in front of their friends and families.”
Two of the wrestlers came away from the tournament as champions Justin Garcia, who wrestled heavyweight and Brian Lopez who wrestled at 189 pound.“Justin did really well,” said Encinias, “and Brian, he’s something else. He hasn’t lost a match this year.” The coach said a number of his other players also did well or are showing a great deal of potential. “We’re looking good,” said the coach.
103 Raymond Jimenez (Tuc) pinned by Bolanos (Godd): dec by Fazekas (Tuc).
Mike Fazekas (Tuc) pinned by B. Spenc (Mor): dec. Jimenez (Tuc): pinned by Manning.
Cameron Manning (Tuc) pinned by Spenc (Mor): pinned Fazekas (Tuc).
119 Josh Haun (Tuc) pinned Sparza; 5:05: pinned Debenedict (NMMI); pinned by Harvey (Godd) 3:41.
125 Wesley Martinez (Tuc) pinned Gomez (Godd) 2:39; pinned Sharp (NMMI) :48; pinned by Trujillo (Mor) 3:41.
130 John Sewell (Tuc) dec. by Baggan 6-3; win by forfeit over Stofan.
Alberto Nevero (Tuc) pinned by Sons (Mor); pinned Hooker (NMMI); pinned by Wise (Godd).
145 Matthew Garcia (Tuc) pinned by Rachal 1:03; pinned by Bacelas.
152 Steven Taylor (Tuc) pinned by Ardazola (Ros); pinned Carney (NMMI); pinned by Veitch (Godd) 1:25.
160 Joseph Hurley (Tuc) pinned by Shanley (Mor).
171 Nathan Martinez (Tuc) pinned by Castio 1:25. forfeited to Casades.
189 Brian Lopez (Tuc) pinned Hudson (NMMI); dec. Lubey (Mor) 6-1.
215 Daniel Godfrey (Tuc) pinned by Rodriguez (Ros); pinned by Griego (Mor).
HWT Justin Garcia (Tuc) pinned Lujan (Ros) :25; pinned Robledo (Godd) 3:05.