By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun
The Tucumcari Rattler wrestling team is competing in the Randall Greater Gold invite today.
Tucumcari has 17 wrestlers in its program and five wrestlers who placed in last year’s state tournament returning this year. They are Jacob Ramirez, Matt Garcia, Brian Lopez, Ryan Fought and Raymond Jimenez. Last year, the Rattlers placed seventh overall at the state tournament.
“We are the only 2A school wrestling in the state of New Mexico. We compete against larger 3A schools. At the Randall invite we will be facing 5A Texas schools and our boys will have to compete in five to seven matches,” said Coach Eddie Encinias.
“Our expectation for the year is to go to state and win,” he said
Dec. 1 and 2 Randall Greater Gold, Amarillo 7 a.m.
Dec. 9 Rattler Invite, Tucumcari 9 a.m.
Dec. 15 and 16 Tascosa Invite, Amarillo 4 p.m.
Dec. 28 West Las Vegas Invite, Las Vegas 7 a.m.
Jan. 6 Albuquerque Academy. Albuquerque 7 a.m.
Jan. 12 and 13 Saint Mike’s, Santa Fe 10 a.m.
Jan. 20 Sierra Blanca Invite, Ruidoso 9 a.m.
Jan 26 and 27 Cardinal Classic, Robertson Noon
Feb. 3 and 4 Open
Feb. 10 District Tournament, Las Vegas 8 a.m.
Feb. 16 and 17 State Tournament, Albuquerque 7 a.m.