Wrestlers warming up for district play

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

The Rattlers wrestled yesterday and are to compete today at Saint Michael’s Al Salazar Memorial Wrestling Tournament in Santa Fe.

They have been competing against 24 teams ranging from 3A to 5A schools. This is the Rattlers first competition since the Tascosa invite at Amarillo on Dec. 15 and 16.

Going into the matches at St. Michael’s, coach Eddie Encinas said, “I am very proud of how the guys have wrestled. They have shown a lot of heart and I feel that they will do well even though they have not wrestled since December.

“The guys know that we are getting to the tough part of the season with just a handful of tournaments before state competition.”

At press time, the scores from the competitions at St. Michael’s were not available.

After this weekend’s competition, the Rattlers have only four more matches until district competition on Feb. 9 -10 in Las Vegas.

At district they will compete with teams from 1A through 3A schools. The match-ups will decide who will compete in the New Mexico State wrestling tournament on Feb. 16-17 in Albuquerque.

“We have combined the 1A-3A teams in many sports including wrestling,” said Robert Zayas public relations director for the New Mexico Activities Association. “There were not enough schools in each division. So, we combined them in order for there to be a fair and even district competition.”