Rattlers ready to wrestle

Thomas Garcia

After a fifth-place finish in the Capital wrestling tournament in Santa Fe, the Rattlers were hard at it Tuesday preparing for their home tournament Saturday at the Snake Pit.

“The guys did great in Capital, but I am pushing, maybe a little to much,” Rattlers head coach Eddie Encinias said.

Encinias said even though the team is early in the season, he has a mid-season mind set.

“These guys are in mid-season condition,” Encinias said. “That tends to make me expect more of them.”

The Rattlers had several members place in the Capital tournament. Those Rattlers were Leon Vigil, 2, 125 pound, Dominic Pacheco, 2, 130 pound, Bernard Roybal, 2, 135 pound, Chris Apodaca, 3, 140 pound, Patrick Wiegel, 5, 171pounds and Esteban Martinez, 2, 160 pounds.

Despite the good showing at Capital, Encinias said he is sticking to his strategy, pushing the team to be better.

“Coach is doing what is needed to get us to the next level,” Martinez said. “His coaching method works out great.”

This weekend’s tournament will feature tough and strong competition from New Mexico and Texas, Encinias said.

Teams attending the tournament include Saint Michael’s, Robertson, Los Alamos, West Las Vegas, Amarillo High, Dumas, Texas, River Road, Texas and Pampa, Texas.

“I am looking forward to the tournament,” Martinez said.

“It is good to have a lot of tough matches right before the Christmas break,” Encinias said.