Rattlers anticipate district competition

Thomas Garcia

The Tucumcari Rattlers wrestling team has two events before their district competition at West Las Vegas.

The Rattlers are coming off another strong performance, placing fourth at the Sierra Blanca Invite at Ruidoso.

“We are getting there,” said Rattlers head coach Eddie Encinias. “We have had a few kids sick but every team has been having that problem.”

Encinias said the Rattlers placed fourth overall behind Mayfield, Hobbs and Carlsbad.

“It was a great tournament,” said assistant coach Donnie Garcia. “They are wrestling well and we are on track for a great district showing.”

The Rattlers have had a chance to see most of the 3A competition they will meet at state competition. They will have a chance to see Silver City, a new addition to the 3A bracket, on Friday.

Encinias said he hopes to see some tough competition Friday at the Cardinal Classic at Robertson, Las Vegas.

“The tougher the better,” Encinias said. “It is all going to help us with our preparation to compete for a district title and our state run.”