Wrestling team returns six

Thomas Garcia A strong leadership core and a lot of new youth on the team is going to make Rattlers wrestling exciting this year, said head coach Eddie Encinias. “We already tested ourselves at a tournament at Dumas, Texas,” Encinias said. Encinias said the team used that tournament as a scrimmage to start the season. […]

Tucumcari wrestling team looks for strong season

By Thomas Garcia: QCS staff writer There was hardly room to stand as 35 Rattlers grappled, tossed and pinned each other during Tuesday’s night wrestling practice. “Man, is it not great seeing this many kids out,” said Rattlers head coach Eddie Encinias. “I would like to keep them all but the work out might be […]

Rattler wrestlers finishin top five

by Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun The Tucumcari Rattlers wrestling team finished the season with three members in the top five at the state tournament. Rattler seniors Raymond Jimenez and Michael Fazekas each placed third place in their weight class and Wesley Martinez placed fourth on Saturday at the state tournament in Rio Rancho. On […]

Rattler wrestlers place at Cardinal Tournament

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Seven Rattler wrestlers placed at the Cardinal Classic Tournament on Friday and Saturday at Las Vegas. The Tucumcari Rattlers wrestling team competed in the two-day, round-robin event at Robertson High School. The 2A Rattlers were up against teams from 4A Belen, 4A Shiprock, 5A Los Lunas and Liberal, Kan., […]

Rattler wresters comeback with a first, second

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The Tucumcari Rattler wresting team finished second on Tuesday at the River Road Tournament at Amarillo, Texas. The Rattlers beat both River Road and Bushland with a score of 72-6 but lost to Boys Ranch by a score of 44-31. The Rattlers went into the tournament with a first place finish on Saturday at the […]

Rattlers ready for first wrestling match, team schedule

By Thomas Garcia Quay County Sun The Tucumcari Rattler wrestling team was hard at practice Monday preparing for their first invite at Amarillo, Texas. The Rattlers compete on Friday and Saturday against teams from Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico at the Randall Greater Gold Invite, said Rattlers coach Eddie Encinias. “We are hoping for a […]

Junior High Rattlers earned another win in Clayton

The Junior High Rattlers earned another win in Clayton. The Rattlers won 38-8 against the Clayton Yellowjackets on Thursday night once the team turned on its defensive action. “The defense is the heart of the team,” Coach Eddie Encinias said. The Rattlers were trailing 8-0 in the first quarter. But the defense rallied and did […]

Young wrestlers come up big at state meet

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun The future looks bright for the Tucumcari wrestling team, but the present’s not that bad either. Tucumcari had two wrestlers earn runner-up finishes, and had seven medalists en route to a seventh-place finish in the Class 1-3A state tournament, held Friday and Saturday in Albuquerque. Brian Lopez, a junior […]

Rattler wrestlers get trio of medals in Ruidoso

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Rattler Wrestlers hit the mats at the Sierra Blanca Tournament in Ruidoso last weekend with three Rattlers medaling. “I thought our kids wrestled extremely well,” said coach Eddie Encinias. “We had a great performance from Brian Lopez, Raymond Jimenez and Fernando Ureste.” Lopez came home with the championship, Jimenez with second and Ureste brought home […]

Rattler wrestlers win, place at home invitational

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By Albert Trujillo: QCS The Rattler wrestling tournament went very well, according to Coach Eddie Encinias. Teams participating in the tournament were West Las Vegas, Roswell High, Goddard High, Hobbs, Dumas, Pampa, Randall and River Road. Brian Lopez continued his undefeated winning streak. “Brian does a tremendous job as a leader and wrestler who has […]