THS junior claims state wrestling title

Thomas Garcia The Tucumcari High School wrestling team ended the season with a state champion, five state placers and a fourth-place finish overall. Out of a dozen Rattlers who qualified, six placed and junior Augustine Sandoval won the Class A-AAA state championship in the 145 pound weight class. “This has been the most stress-free season […]

Wrestling team bound for Los Alamos

Thomas Garcia The Tucumcari Rattlers wrestling team will get a chance to see potential state competition this weekend at Los Alamos. “We will have a chance to see what we will be up against,” said Rattlers head coach Eddie Encinias. Encinias said the Rattlers team has been doing great the past two weeks, competing at […]

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. […]

Rattler wrestlers place high in district

Thomas Garcia B y Thomas Garcia Quay County Sun The Tucumcari Rattlers wrestling team placed second in the district 2-3A competition Saturday at West Las Vegas. “This will be a district tournament I will remember for a long time to come,” said Rattlers head coach Eddie Encinias. Augustin Sandoval (152) and Trenton Ward (112) won […]

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 […]

Our Page — April 7

Wrestling champ Tucumcari native John C. Pacheco, my son who lives now in Houston and attends Westside High School, recently won his second state wrestling championship in Austin, Texas. John will be attending college at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., were he received a nomination as a blue chip athlete […]

Mesalands student heads to Italy for arm wrestling championship

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By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun When Ashley Romero was young, her father told her never to date a guy she could beat at arm wrestling. That didn’t leave many prospects for dating, so she had to break the rule. She’s 18 now, attending Tucumcari’s Mesalands Community College, and preparing for a trip to Italy […]

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 […]

Tucumcari Rattler wrestlers qualify for state

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By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Twelve members of the Rattlers wrestling team have qualified for the state tournament Friday at Rio Rancho. “I am very happy that 12 of our guys made it to state,” said wrestling coach Eddie Encinias. “Anything can happen and I look for many of our wrestlers to pull upsets […]

Rattlers wresting team state bound

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun The Tucumcari Rattlers wrestling team is state bound. All of the team members qualified for the state competition, set for this weekend in Rio Rancho. The Rattlers will compete at noon on Friday for the New Mexico State Wrestling championship at the Santa Ana Star Center. “I am really […]