Wrestlers to Watch
February 15, 2018 05:36 PM
The high school state wrestling meet gets underway on Friday. Here's a look at some of the wrestlers to watch and storylines that follow.
VISION QUEST WATCH (going for undefeated season)
126lb Sergio Arellano, Rio Grande (30-0)
138lb Wes Rayburn, Piedra Vista (37-0)
145lb Nick Rino, Piedra Vista (36-0)
195lb Joey Castillo, Las Cruces (42-0)
106lb bracket: #1 seed Devin Atencio, a freshman from Los Alamos with a 33-2 record, could meet up in the final against another freshman, Jonathan Gurule from Los Lunas with a 33-1 record.
113lb bracket: The #1 seed is Steven Sanchez from St. Pius X with a 28-2 record. The #2 seed is defending state champ Frankie Baca from Del Norte who has a 33-1 record. Guess who is the only wrestler to defeat him this year...Sanchez.
132lb bracket: James Ortega from Del Norte is trying to follow in his father's footsteps and win a state title.
VISION QUEST ALERT
152lb #2 seed Kyler Gonzales, Los Lunas (22-0)
220lb Christian Sanchez, Roswell (34-0)
There are a lot of first round byes because of a lack of qualifiers, but Javier Tapia is trying to cap off the perfect season. He enters the 170 pound bracket with a 26-0 record.
Others to watch:
Isaac Garcia, Manzano (This senior has lots of state experience)
Orion Gutierrez, Rio Rancho (Defending state champ)
Brandon Baeza, Las Cruces (football standout with a 13-2 wrestling record)
Lano Luna, Belen (28-1)
Gabriel Najar, Roswell (The Coyotes star football player enters with a 28-2 record)
Robbie Jaramillo, Valencia (31-1)
Created: February 15, 2018 05:36 PM
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