Sundevils Hosts Wrestling Meet Against Pojoaque, Robertson Junior Varsity
Española’s Amado Ramirez pinned Pojoaque’s Adolfo Gomez. Photo by George Morse\valleydailypost.com
By GEORGE MORSE
Valley Daily Post
Valley Daily Post
A young Española Valley High School wrestling team picked up more experience just before the Christmas holidays, hosting a triangular meet with local rival Pojoaque Valley High School and the Robertson High School junior varsity.
With freshmen filling several of the heavier weight-classes for the Sundevils, three seniors in the lower weight classes are carrying the team. One of those seniors in Dominic Medina. Medina was Española ’s top placer at the 2016 Class 5A state wrestling tournament. He took third third place in the 113-pound weight class.
Medina has yet to compete this season as he is recovering from an automobile accident. He should return to action in 2017.
Senior Mario Martinez has emerged as one of the teams leaders and he has so far been undefeated (10-0) in his matches. At the triangular meet, Martinez pinned Robertson’s Sabien Gomez and Pojoaque’s Jonathan Velarde. Martinez wrestles at 126 pounds.
“I just practice what I preach,” Martinez said of his role on the team. “I want to build up the program so we can win more championships.”
Española was strong in wrestling from 2003-2006, winning four straight District 2-4A championships. Class 4A was changed to Class 5A two years ago. Martinez hopes to win what is now District 2-5A. His main competition looks like Albuquerque Academy’s Clay Crosby. Academy just joined District 2-5A.
“I haven’t met up with him (Crosby) yet,” Martinez said. “I want to place at state and hopefully take district.”
The other senior leader is Amado Ramirez at 132 pounds. He pinned Pojoaque’s Adolfo Gomez and Robertson’s Justin Woodlee at the triangular meet.
Competing as freshmen for Española were Josiah Martinez at 182 pounds, Jeremiah Martinez at 220 pounds and Kalub Romero at 285 pounds. Sophomore Edgar Sanchez competed at 145 pounds, pinning Pojoaque’s Leah Archuleta and won by forfeit against Robertson. Senior Marcos Gallegos won by forfeit against Robertson and Pojoaque at 170 pounds. Freshman Alejandro Santiago won by forfeit against Pojoaque and lost to Robertson’s Andres Grano.
Also wrestling for Española were sophomores Darren Sanchez and Dominic Martinez.
In the team scores, the Sundevils lost to Robertson 38-30 and to Pojoaque 54-36.
“It’s a very young team,” Española Coach Aaron Salinas said. “Our younger guys are at the heavier weights and they’re not there yet physically. They don’t have the muscle. They make simple mistakes and we’ll have to work hard to correct that.”
Pojoaque was well-represented at the triangular meet. The Elks defeated Española (54-36) and Robertson (48-30). Forfeits contributed to much of Pojoaque’s point totals. Against Robertson, six of the eight matches that Pojoaque won were by forfeit.
Of the two matches the Elks won on the mat, Jonathan Velarde pinned Robertson’s Sabien Gomez at 126 pounds and John Chavez pinned Estevan Marquez at 195 pounds. Against Española, Henry Roybal pinned Josiah Martinez at 182 pounds. Josh Roybal pinned Jeremiah Martinez at 220 pounds and Brayan Chavez pinned Kalub Romero at 285 pounds.
Pojoaque and Española will be competing at the Al Salazar Memorial Invitational wrestling meet Jan. 7 hosted by St. Michael’s High School in Santa Fe.