Tiger Takedown 2017-18 #11

March 8, 2018

Tiger Takedown:   Aztec Wrestling Newsletter #11   2017-2018                   2/12/2018


The news this week is that the Aztec Wrestling team qualified all 14 wrestlers for the State Tournament.

4 Champions, 7 Runner-ups, 2 Thirds and 1 Fourth place winner will all depart for State on Thursday.

Along the way, Aztec scored 224.5 points which was 28.5 more than 2nd place Farmington.  This would be enough to dominate the rest of field for the day.  As in anything, there were up and downs, there were wins and losses, stellar performances and some not.  One such stellar performance was by Senior 220# Jared O’Toole, who pinned an opponent that he has never beaten before to place himself in the finals.  The return of Senior 152# Dominic Dufur, from a rib injury, was a great and needed addition.  After missing the District Duals, Freshman Dylan St. Vrain bounced back to win a District title.  This year’s State Championship seems to be wide open and anything can happen, so it is a final week of mental preparation.  Monday will be the famous Aztec Red Flag Day.  This day will test our team’s physical and mental toughness to the max.


Aztec’s State Qualifiers and Records:   

106#       9th           Jaren McBride                   Runner-up          34-10     77%

113#       9th           Dylan St. Vrain                  Champion           28-13     63%

120#       12th         Josiah Griego                     Champion          42-6       87%

126#       11th         Christian Robison            Champion            41-6       87%

132#       10th         Garrett Birzer                    Runner-up         37-13     74%  *(out due to injury)

138#       10th         Zane Chapman                  Champion          15-7       68%

145#       10th         Bode Wooley                    Runner-up           29-13     69%

152#       12th         Dominic Dufur                  Runner-up          16-9       64%

160#       11th         Hunter Medina                 Runner-up          28-13     67%

170#       11th         Logan Thorpe                    3rd place            30-13     70%

182#       9th           Malcolm Altisi                   Runner-up          27-16     63%

195#       9th           Caleb Vazeas                     3rd place            27-15     64%

220#       12th         Jared O’Toole                    Runner-up          24-20     55%

HWT      10th          DeAngelo Padilla             4th place               4-5          44%

382-159=71% winning


*(10th grade State place winner 135# Garrett Birzer is out due to a broken ankle for this season)



Event this week: New Mexico State Wrestling Tournament   Friday and Saturday Star Center Rio Rancho


Wrestler of the Week:        Dylan St. Vrain  9th grade     District 1-5A Champion

Historic Trivia:   The 1982 Aztec Wrestling team lost the District Championship to Los Lunas in Aztec to turn around and win the State Tournament the next week in the Los Lunas’ gym.

                              Anything on any given day is possible…………………………….


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