Tiger Takedown 2017-18 #12

March 8, 2018

Tiger Takedown: Aztec Wrestling Newsletter #12    2017-2018    2/19/2018


The Team of d\destiny, after a 16 year drought, brought home the State Wrestling title once again to Aztec. With all the tragedy and conflict that this year’s team had to work through, they managed to put together an #AztecStrong performance at the Star Center in Rio Rancho and win the 2018 5-A State Championship.  All 13 wrestlers scored important points towards the 195.5 total that was enough to win a State title for the 17th time.  There are no heroics in winning a State title, those are left to the 1st responders and teachers, but there were courageous efforts this weekend.  Examples were abundant, as Aztec Wrestler after Aztec Wrestler did their part.  Senior Josiah Griego hit a 3 point tilt with 10 seconds left to beat a 2X defending State Champ from Capital.  Bode Wooley, who was a JV wrestler just one month earlier, filled in for injured Dominic Dufur to place 3rd, and Zane Chapman, who was a JV wrestler, had his second knee surgery at the end of December, came back to fill in for an ineligible Varsity wrestler and place 3rd.  Then Dominic Dufur, who was out for 5 weeks with separated ribs, moved up to 152# to fill in for a disciplined wrestler to place 4th.  The line-up was filled with wrestlers doing courageous, out of their normal realm of things to get done what was needed.  No, it was not a normal year.  The season began surviving a tragedy.  There were many high and many lows along the way but our wrestlers came together and decided it could be done; it would be done for themselves and all of Aztec.


2018 State 5-A Championships:   Top 15 out of 22 Teams

1st   Aztec Tigers  195.5                 2nd   Los Lunas Tigers  185.5                        3rd   Belen Eagles   151

4th  Valencia Jaguars  135            5th    Farmington Scorpions  128.5               6th    Deming Wildcats  127

7th  Los Alamos 110                       7th    Roswell Coyotes   110                           9th    Kirtland  Broncos  102

10th Del Norte   100.5                    11th  Capital  Jaguars      88                          12th  St. Pius X Sartans  79

13th Bloomfield Bobcats 73          14th  Academy Chargers 52                           15th  Miyamura Patriots  42


Aztec Individual Results:

11th         106#       Bella Wells                         33-0                       1st New Mexico Girls' State Champion

9th           106#       Jaren McBride                   37-12                     12 pts                    5th at State

9th           113#       Dylan St. Vrain                  30-15                      4 pts                      no place

12th         120#       Josiah Griego                    46-6                       28 pts                    State Champion

11th         126#       Christian Robison            45-6                       27 pts                     State Champion

10th         138#       Zane Chapman                 19-8                       19 pts                    3rd at State

10th         145#       Bode Wooley                    33-14                     19.5pts                   3rd at State

12th         152#       Dominic Dufur                  20-11                     20 pts                    4th at State

11th         160#       Hunter Medina                 31-15                     16 pts                    4th at State

11th         170#       Logan Thorpe                   35-14                     20 pts                    3rd at State

9th           182#       Malcolm Altisi                  28-18                     3   pts                     no place

9th           195#       Caleb Varzeas                  31-17                     16 pts                    5th at State

12th         220#       Jared O’Toole                   26-22                     7  pts                     no place

10th         285#       DeAngelo Padilla             5-7                          3  pts                     no place



Next Wrestling Event:    March 12th Aztec Wrestling Awards Banquet @6:00 pm @ AHS MPR

Aztec Wrestling Trivia:   In the history of Aztec Wrestling, there has been only one set of AHS Father/Son State Champions:  Lynn and Cole Blancett.  This year, we added two more:   JJ and Josiah Griego and Bryan and Christian Robison….Outstanding.

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