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Tiger Takedown 2018-19 #9

Tiger Takedown: Aztec Wrestling Newsletter #9 2018-2019 2/4/2019

With three more days of solid wrestling behind us, we edge to the end of the season. Travel outside of the state has ended and concentration of qualifying for State and the State Tournament loom in front of us. We were able to make some history on Friday and Saturday. First, on Thursday we traveled to Shiprock to wrestle 3 District Duals. We came away with 3 wins and a combined score of 228-12; including two shutouts. On Friday, for the first time we held a dual event in the Multi-Purpose Room. A packed crowd witnessed us decisively beat top ranked Cedaredge, CO 57-18. On Saturday, sights were set on the 45th Butch Melton Invitational in Ignacio, CO. It has been over 20 years since an Aztec wrestling team has won the oldest area tournament. When it was over, we had 4 Champions and won the Tournament Championship by a landside 45.5 points.

Thursday District Duals Results: Aztec 66 Gallup 12, Aztec 81 Miyamura 0, Aztec 81 Shiprock 0

Friday Interstate Dual: Aztec JV 48 Cedaredge JV 21 (our JV remains unbeaten this season), Aztec Varsity 57 Cedaredge Varsity 18.

Saturday Junior Varsity Individual Place Winners:

106# 10th Jacob Culler 6th place

120# 10th Sammy Minton 3rd place

138# 9th Garrett Kirby 8th place

152# 10th Hunter Riddick 4th place

195# 9th Chance Hoggard 5th place

220# 12th Zack Roberts 4th place

Saturday Varsity Team Results: 6/14

1st Aztec 209 2nd Pagosa 163.5

3rd Farmington 149.5 4th Cedaredge 100

5th Cortez 74 6th Bayfield 66

Varsity Individual Results:

106# 10th Jaren McBride 5-0 26 pts CHAMPION

113# 10th Kaydon McElroy 2-2 2.0 pts 4th place

120# 10th Dylan St. Vrain 4-1 17 pts Runner-up

126# 12th Christian Robison 4-0 23 pts CHAMPION

132# 11th Garrett Birzer 4-1 15.5 pts Runner-up

138# 12th Cody Candelaria 5-0 23.5 pts CHAMPION

145# 12th Hunter Medina 4-1 17 pts Runner-up

152# 11th Bode Wooley 3-1 16 pts Runner-up

160# 11th Zane Chapman 3-1 14 pts Runner-up

170# 10th Malcolm Altisi 4-1 13 pts 3rd place

182# 11th Logan Klepac 1-2 1.0 pts no place

195# 10th Caleb Varzeas 4-0 24 pts CHAMPION

220# 11th Ty Ashley 2-2 4.0 pts 5th place

285# 8th Josh Hannah 3-2 13 pts 3rd place

“No Fear” Wrestler of the Week: JV Sammy Minton Varsity Jaren McBride

Next Events: Thursday, February 7th, 6pm Senior Parents night vs Bloomfield in Aztec

Saturday, February 9th, 8:30am JV San Juan Basin Championships in Aztec

Tidbits: Aztec High School has a State leading 16 State Championships starting in 1963, 1971 and 1982. Then consecutively in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000. Again in 2002 and 2018. Plus: a 2002 Duals State Championship and also 24 District Championships. Aztec has been nationally ranked 11 times, as well.

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