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Tiger Takedown #13 2019-20

2019-2020 Tiger Takedown #13 Aztec Wrestling Newsletter 2/24/20 post season

A historic season was unveiled at the Rio Rancho Star Center, during the New Mexico State Wrestling Championships.

A perfect finals for both the Aztec boys and girls, as Aztec Wrestling went 9 for 9 and came home with 9 new individual State Champions, 6 for the boys and 3 for the girls. This brings our total boys state champions to 117 and our girls to 4. The boys brought home the 19th team State Championship and the girls brought home our very first Runner-up girls’ trophy, on the maiden season for them. The boys were hard pushed by Los Lunas on their last season in 4-A, as Los Lunas will be bumped up to 5-A next year. Every member of the team contributed important points to winning this State Championship. It was truly a team effort.

There were many stories inside the main headline: Aztec Wrestling had its second 8th grade State Champion crowned, with a perfect 39-0 season. Our 120# wrestled the last part of the season with a shoulder that would dislocated at any given time and did so during the quarterfinals and had to injury forfeit that match. He was re-taped and was able to put together three extremely courageous matches to battle back into medal placing. This included a win over a Los Lunas wrestler to help seal the team win before we pulled him from the lineup. Aztec Wrestling also had its first ever brother and sister State Champions. Our 138# wrestler had had knee surgery on November 27th and wasn’t cleared to wrestle again until January 15th but went on to win a State Championship. Wrestlers who were willing to wrestle up weight classes, so that a complete team line up was available for the District Duals and State Qualifier Championships. Injuries were rampant at times and adjustments were made to make up holes for a 15-0 undefeated dual season. Never once did our young men and young ladies lose sight of the big picture, as they pressed on to win the ultimate goal.

New Mexico Girls Wrestling State Championship Team Results: Top 10/38 Teams

1st Miyamura 88 pts 2nd Aztec 66 pts Atrisco 66 pts 4th Highlands 43 pts 5th Grants 40 pts

6th Albuquerque 36 pts 7th West Mesa 29 pts Sandia 29 pts 9th Onate 27.5 pts 10th Carlsbad 27 pts

Aztec Individual State Team Placers:

120# 12th Mia Aguirre 27-3 22 pts State Champion

126# 9th Makayla Munoz 29-0 22 pts State Champion

145# 10th Katelin Klepac 7-9 0 pts No Place

160# 10th Princess Altisi 27-2 22 pts State Champion

New Mexico Boys Wrestling State Championship Team Results: Top 10/26 Teams

1st Aztec 246.5 pts 2nd Los Lunas 215.0 pts 3rd Silver 180.0 pts 4th Belen 141.5 pts 5th Los Alamos 118 pts 6th Moriarty 110pts 7th Miyamura 97.5 pts 8th Bloomfield 88 pts 9th Kirtland 85 pts 10th Academy 81 pts

Aztec Individual State Team Placers:

106# 8th Bryson Valdez 39-0 28 pts State Champion

113# 8th Paul Vigil 17-10 4 pts No Place

120# 11th Jaren McBride 28-10 18 pts 4th Place, pulled due to injury

126# 11th Dylan St. Vrain 36-10 18 pts 3rd Place

132# 11th Sammy Minton 31-19 3.5 pts No Place

138# 12th Garrett Birzer 26-4 28 pts State Champion

145# 12th Bode Wooley 43-5 29 pts State Champion

152# 12th Zane Chapman 39-8 27 pts State Champion

160# 11th Malcolm Altisi 38-6 26 pts State Champion

170# 11th Hunter Riddick 33-15 16 pts 5th Place

182# 12th Logan Klepac 30-11 15 pts 4th Place

195# 10th Brody Dalton Was out due to emergency surgery for a blood clot

220# 11th Caleb Varzeas 35-8 28 pts State Champion

HWT 9th Josh Hannah 19-10 6 pts No Place

Next Event:

Annual Aztec Wrestling Awards Banquet on Monday, March 9th in the MPR 6:30pm. The community is invited to attend and celebrate a very successful wrestling season at both Koogler and Aztec High, as they are all one program. For a program history, check out

This banquet will include our Middle School Basin Champions

Championship awards for all groups will be given out at the annual banquet

Banquet food assignments:

  • Koogler wrestlers and freshmen, please bring a main dish

  • Sophomores and Juniors, please bring a side dish

  • Seniors please, bring a dessert

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