JV Grapplers tie up at Ironwood Ridge Tournament

By Frank Smith

The Junior Varsity Miner squad got a chance to get some mat time as they started their season off with a strong showing at Ironwood Ridge’s JV Wrestling Tournament on Nov. 24.

There were10 teams from Southern Arizona attending the tournament, the quality of matches the Miners got were from the best feeder programs in Tucson.
Individual results for the tournament were Marco Salas wrestling at 106 lbs. won by fall over Mt. View, won by fall over Ironwood Ridge and won by fall over Catalina. Cisco Medina wrestling at 132 lbs. won by decision 10 – 8 against Flowing Wells, lost by fall to Mt. View and won by fall over Cienaga.

Matt Casillas wrestling 140 lbs. lost by fall to Ironwood Ridge, and won by fall over Santa Rita. Jared Gonzales wrestling at 152 lbs. won by technical 19 – 2 against Ironwood Ridge, won by fall over Flowing Wells and lost by decision 2 – 9 to Cienaga. Antonio Montes wrestling at 170 lbs. lost by fall to Cienaga, and lost by fall to Ironwood Ridge.

Jose Frisby wrestling at 182 lbs. lost by fall to Ironwood Ridge, and won by fall over Cienaga. Roberto Gallego wrestling at 182 lbs. won by fall over Catalina, and lost by fall 4 – 11 to Cienaga. Manny Reynoso wrestling at 220 lbs. won by fall over Cienaga and lost by decision 6 – 9 to Catalina. Riqui Mikvlewicz wrestling at 220 lbs. lost by fall to Flowing Wells, and lost by fall to Mt. View.

Miguel Gonzalez wrestling at Heavyweight lost by fall to Cienaga, lost by fall to Mt. View and lost by fall to Cienaga. Lawrence Sanchez wrestling at Heavyweight lost by decision 2 – 7 to Mt. View, lost by fall to Cienaga and lost by fall to Mt. View.

Coach Daniel Najera said, “Every Miner wrestler improved today and that’s what we’re looking for. Half of our squad competed in their first wrestling match and battled every second. The coaching staff was very impressed with their effort and sportsmanship. Two coaches from other programs acknowledged the great character in our program.

The Wrestler of the Week was Marco Salas, a sophomore, led the Miners with a 3-0 record to start the season. After a great month of practice, Marco has shown great leadership skills on and off the mat.”

The JV Miners will step on the mat again at Cienaga’s JV Tournament on Dec. 15.

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