Miner Mat Men host three way; now prepares for Section Championship

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Marco Salas ties up with Bisbee in the Miners final home meet. (Frank Smith photo)

By Frank Smith

The San Manuel Miners wrestling team hosted a three way meet with Bisbee and Hayden on Jan. 16. In the last home meet of the year, The Miners faced off against the Pumas and the Lobos – with three seniors in the lineup, they helped get the job done winning both duals which improved the Miners to a 27-14 record.

San Manuel narrowly escaped with the 45 – 42 win over the Bisbee Pumas: Wrestling at 106 lbs – Frankie Tamayo won by fall in 3:23; wrestling at 113 lbs – Marco Salas lost by fall in : 33; wrestling at120 lbs – Anthony Lopez won by fall in 2:39; wrestling at126 lbs – Martin Rodriguez won by fall in 3:09; wrestling at 132 lbs – Gary Maestas lost by fall in 1:57; wrestling at 138 lbs – Bryce Main won by fall in 1:23; wrestling at 145 lbs – Jared Gonzales won by decision 15 – 13 in overtime ; wrestling at 152 lbs – Adrian Torres – Forfeit; wrestling at 160 lbs – Antonio Montes lost by fall in : 46; wrestling at 170 lbs -Roberto Guerrero won by fall in 2:53; wrestling at 180 lbs – Jacob Christian – Forfeit, wrestling at 195 lbs – Manny Reynoso lost by fall in 5:29; and wrestling at Heavy Weight – Michael Sanchez lost by fall in : 28.

The Miners dominated the Lobos from Hayden 62 – 6: Wrestling at 106 lbs – Frankie Tamayo – forfeit; wrestling at 113 lbs – Marco Salas – forfeit; wrestling at 120 lbs – Anthony Lopez – forfeit; wrestling at 126 lbs – Martin Rodriguez – forfeit; wrestling at 132 lbs – Gary Maestas – forfeit; wrestling at 138 lbs – Bryce Main – forfeit; wrestling at 145 lbs – Jared Gonzales – forfeit; wrestling at 152 lbs – Adrian Torres – forfeit; wrestling at 160 lbs – Antonio Montes – forfeit; wrestling at 170lbs – Roberto Guerrero – forfeit; wrestling at 180 lbs – Jacob Christian – Forfeit; wrestling at 195lbs – Manny Reynoso won by fall in 2:24; and wrestling at Heavy Weight – Michael Sanchez lost by fall in 2:51.

Head Coach Daniel Najera said, “The coaching staff has selected Roberto Guerrero as Wrestler of the week, Roberto is a sophomore who wrestles at 170 lbs. Roberto has improved every time he has stepped on the mat. He always asks the coaching staff, what he needs to do to improve. Roberto is in the mix to qualify for state and has been practicing relentless all season to achieve his goals. Roberto finished with a 2 – 0 record this week.

“When we started the season we came up with 10 team goals. One of them was to win 30 duals. We’re three wins away from that goal. We have a four way meet at Baboquivari vs Santa Cruz, Maricopa and Tohono O’ Odham. We will also face our last big test at the Salpointe invitational in Tucson, 25 teams have confirmed to be in the invitational with the Miners being the only Division IV school attending. Tough Competition makes you tougher and we’re looking forward to this meet.”

The Miners will now prepare for the Division IV Section III Championship Tournament on February 2nd in Benson.

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Anthony Lopez braces for action against the Pumas. (Frank Smith photo)

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