Miners’ wrestlers show well at Empire Dual Meet

By Andrew Luberda

San Manuel Miner

The San Manuel wrestling team took to the mat against Sabino and Empire – both Division III schools – in a dual meet on Tuesday, November 26, 2013. Despite a great effort against both opponents, the Miners came up short in both duals. They lost to Sabino, 42 – 40, and fell to Empire, 46 – 35.

Head coach Daniel Najera said he was pleased with his team’s performance against the higher division schools. He added that the Miners “wrestled with poise and aggression.”

“The boys looked good tonight,” Najera said in an email to The Miner. “When we had opportunities to pin we did. That’s one area we’ve been working a lot on. Getting those bonus points really helps out.”

The Miners lost two matches by only two points. Najera said the experiences that come along early in the season will pay dividends later.

“We need to be challenged in those types of matches,” he said. “(It) will improve our situational wrestling so we can win those close matches.”

Freshman Franky Renteria (106) was named Miner Wrestler of the Week by the coaches. He won both of his matches at the Empire meet. According to Coach Najera, Renteria works as hard on the mat – he has not missed a practice – as he does off it.

“Franky leads by example on and off the mat,” Najera said. “He is a 4.0 student and is in Student Council.”

Empire Results:

San Manuel 40 Sabino 42

106 lbs: Franky Renteria WBF

113 lbs: Frankie Tamayo LBD 4-2

120 lbs: Carlos Salas WBF

126 lbs: Anthony Lopez WBM 12-2

132 lbs: Patrick Lopez LBF

138 lbs: Cisco Medina LBD 6-4

145 lbs: Colbey Stratton LBF

152 lbs: Isidro Wasko won by forfeit

160 lbs: Jacob Christian won by forfeit

170 lbs: Shane Kelly WBF

182 lbs: Open

195 lbs: Jose Frisby LBF

220 lbs: Open

HWT: Miguel Gonzalez LBF

San Manuel 36 Empire 45

106 lbs: Franky Renteria WBF

106 lbs: Franky Renteria WBF

113 lbs: Frankie Tamayo WBF

120 lbs: Carlos Salas LBF

126 lbs: Anthony Lopez WBF

132 lbs: Patrick Lopez LBF

138 lbs: Cisco Medina WBF

145 lbs: Colbey Stratton LBF

152 lbs: Isidro Wasko WBF

160 lbs: Jacob Christian LBF

170 lbs: Shane Kelly LBF

182 lbs: Open

195 lbs: Jose Frisby LBD 2-6

220 lbs: Open

HWT: Miguel Gonzalez won by forfeit

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