Smith wins championship after return from knee injury

Colten Smith- Witt Duals Champion.jpg

Colten Smith stands atop the podium in his win.

By Andrew Luberda

San Manuel Miner

Senior Colten Smith topped off an undefeated week (13 – 0) of wrestling by winning the individual Championship at the Witt Duals Invitational at Show Low. Smith was able to overcome a serious knee injury and seven months of intense physical therapy in reaching the top of the Championship podium.

“Colten has worked his way back to top form,” said Smith’s Coach Daniel Najera. “More impressively, he dominated three state placers on his way to claiming the championship.”

The team as whole also had a good showing at the tournament. Wrestling against highly ranked teams in higher divisions, the Miners finished with a record of 4 – 3 and a very respectable 7th place finish.

“This tournament gives (us) insight of where (we’re) at and where (we) need to be (as a team),” Najera said. “Our boys have improved every week and that’s what we’re looking for. Being battle tested is very important for the sectional and state tournaments.”

The Miners wrestled against four of the top eight teams in their division and came away victorious in most of them.

Najera said he is pleased to see his team develop and support each other as the season moves along.

“Our team rapport is very strong and we’re happy to see that,” he said.

The Miners had a total of five wrestlers perform well in individual tournaments. In addition to Smith were Franky Renteria (2nd), Anthony Lopez (3rd), Roberto Guerrero (5th), and Frankie Tamayo (6th).

Smith earned Co-Wrestler of the Week for his accomplishments.

Leave a Reply

  • Latest News

    Nominate an outstanding teacher for Gila County Teacher of the Year

    April 18th, 2014
    by

    GILA COUNTY – Gila County School Superintendent Linda O’Dell is proud to announce that Gila County Teacher of the Year […]


    SR 77 Aravaipa Creek Bridge Replacement Project

    April 17th, 2014
    by

    The Arizona Department of Transportation is set to begin a construction project this month to replace the Aravaipa Creek Bridge […]


    Pastor’s Corner: Celebrating the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ

    April 15th, 2014
    by

    In John 19:28-30 we read these words:  “Knowing that all was now completed and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled,


    Cross country runner makes stop in Superior to help veterans

    April 15th, 2014
    by

    Anna Judd, a 29-year-old resident of Orange County, has set out on a mission to run across America to raise money and awareness for veterans.


  • More Stories

    SMHS Athletes make All-Southern AZ Teams

    January 10th, 2014
    by

    By John Hernandez San Manuel Miner Athletes from San Manuel High School have been selected by the Arizona Daily Star […]


    Zuniga leads Lady Miners to number five ranking

    January 10th, 2014
    by

    By Andrew Luberda San Manuel Miner The Miners girls’ basketball team is ranked fifth according to the most recent rankings […]


    Three Miner wrestlers place at Mt. View Duals

    January 9th, 2014
    by

    By Andrew Luberda San Manuel Miner Franky Renteria (106, 2nd), Carlos Salas (120, 6th), and Michael Sanchez (HWT, 6th) all […]


    Cougar grappler has impressive record

    January 9th, 2014
    by

    Mountain Vista School’s wrestling team has an outstanding member (although they all are pretty great). Gilbert Rodriguez from Mrs. Villanueva’s […]


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather

  • Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin