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By Coach Stinson


Twelve qualify for NM State Tournament


February 17, 2017

Tiger Takedown 2/13/2017

After a strong showing last week at the District 1-5A Duals, we continued with a solid finish at the District State Qualifying Tournament. Aztec put 8 into the finals and walked away with 5 District Champions and 12 total qualifiers to the New Mexico State Tournament. This will give us a solid base of wrestlers for the State Tournament this weekend at the Star Center in Rio Rancho. Hopes and dreams will be felt, achieved, and for some lost, in our preparations this week for the biggest show in New Mexico for High School Wrestling. It now comes down to how mentally prepared the wrestlers are for this stressed filled event.

Who will be Aztec Wrestling’s next State Champions and become part of the legendary history?

2017 State Qualifiers for Aztec High School:

106#, CD Simpkins, 29-9, 22 pts, District Champion

112#, Josiah Griego, 37-4, 19.5 pts, District Champion

120#, Garrett Birzer, 30-9, 19 pts, District Champion

126#, Cody Candelaria, 40-1, 19 pts, District Champion

132#, Bode Wooley, 19-17, 5 pts, District 4th place

138#, Logan Klepac, 12-24, 0, did not qualify

145#, Dominic Dufur, 34-10, 16 pts, District Runner-up

152#, Austin Littlefield, 40-1, 22 pts, District Champion

160#, Hunter Medina, 26-13, 14 pts, District Runner-up

170#, Zach Schmidt, 19-14, 10 pts, District 3rd place

182#, Caleb Varzeas, 8-14, 9 pts, District 4th place

195#, Ethan John, 5-17, 6 pts, District 4th place

220#, Jared O’Toole, 12-25, 16 pts, District Runner-up

HWT, Josh Cowder, 6-15, 0, did not qualify

Thursday-Saturday, New Mexico State High School Wrestling Tournament held at the Star Center in Rio Rancho, all day Friday and Saturday.

Wrestler of the Week: Garrett Birzer, freshman District 1-5 A, 120# Champion with a solid performance

Trivia question answer: Where was the farthest an Aztec Wrestling team has traveled for competition? 1991 and 1997 to Hawaii for the Iolani Invitational winning it both years. Iolani is located just above the Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Last trivia question of the season: Which Aztec High School wrestler has won the most State Championships?

We want to take the time to THANK all our supporters, sponsors, teachers and parents for all the help this season. We were able to host 4 major events that have pushed us to the front. Thank You to ALL!!!!!


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