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By Coach Stinson


Season Final


February 24, 2017

The 2017 Aztec Tiger Wrestling team brought home Aztec’s 32nd State Wrestling trophy from the Star Center over the weekend. It took a complete team effort, and an exciting final day of work to secure this year’s 3rd place trophy. With as much heartache as jubilation, the final goal of this year’s group of wrestlers of bringing home some team hardware was finalized in the final match wrestled by Austin Littlefield when he beat a coach’s son from Los Lunas (4-3) for his first state championship.

Earlier, Josiah Griego, our top academic athlete, lost a tough 10-8 match to a defending state champion from Capital. Then, Cody Candelaria dominated Miyamura’s 126# senior 20-9 with a exhibition of how to wrestle on your feet. That was followed by Dominic Dufur’s match, who showed both class and determination as he battled with Belen’s defending state champ to a 18-7 finals loss. These finalists, along with 3rd place finisher Garrett Birzer and 5th place finisher Hunter Medina will give us a very solid base to work with next season.

Top 10/22 Team finishes 2017 New Mexico 5A Championships:

1st Belen Eagles, 211 pts

2nd Capital Jaguars, 172.5 pts

3rd Aztec Tigers, 149.5 pts

4th Valencia Jaguars, 134 pts

5th Roswell Coyotes, 133 pts

6th Los Lunas Tigers, 109 pts

7th Bloomfield Bobcats, 104 pts

8th Del Norte Knights, 89.5 pts

9th Farmington Scorpions, 89 pts

10th Goddard Rockets, 86 pts

Aztec Wrestling Team state wrestlers:

106# senior, CD Simkins, 27-11, District Champ, 2 pts, no place

113# junior, Josiah Griego, 40-5, District Champ, 21 pts, State Runner-up

120# freshman, Garrett Birzer, 34-10, District Champ, 20 pts, 3rd at State

126# sophomore, Cody Candelaria, 44-1, District Champ, 29 pts, NM State Champ

132# freshman, Bode Wooley, 20-19, 4th in District, 2.5pts, no place

138# freshman, Logan Klepac, 13-26, wildcard, 3 pts, no place

145# junior, Dominic Dufur, 37-11, District Runner-up, 24 pts, State Runner-up

152# junior, Austin Littlefield, 44-1, District Champ, 28 pts, NMState Champ

160# sophomore, Hunter Medina, 30-15, District Runner-up, 12 pts, 5th at State

170# sophomore, Zach Schmidt, 20-16, 3rd in District, 3 pts, no place

182# 8th grader, Caleb Varzeas, 8-16, 4th in District, 0 pts, no place

195# freshman, Ethan John, 6-19, 4th in District, 4 pts, no place

220# junior, Jared O’Toole, 2-27, District Runner-up, 0 pts, no place

Hwt. freshman, Josh Cowden, 6-17, wildcard, 0 pts, no place

Next event: March 10th 6:30 Annual Aztec Wrestling Awards Banquet MPR

Trivia answer: How many 3 x State Champs for Aztec? There have been 5: David Hines 1980-82, Emory Kaiser 1982-84, Jeremy Stinson 1993-95, Nathan McClain 1997-99, Chris Keating 1997-2000-2001


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