Rams second at Southwest Shootout
The Rams? 120-pounder, Tim Lopez, beat his West Mesa opponent (in blue) 17-0, a technical fall worth five points to the Rams.Gary Herron photo/Observer
Wednesday evening’s dual wrestling match at Rio Rancho High School, where the defending champion Rams faced West Mesa, practically was “over before it started.”
The roster-depleted Mustangs surrendered 30 points for matches they’d be forfeiting at 113, 152, 160, 220 and heavyweight.
But take away that 30 points and the Rams still won, 46-0. The Mustangs’ lone victory was in the last match of the evening, at 195, where Jason Reed pinned the Rams’ Kody Van Horn.
Earlier, the Rams got victories via fall from 106-Roberto Cordova, 132-Luke Sikes, 138-Thomas Carrillo, 145-James Emmer, 170-Josiah Apodaca and 182-Jared Herrera.
Technical-fall victories were rung up by 120-Tim Lopez and 126-Alex Emmer.
“We’re real happy with our lineup,” coach Mike Santos said after the rout. “We are deep at a few weight classes ? we have a solid lineup, (and) no matter who’s in the lineup, I think we can qualify all 14 weight classes this year.”
Rams finish second at home tournament
Last weekend, the Rams hosted the 18-team Southwest Shootout Duals. By the end of the meet, it came down to RRHS vs. Sunnyside.
En route to facing the team from Tucson, the Rams sailed through pool A, defeating Rio Grande, Pebble Hills, Piedra Vista, Robertson, Los Alamos, St. Pius X and junior varsity teams from Santa Fe and Cleveland. Sunnyside also sailed through its bracket, with a perfect score ? 84-0 ? over Mayfield. Sunnyside defeated the Rams, 39-27, in the championship match.
The Rams were in Las Cruces Friday and yesterday for the annual Las Cruces Invitational.
After that, the Rams will be at the prestigious 23rd Tournament of Champions in Reno Dec. 21-22, and then Jan. 4-5 they’ll be in Geary, Okla., for the 75th annual Geary Invitational. Last year, the Rams placed 13th in Geary.