The Yuma High School wrestling team resumed the season on a nice note, last weekend. Now they look to keep it rolling.

Yuma has another dual-tournament doubleheader this week, competing in Akron on Thursday before going to the Lyons Invitational on Saturday. It follows on the heels of the Indians beating Crowley County in a dual last Friday before showing well in the Savage Invitational in Lamar on Saturday.

“The practices after New Year’s Day were full of energy, and the coaching staff put together very aggressive practice plans that resulted in kids feeling like they could take on any challenge,” coach Rory Lynch said. “I think our kids were in better shape and wrestled more confidently than any other team we saw this weekend.”

The coach said there should be eight to 10 matches decided on the mat tonight in Akron, in what figures to be a competitive dual.

Saturday will be the first time Yuma’s wrestlers compete in the Lyons tournament.

“We will see some new teams, and we are looking forward to seeing some different wrestlers,” Lynch said. “We had a fantastic Monday practice this week and hope to continue to get better every day.”

The Indians headed south last Friday for their first action in 2018. They stopped in Ordway on their way to Lamar, taking on Crowley County in a dual.

Yuma came away with a 43-19 dual win, improving to 5-1 on the season in duals. The Indians went 4-4 in the eight matches decided on the mat, also picking up two more wins by default and another two by forfeit.

Josh Daugherty got it going with a 13-5 major decision at 113 over Isaiah Camacho. Braden Smith earned a 9-2 decision over JoAllan Baker at 126. Gianni Trejo later won by fall over Ryan Rivera at the 2:28 mark of the 138-pound match. The final win on the mat came courtesy of Cayden Lynch getting a pin over Cannon Buford at the 3:31 mark of the 220-pound match. Blaze Brophy at 126, Edgar Apodaca at 170, Luis Buena at 182 and Josue Roacho at 285 won by default or forfeit.

Cayden Lynch took fourth at 195 pounds last Saturday in Lamar. (Jake Rayl)

“The four matches we won at Crowley were earned against some tough kids,” Lynch said. “Alex Covarrubias’ match (160) was a loss but may have been the best Alex has wrestled this year against a ranked opponent.”

The Indians were in Lamar the next day for the Savage Invitational. At the end of a long day, Yuma had four placers, including one champion, with 81 points to finish eighth in the 17-school field.

Lamar won its own tournament with 225.5 points, while Burlington had 165.5, Fowler 149, County Line 106, Trinidad 102, Highland 95 and Crowley County 83.

The Indians likely could have moved up a spot or two if not for Brophy having to sit out because he did not make weight Saturday morning. The freshman won three tournament titles in December, and no doubt would have been in contention again last Saturday.

As it was, Trejo earned his third tournament title of the season, claiming the 138-pound title. The senior opened in the quarterfinals with a 13-1 major decision over Sam Wollert of County Line, then pinned Bryan Mendoza of Dumas in the third period (5:06) of their semifinal. He met Lamar’s Walker Kee in the championship, pinning the hometown grappler at the 5:15 for a gritty tournament championship.

“Gianni felt really good this weekend and performed really well,” Lynch said. “His championship match shows what a kid can do when they take advantage of extra workouts and work as hard as possible at practice.”

Lynch, a sophomore in his first season of high school wrestling, placed fourth at 195. He had a 26-second pin of Dumas’ Samuel Delarosa in the quarterfinals, lost by all in the semifinals, bounced back for a 9-6 decision over Jaime Sanchez of Dumas, then lost a 5-0 decision in the third-place match at Dawson Worley of Cheyenne Wells.

Daugherty placed sixth at 113. The freshman had two wins by pin, reaching the fifth-place match at the end of the day. Jaden Hansen took sixth at 152. The junior went 3-3, including a “loss by rule” in the fifth-place match as he already had reached his limit of five matches on the day. Two wins were second-period falls,m and a 6-4 decision.

Nearly all of the rest of the Yuma wrestlers earned at least one win. Braden Smith had two first-period pins at 126, Joey Ross picked up a win, by pin, at 120, Louden Blach had a win by pin at 132, Xavier Smith one win at 145, Alex Covarrubias one win at 160, and Manny Tena one win at 170. Roacho wrestled at 285, Bueno at 182, Apodaca at 160, and Will Marshall at 120.

“We were very pleased with how hard our kids fought to score points in the dual and at the tournament,” Lynch said.