Wrestlers in the spotlight one more time
It is already the end of the home season for the Yuma High School wrestling team.
The Indians host Akron tonight, January 10, in their final appearance in The Pit this season. They also had two home dates in December.
The spotlight will be dropped again tonight one last time. Spotlight wrestling at YHS made it debut in December and has been a big hit with the wrestlers and the fans.
It will help add to the pageantry of the Pack the Pit and Parents’ Night.
It begins at 5 p.m. as at least a few junior high wrestlers from Yuma and Akron will square off on the mat. The junior high wrestling season has just begun in Yuma, so YHS head coach Rory Lynch said he was not sure how many would be ready for a match tonight.
The last dual of the season also means it is the Chuck Brophy Memorial Dual. There will be a recognition of the late Chuck Brophy and his family at 5:45, followed by the Parents’ Night recognition at 6. Junior varsity matches will begin at 6:45, followed by the varsity dual.
“Akron has some pretty tough kids, so I’m hoping it’s a fun competitive dual,” Lynch said.
The Indians then will be heading out later Friday for Lamar, where they will compete in a tournament on Saturday. It is always a challenging field, including teams from out of state, so the Indians definitely will get tested in the deep southeastern corner of the state.
Yuma came back from the Christmas break last Saturday, competing in the Brush Invitational.
“We did quite a bit over the Christmas break, we got in there whenever we were allowed,” Lynch said. “We had good attendance last week. It paid off because we looked better.”
The Indians finished second in the team standings with 138.5 points. Loveland won the team title with 175. Brush was third with 124 points, followed by Strasburg with 71, Highland 66, Holyoke 53, Kiowa 49, Palmer 43 and Resurrection Christian 39.
“As a coach you’re always wishing that we would have won some of those close ones, but we did wrestle well,” Lynch said.
Two of the 11 schools invited to the tournament backed out, leaving only nine schools in Brush. That helped result in some weights being low on numbers, particularly 182 where two of the three wrestlers were Indians, and at 220, where two of the four in the bracket were Yuma grapplers.
“It was disappointing some kids got only two matches, but we had a good tournament overall,” Lynch said.
Sophomore Blaze Brophy led the way, winning the 132-pound title. He opened tourney action with a win by fall (3 minutes, 56 seconds) over Melvin Hernandez of Brush. He followed with another win by pin (4:4) over Remington Hielscher of Holyoke.
Brophy ran into Highland’s Dante Chirichango of Highland in the championship match. Chirichango is the No. 2-ranked wrestler in 2A at 132, but Brophy, ranked No. 6, took care of business with a 5-3 decision. (Rankings courtesy of On the Mat Rankings by Tim Yount.)
Braden Smith took second at 126. The sophomore got a pin and a 15-3 major decision to reach the final, where lost a 5-0 decision to Isaac Lujan of Loveland.
Yahir Trejo also reached the finals at 152. He won by pin and a 3-1 decision before losing by fall to Wyatt Walts of Kiowa in the first-place match.
Alex Covarrubias got a win by fall in the semifinals at 160, before losing by fall to Holyoke’s Luis Chafino in the championship match.
Tarren McDonald and Jaden Hansen both wrestled at 182. The seniors lost to Loveland’s Kouper McQuigg, and then Hansen pinned McDonald.
John Smith took second at 106, winning by technical fall in the semifinals before losing by fall to Loveland’s Kobi Johnson.
Alec Holtorf went 2-1 while placing third at 120. Both his wins were by pin, and his loss int eh semifinals was by a 5-3 decision to Brush’s Erick Urbina.
Jose Ruize went 1-1 while placing second at 285, and Christian Quezada went 1-1 to place third.
Lars Sims had a good run at 285, going 3-1 to place third. His two wins came by pin, including his last two in 18 and 55 seconds, respectively.
Joey Ross picked up a win at 145, and Brandon Mendoza one win at 285. Will Marshall wrestled at 132, Jesus Sanchez at 138, Louden Blach at 145, Xavier Smith at 152, and Cayden Lynch at 195.
Girls competed in Bennett
The YHS girls wrestlers competed in the Bennett Women’s Invitational, last Saturday.
Fatima Duran won two of her three matches decided on the match (she also had a forfeit win) at 118 pounds. She won by fall over in 44 seconds over Maddison Walton of Chatfield, and won by fall in 59 seconds over Elisa Abeyta of Vista PEAK. She lost her last match by fall at the 2:41 mark.
Mia Dischner won her first two matches at 185. She pinned Victoria Balderamma of Skyview in 2:57 and Faith Brockman of Eaglecreast in 3:53. She then lost her next three matches, all by fall.
Ximena Garcia wrestled at 118, and Tiana McCasland at 147, both getting in two matches.