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Amarillo a test for young Cards

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Looking to toughen his team, Robertson wrestling coach Richard Martinez added a duals tournament in Amarillo, Texas, to the schedule this year.

Wins were difficult to come by in the event, held this past week, but count the Cardinals tougher for the experience.

Three-time state champion Daniel Martinez (152 lbs.) went 5-1, his first loss of the season coming in a dual against Altus (Okla.), one of the top Class 5A teams in Oklahoma. Also going 5-1 was Jonathan Lucero (140 lbs.), whose lone loss was against Altus. “Jonathan really stepped it up this weekend,” said Coach Martinez.

As a team, Robertson beat host Amarillo Tascosa 42-36 but lost four other dual meets. Altus won 69-6; Borger (Texas) won 45-36; Liberal (Kans.) won 54-19; and Hereford (Texas) won 39-30. RHS tied 36-36 with Vernon (Texas). In each case, the shorthanded Cards wrestled with four to six classes vacant.

Martinez said Altus was especially impressive: “They’re solid from top to bottom.”

RHS 171-pounder Estevan Vigil was the only Cardinal to break through for a win against Altus, evading a fall to outscore his opponent.

Vigil finished 3-3 in the event. Also 3-3 were Paul Trujillo (103), James Gonzales (119), Michael Casaus (130) and Zach Silva (189). Carlos Ortiz (125) finished 2-3; Dominic Yara (112) was 1-5; and heavyweight Sam Marquez was pulled early.