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Cards win Jag invite

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Daniel Martinez earned Outstanding Middleweight Wrestler honors — not to mention a 160-pound championship — in this past Friday’s 21st annual Jaguar Invitational, now a one-day event.

In all, six Cardinals won individual titles, helping Robertson cruise to a team championship with 250.5 team points, ahead of Goddard, Santa Fe High and host Capital.

Richard Montoya (103 lbs.), James Gonzales (125), Jeremy Valdez (135), Troy Estrada (145), and heavyweight Gabe Lovato joined Martinez in winning their weight classes.

Dominic Yara (130) fell to Capital’s Isaiah Anaya in the finals. Johnathan Lucero (152) also was a runner-up, losing to Santa Fe’s Anthony Abeyta.

Robertson had several other medalists: Matthew Gurule (third at 189), Dominic Lucero (fourth at 119), Michael Casados (fourth at 140), Joe Crespin (fourth at 215), and Sam Marquez (fourth at 275).

West Las Vegas had four wrestlers bring home hardware.

Brandon Maddux, West’s 112-pounder, made it to the finals, losing to Santa Fe’s Alex George. Jayvis Medrano and Brandon Chavez each finished with a win and placed third at 171 and heavyweight, respectively. William Lopez was fourth at 135.

The Dons compete in the Tucumcari Rattler Invite this weekend, while Robertson is at the Amarillo (Texas) Duals.