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Don wrestlers 4th in Trinidad

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Helped by a couple of wrestlers who reached the championship matches in their weight classes, the West Las Vegas wrestling team snagged fourth place in the 12-team Trinidad Invitational over the weekend in Trinidad, Colo.

Dumas (Texas) came out on top in the team standings amid a close battle among the top four teams. Dumas amassed 148 team points to edge La Junta (Colo.), 143; Trinidad, 142; and West Las Vegas, 141.

The Dons’ 103-pounder, eighth-grader Brandon Maddax, compiled a 3-1 record and reached the finals. He lost a 9-5 decision to La Junta senior Drew Romero, noted WLV coach Robert Alarcon.

Conrad Mares, who wrestles at 152, also made it to the championship round, going 3-1. He lost in the final to La Junta’s Josh Del Rio.

A couple other Dons also racked up 3-1 records in Saturday’s tournament.

Rosendo “Ross” Valdez (125 lbs.) lost to Cisco Rivera from the tough Dumas team in his last match.

And Lorenzo Morales (171 lbs.) took third place with a 3-1 mark, scoring the fastest pin of the tournament with a 22-second victory over Miguel in the third-place bout.

A few other West wrestlers fared well, with two of them — Ryan Aragon and George Martinez — sustaining injuries that brought about early exits from the brackets.

Aragon suffered a broken nose and was withdrawn from the 145-pound draw; he finished 2-2.

Martinez made it to the consolation final at 140 but was knocked out of the event after enduring what was believed to be a mild concussion.

“George was wrestling pretty decent to that point,” Alarcon said.

Another Don grappler who went 2-2 was Caleb Marquez.

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Robertson, which competed in weekend duals in Aztec and Belen, will host its annual Cardinal Classic tournament this Friday and Saturday at Mike Marr Gym.