Highlands' Feinsod leads wrestlers' Sin City effort

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Cardinals, Dons also have good individual placings

By Dave Kavanaugh

New Mexico Highlands 174-pounder Jesse Feinsod snared fifth place in the prestigious Cliff Keen Invitational Saturday in Las Vegas, Nev., continuing a strong start to his senior season.

Overall, the Cowboy wrestling team placed 25th of 48 teams. NMHU amassed 31 team points.

Nebraska (124.5 points), Cornell, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Purdue and Michigan — winner of three of the last four Cliff Keen tourneys — were the top six.

The field included 19 nationally ranked teams, including 12 from NCAA Division I, and nearly three dozen total teams from D-I.

NMHU results are as follows:


Nick Maestas lost by pin to Wes Fike, Indiana, 3:42; lost 19-3 to Ryker Vandertoolen, Western Wyoming.


Donovan Troup lost 16-3 to Lester Brown, North Idaho; lost 8-3 to Cory Dunn, Sacred Heart.


Kasey Urquhart lost by pin to Jeff Newby, Utah Valley, 4:30; lost 18-3 to Grant Overcashier, Brown.


Trey Saxon lost 16-9 to Corey Bleaken, Cumberland; lost 13-11 to Grant Daffin, Cornell.


Jarrod Purvis lost 3-2 to Thad Zempel, Western Wyoming; defeated Quinton Godley, North Carolina State, 5-2; defeated Blake Hodne, Dakota Wesleyan, 5-1; lost by pin to Paul Young, Indiana, :45.


Jesse Feinsod won by 17-2 decision over Bryan Panzano, Harvard; lost 15-4 to No. 2 seed and eventual runner-up Brandon Browne, Nebraska; defeated Shannon Fettig, North Dakota State, 15-0; defeated Anthony Trongone, Virginia Tech, 8-3; defeated Byron Sigmon, UNC-Greensboro, 8-1; pinned Shane Riccio, Bucknell, 5:24; lost 3-2 to Kurt Brenney, West Virginia; defeated Steve Bosak, Cornell, 11-0, in fifth-place match. Placed fifth with a 6-2 record.


Andrew Roden lost by pin to No. 4 seed and eventual fifth-place finisher A.J. Kissel, Purdue, 2:19; lost by pin to Vince Jones, Nebraska, 1:37.


Luke McPeek lost by pin to Abe Otrambo, California-Davis, :35; pinned Jay Hahn, Bucknell, 6:36; defeated Todd Casselman, Dakota Wesleyan, 12-0; pinned Patrick Bond, Illinois, 7:36; lost 15-10 to Adam Fager, Utah Valley.


Jesse Boggs pinned John Forrester, North Idaho, 2:36; pinned Rusty Farnsworth, Western Wyoming, 5:20; lost by pin to No. 4 seed Ryan Flores, Columbia, :52; defeated Bill Beiermeister, Sacred Heart; lost to Mike Sprigg, Army, 7-3.

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In its first event of the season, the Robertson wrestling team finished 11th among two dozen squads in Rio Rancho’s annual Southwest Duals on Friday and Saturday.

The Cardinals scored wins over Pueblo (Colo.) Central, 42-36; Franklin (Texas), 42-33; Santa Fe High, 49-6; and Amarillo Tascosa (Texas), 37-34. They lost to Los Lunas, 54-22; Safford (Ariz.), 46-21; Sand Creek (Colo.), 40-27; and Mesa Ridge (Colo.), 39-36.

RHS competed in just 10 of 14 weight classes, fielding a team that included Charlie Armijo, Carlos “Chip” Ortiz, Miguel Garcia, Joseph Dominguez, Wally Diaz, Troy Estrada, Daniel Martinez, Dmitri Almanzar, Estevan Vigil and Zack Silva.

Martinez (152 lbs.) beat a three-time Arizona state champ and earned all-tourney selection, and Dominguez went 7-1 with seven pins, noted head coach Richard Martinez.

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West Las Vegas had two wrestlers — 189-pounder Manuel Silva and 145-pounder Jayvis Medrano — medal in Saturday’s Sandia Invite. Silva was third and Medrano fourth. Only five Dons competed in the Albuquerque tourney, amassing 51 team points, said WLV assistant coach Fabian Montaño.