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NMHU big man fourth in Wyoming

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By Dave Kavanaugh

New Mexico Highlands heavyweight Jesse Boggs — a national qualifier in 2008-09 — started his senior campaign right. Boggs finished fourth in the elite division of Saturday’s University of Wyoming Open in Laramie, Wyo.

Boggs went 3-2 to lead the NMHU wrestling team’s effort in its season debut.

He opened the tourney with a 4-3 decision over Steve Larson of Air Force and a 6-4 win over Patrick Carey, unattached. Western State’s Charlie Alexander — the eventual champion — dealt Boggs his first loss, a 3-2 verdict. Boggs came back to beat Nebraska-Kearney’s Ben Hohensee, reaching the third-place match. In that bout, Justin Tuell of Northern Colorado pinned him in 2:22.

Highlands and coach Doug Moses also got strong performances from 149-pounder Trey Saxon and 165-pounder Jarrod Purvis, also in the elite brackets. Saxon went 1-2, losing 7-5 in overtime to Rocco DePaolo of UNC. Purvis lost his opener 6-2 to Joe Stafford of Air Force. But he pinned Jim Smith of Montana State and beat Chadron State’s Justin Dekok 5-3 before losing to UNC’s Tanner Welks via pinfall.

Former Robertson High state champ Zach Armijo was 1-2 in the 149-pound amateur division.