Silver mettle

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Though they fielded wrestlers in just 10 of 14 weight classes, Robertson went a respectable 3-4 in the year-ending Silver Duals.

Each of the Cardinal grapplers won at least once, and six posted winning records in the event, held last week in Silver City.

Daniel Martinez (152 lbs.) went 7-0, recording early falls in every match. Johnathan Lucero (140) continued a strong start, going 6-1. Estevan Baca (215) also compiled a 6-1 record.

The Cardinals, coached by Richard Martinez, opened the event by beating Las Cruces 42-31 and El Paso’s El Dorado 40-36. They lost to Farmington 45-29, to Silver 45-33, and to Kirtland Central 51-21. Robertson rebounded with a 36-30 win over Roswell before falling to Piedra Vista 45-30.

Individual RHS results: Paul Trujillo (103) was 3-3; James Gonzales (119) went 3-2; Carlos “Chip” Ortiz (125) was 4-3; Michael Casaus (135) went 2-4; Johnathan Lucero (140) was 6-1; Daniel Martinez (152) went 7-0; Coy Dolan (160) was 1-6; Zach Silva (189) went 4-2; Estevan Baca (215) was 6-1; and heavyweight Sam Marquez went 4-3.

Robertson surrendered forfeits at 112, 130, 145 and 171. Coach Martinez said that while his charges have done well, being shorthanded continues to hurt in team scoring.

The team competes in another duals event this coming weekend in Moriarty. Meanwhile, West Las Vegas wrestles in the St. Michael’s tournament in Santa Fe.