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WEEKEND ROUNDUP 2: Three local wrestlers make finals; baseball begins for LCC, NMHU

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Robertson’s wrestling team, missing grapplers at several weight classes, earned an 11th place finish in this past weekend’s annual Cardinal Classic, which brought 21 out-of-town schools to town for the two-day event.

The host Cardinals amassed 163.5 team points, getting edged out by Hobbs (173) and Santa Fe High (167) on the second day. West Las Vegas finshed 14th in the 24-team affair with 111.5 team points. The RHS junior varsity took 17th with 81 points, and Pecos was 20th with 43.

Los Lunas won the team title with 314.5 points, ahead of Silver (281), Belen (280) and Aztec (275), who waged a furious battle for second place.

It was a humbling weekend for the host Cardinals, although the team had two defending state champions reach the finals  of the Gold bracket.

Wally Diaz (140 lbs.) fell 3-1 in overtime against Jarred Pratt of Hobbs. Diaz and Pratt each scored an escape in regulation to create a 1-1 stalemate, and Pratt struck first in OT.

At the same time, Daniel Martinez (152) lost 4-2 to Carlsbad’s Chris Lara, who Martinez had beaten in the Moriarty Duals. Knotted up at 2-2 as time ran out on their third period, the match spilled into overtime. Neither wrestler scored until Lara managed to beat the buzzer with a takedown at the end of the sudden-death period.

Rosendo “Ross” Valdez gave West Las Vegas its lone Gold bracket finals appearance, losing in the 125-pound final. John Armijo (171) rebounded from an earlier defeat to win his last bout, the third-place match.

Pecos’ Jonathan Torrez finished third at 135.

Team results: 1. Los Lunas, 314.5; 2. Silver, 281; 3. Belen, 280; 4. Aztec, 275; 5. Carlsbad, 264; 6. Española Valley, 236; 7. Moriarty, 227; 8. Cobre, 200; 9. Hobbs, 175; 10. Santa Fe, 167; 11. Robertson, 163.5; 12. Roswell, 149; 13. Tucumcari, 131; 14. West Las Vegas, 111.5; 15. Goddard, 101; 16. Bernalillo, 92; 17. Robertson J.V., 81; 18. Los Alamos, 53; 19. Capital, 51; 20. Pecos, 43; 21. Taos, 39; 22. Peñasco, 34; 23. Grants, 29; 24. Academy, 7.

The Cardinals are scheduled to compete in an Albuquerque tournament this Friday and Saturday. The Dons are off.

Tucumcari hosts the district wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 14.

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Baseball season is under way for the New Mexico Highlands University Cowboys, who won two of four games in the University of Texas-Permian Basin Tournament over the weekend.

The Cowboys punctuated their trip to West Texas with an 8-7 win Monday night against tourney host UTPB.

Christian Garcia, Highlands’ new leadoff hitter, drove in David Bustillos for the winning run in the top of the eighth inning. Down to their last out, Garcia singled to second to get Bustillos in from third.

Gilbert Palacios picked up the pitching win for NMHU; Richard Nicasio got the save.

NMHU scored the game’s first five runs, including four in the first inning. The Falcons answered with three in the second and two in the fourth to tie it up.

The Cowboys pulled back ahead with two runs in the fifth. UTPB tied it again in the seventh.

Garcia finished 3 for 4 at the plate; Danny Brown went 3 of 5 with four runs batted in.

Earlier Monday, Highlands lost to Eastern New Mexico for the second time in the tournament, falling 7-0.

ENMU pitchers Russell Campbell and Doug McIntyre held the Cowboys to six hits.

Tyler Wichmann was tagged with the loss.

In Sunday games, NMHU lost 9-8 to the instate rival Greyhounds, then pummeled Sul Ross State 20-8.

Highlands led ENMU 8-4 but the Hounds rallied with five runs in their final at-bats, dealing Jake Wood a pitching defeat.

Jason Carr and Phillip Rodriguez drove in four runs apiece for the Cowboys in their rout of Sul Ross State. Kohoku Piho got the win on the mound.

Highlands led 17-2 through four innings.

Games were held in Midland and Odessa, Texas.

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Luna Community College (3-3) opened its baseball season with two series in the Phoenix area.

The Rough Riders split a Friday doubleheader at Paradise Valley Community College, losing the opener 11-9, then winning 5-2.

On Saturday, Luna won 4-2 before finishing with a 5-0 loss against the Pumas (2-2), who are in their first year.

Monday, LCC earned another split at Yavapai College (5-1), handing the similarly named Roughriders their first defeat of the young season. Luna edged Yavapai 5-4 and then fell 13-5 in the nightcap.

LCC and coach Peter Ortiz host Frank Phillips Junior College in this week’s home opener. A doubleheader begins at noon Thursday, followed by another twinbill at noon Friday.

Also beginning at noon Friday — the first-ever home softball games of Luna’s softball team, coached by Dawnette Garcia. Frank Phillips visits in a doubleheader.

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New Mexico Highlands’ Angella Graham improved on her own two-week-old school record with a 38-0.75 in the triple jump this past weekend in the University of New Mexico Multis track and field meet.

Graham had won the triple jump in a school-record 37-4 at the Lobo Opener on Jan. 21.

NMHU resultsfrom the UNM meet are as follows.

60-meter dash: 19. Candace St. Louis, 8.2; 23. Sabrina Best, 8.32.

60-meter hurdles: 9. Rashan Guillory, 9.85.

200-meter dash: 20. Candace St. Louis, 27.09; 25.Sabrina Best, 27.81; 26. Rashan Guillory, 28.15; 28. Brianne Kokayko, 29.0.

400-meter dash: 18. Sherry Ann Baggoo, 1:03.14; 19. Britney Sullivan, 1:09.46.

800-meter run: 12. Brieanna Roper, 2:31.45.

1-mile run: 12. Carolina Garcia, 6:00.10; 13. Nancy Anel, 6:20.54.

3,000-meter run: 8. Carolina Garcia, 11:52.31; 9. Sandra Martinez, 12:16.79; 10. Reyna Montano, 12:45.65.

5,000-meter run: 2. Ana Juarez, 21:56.91.

High jump: 10. Alexis Martin, 4-11.75.

Long jump: 3. Angella Graham, 38-0.75

Weight throw: 7. Ebonee Carter, 42-0.75.

Shot put: 8. Mesa Middleton, 37-5; 9. Ebonee Carter, 36-5; 11. Shayla Flores, 34-3.5; 13. Victoria Dominguez, 32-0.

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Donovan Troup, Jesse Feinsod, Luke McPeek and Jesse Boggs picked up individual wins for the New Mexico Highlands wrestling team, pushing host Fort Hays State in a 26-18 defeat on Friday in Hays, Kan.

The 133-pound Troup gave the Cowboys their first win in the dual meet, scoring first for a 5-3 decision over Travis Kuhn in sudden death overtime.

McPeek (197) pinned Ben Evans in 5:53 for six team points.

Feinsod defeated Shawn Kuhlman 7-2 in the 174-pound match.

Boggs earned a forfeit for six points at heavyweight to close the dual.

Highlands is 3-8-1 in duals and 1-3-1 against RMAC foes.

Coach Doug Moses and the Cowboys host Adams State on Thursday night and Chadron State on Friday.