Trinidad (Colo.) gave up three weight classes via forfeit on Friday afternoon; host West Las Vegas gave up four.
There wasn’t much difference otherwise in a competitive dual meet between the Miners and Dons. Trinidad took a 48-36 verdict in the team scoring before a crowd of more than a hundred fans at West Las Vegas Middle School.
While most wrestling events’ focus is on the individual matches, the team scoring had a drama all its own in a back-and-forth battle.
Trinidad’s Justin Maldonado (103 lbs.) opened the proceedings with a second-period pin of A.J. Armijo.
West took control when Estevan Lucero (113) pinned Vince Santistevan in the second, and then Dons 120-pounder Brandon Maddux collected a forfeit victory.
However, the Miners regained the lead with forfeits at 125 and 130.
West’s Frankie Gonzalez had a stirring fall against Richard Peña at 138 before Trinidad’s Brandon Madrid pinned Spencer Cole in the first period at 145.
After West’s Andres Lujan (152) accepted a forfeit win, teammate Fernando Lopez (160) prevailed via pin over Damien Montoya.
The squads traded forfeits in the next two classes — Trinidad 170-pounder Jeremiah Torrez and WLV 182-pøunder Dillon Encinias had their arms raised — to keep the team score tight.
But the Miners closed with first-period pins (Oscar Torrez over Sal Lopez at 195 and Brian Shaw over Richard Pacheco at 220) and picked up a forfeit at heavyweight (Ray Riggins).
It was a rare home appearance for the Dons and first-year head coach Joel Luna, who are slated to visit Trinidad for a tournament next Saturday.
Robertson, which competed in this past weekend’s Joe Vivian Classic in Albuquerque, will also be there.