Regional tourney next for Pirate wrestlers

The regular wrestling season is over.

Let the new season begin.

As in the tournament season — with regional and state competition looming in the next two weeks.

Pirate wrestlers went 1-1 in dual meets to end the regular season and their preparation for the all-important post-season action, beating Bayfield 38-27 and losing to Bloomfield, N.M. 31-43

The win over Bayfield gave Pagosa second place in the Intermountain League, behind Centauri and ahead of Bayfield and Monte Vista.

On the way to the win over the Wolverines, the Pirates collected points on forfeits at 103 and 112 pounds.

Steven Smith continued to sharpen up for regional action at 119 with a 13-5 win over Garrett Tyrell.

Senior Caleb Pringle earned a 12-8 decision over Tanner McGhehey at 130.

The Pirates dominated Bayfield in the upper weights, beginning at 160.

Waylon Lucero got a win at 160, beating Brendan Harrison 8-5 .

Mike Smith defeated Jeff Huffmeyer at 171, with a 17-5 major decision.

Joe DuCharme moved up in weight from his accustomed 160 to 189 to battle Marcus Eckstein and got the 12-6.

Clint Mazanares got a win by fall at 215, in overtime, over Cody Towning.

Preston Sandoval edged out a 2-0 decision over Nicolai Syse at 285.

Pagosa traveled to Bloomfield to wrap up the regular season schedule against the Bobcats — one of the better teams in northern New Mexico.

With Steven Smith sitting out the match due a bout of flu, the Pirates were shorthanded in the New Mexico battle.

Pringle scored an 11-9 decision over Jose Martinez, at 130.

Cole Mastin beat Michael Archibeque 23-10 at 140.

Lucero got another dual meet win at 152 pinning Seth Bobswell at 5 minutes, 40 seconds.

DuCharme returned to 160 and got the win by fall at 3:41 over John Doktor.

Mike Smith moved up to 189 and got six more points, pinning Geno Atencio at 1:28.

“These were a couple of good tune-up duals with two good teams,” said Pirate Coach Dan Janowsky, looking at the competition as preparation for this weekend’s regional qualifying tournament. “We’re showing some improvement and building some momentum. Waylon (Lucero) picked up two wins this week and is showing improvement. Clint (Manzanares) and Preston (Sandoval) had big wins for us against Bayfield and Joe’s (DuCharme’s) win at 189 tipped the Bayfield dual our way.

“The loss to Bloomfield was more positive than one might think, because we had improved performances from nearly everyone. Bloomfield is the top team in northern New Mexico at present.”

And, now, the Pirates head for Centauri, to perhaps the toughest regional tourney in the state, out of which only the top four athletes in each weight class stay alive to fight another week.

Several of the state’s top Class 3A teams will compete in this Region 4 fray, including the host Falcons, Florence, the Pirates, Monte Vista and Bayfield. Centauri is currently the No. 1-ranked 3A team; Florence, No. 3; Pagosa, No. 8; Monte Vista, No. 10; and Bayfield, No. 11. Also at the tourney will be Trinidad, Rye, Platte Canyon, Manitou Springs, Dolores Huerta and Colorado Springs Christian.

SUN photo/Pat Artis
Pagosa’s Tino Lister and Bayfield’s Cody Butero tangle in a 135-pound match last week as the Pirates forged a dual meet win to capture second place in the Intermountain League standings. The Pirates take to the road this weekend for the Region 4 tournament. The top four wrestlers in each weight class qualify for the state Class 3A tournament in Denver Feb. 19-21.