Eagle wrestlers don’t get much mat time in dual

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Not many Belen Eagles got mat time in Tuesday’s 58-3 dual win at West Mesa. However, a couple of those who did get matches got valuable experience.

News-Bulletin file photo: Belen’s Stephen Barba, top, wrestles in a December tournament. Barba won by pin in Tuesday’s dual at West Mesa. BHS will compete at the West Las Vegas quads on Saturday, and will host a 7 p.m. dual Wednesday against Bernalillo.

In a dual that only featured five contested matches, the Eagles only lost the 113-pound match, winning by forfeit at four different weights. There were four double-forfeits.

In the closest match of the night, Belen’s C.J. Gonzales wrestled up one weight class and beat Jacob Smith at 145 pounds by a 3-0 score.

Anthony Burgueño beat Andre Ortiz in the 152-pound match, 8-1. At 160 pounds, Danny Chavez scored a major decision over Mark Luis, 13-2. Ricky Martinez, at 170 pounds, and Stephen Barba, at 220, both won with second-round pins.

Brandon Montiel (106 pounds), Phillip Gonzales (126), Matthew Lucero (132) and Jeremiah Garcia (285) won by forfeit. Wyatt Robinson and Kaiden Palacio were ill and missed the dual.

“I’m really pleased with the guys who got to wrestle,” said BHS coach Lee Chaves. “West Mesa has tough, physical kids, and our guys matched their toughness.”

The dual was postponed from its original Jan. 24 date because the Mustangs’ numbers were even lower at that time.

Belen was planning on attending a meet at Los Lunas High this weekend, but the event was canceled.

Fortunately, the Eagles were able to add two more competitions to their schedule. BHS will compete at the West Las Vegas quads on Saturday, and will host a 7 p.m. dual Wednesday against Bernalillo.

The Eagles are preparing for the District 6-4A championships, to be held at around 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Miyamura High in Gallup.

The top four qualifiers in each weight class will advance to the state championships, held Feb. 17-18 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.