Some Tiger wrestlers have gutsy performances in dual

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Even though the Los Lunas wrestling team didn’t pull off a win in its dual against Atrisco Heritage Academy on Wednesday, several positive things happened for the Tigers.

The 45-32 loss showed both the strength of Atrisco and some holes the Tigers need to fill, but it also showed the depth Los Lunas has this season, especially at some of the lower weights.

Jason W. Brooks-News-Bulletin photo: Los Lunas freshman Adreanna Truesdell, top, battles Tristan Ortiz of Atrisco Heritage in Wednesday’s season-opening dual. Truesdell nearly pulled off a win in the next-to-last match of the night, as Atrisco defeated the Tigers, 45-32.

Los Lunas is set to host the Tiger Duals on Saturday, with the first matches to take place at about 9 a.m. The 12-team, one-day tournament is set to include such powers as Belen, Mayfield and Rio Grande.

“We bumped a few kids up one weight class,” said Los Lunas coach Steve Chavez. “We’re a little depleted (football players haven’t reported yet), but it’s still real early.”

One of the many highlights of Wednesday’s dual was the 120-pound match, which basically decided the team scoring. With Atrisco up 36-32 and only two matches left, Tiger freshman Adreanna Truesdell stepped onto the mat with the Jaguars’ Tristan Ortiz, making her the first girl to compete for a Valencia County varsity squad in many years.

Truesdell lost to Ortiz, 8-5, allowing Atrisco to go up 39-32, and the Tigers’ Ricardo Alvarado had to retire from the final match, at 138 pounds, with an apparent head injury.

The Tiger freshman, Truesdell, made Ortiz earn his win. She trailed 2-0 after one period and 6-2 after two periods, working mostly from the bottom. But she got a three-point near-fall in the final 30 seconds, and nearly pinned Ortiz, before the Jaguar got a reversal with 18 seconds left, and he hung on.

“Once he got the first takedown, I knew I had to get to my feet,” said Truesdell, whose older brothers, George and Charles, are football players who will move over to wrestling soon. “You can’t ever, ever give up in this sport.”

Some Tigers who have never been varsity regulars had impressive performances. Michael Freeman won by technical fall at 106 pounds, and Tristen Rasp pinned his 170-pound opponent after some work.

The Tigers don’t have many of their veterans available due to the LLHS football team’s deep playoff run. However, some seasoned Tigers were in action Wednesday.

Senior Gabe Alvarado chipped away in earning an 11-2 major decision at 138 pounds. Freshman Mark Hussey got a third-period pin of Atrisco’s James Romero at 195.

Ed Rios, the Tigers’ 113-pounder, and 160-pound wrestler Patrick Guera each won by forfeit.

Not only are the Tigers missing several football players, including state champion Isaac Parra, but have other lineup sorting to do as well. For instance, the Tigers’ lone 2011-12 state finalist, Miguel Alvarado, was not certified at any weight in time for Wednesday’s dual.

“We expected a tough dual from Los Lunas,” said Atrisco coach Lorenzo Martinez. “They’re so deep. They look to be in mid-season form already.”


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