Fourth place finish doesn't reflect results for Jaguars

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A strong showing by the Valencia wrestling team did not show in the final team standings at the Miyamura Invitational.

The Jaguars came in fourth in the meet held Saturday in Gallup, but defeated four of the five teams it faced head-to-head in the duals tournament.

And the Jags did it while forfeiting in four weight classes in all five duals, said coach Lorenzo Carrillo.

"Our finish was not indicative of our wrestling," he said. "We were giving up 24 points per dual match."

Valencia lost only to hosts Miyamura, going down 48-32, but beat Ruidoso 48-16, Gallup 57-24, Bloomfield 39-36 and a Piedra Vista mixed varsity/junior varsity team 45-30.

Miyamura came in first with Piedra Vista in second and Bloomfield in third.

"We wrestled extremely well," Carrillo said. "We wrestled 49 matches and only lost nine total. So I was very happy."

Jacob Pino (120) and Urbano Gonzalez (182) both went undefeated at the tournament, as did Nate Nash (152) and Joseph Barela (126), both of whom were coming back from shoulder injuries.

"It was nice to have them both back," Carrillo said. "They both continued to work in the room with their injuries, just working on their core or their legs. So it was good to see them out there again."

Four other wrestlers finished with 4-1 marks for the Jags Saturday — Randall Gomez (138), Joey Sanchez (106), Marco Gonzalez (160) and John Diego Archuleta (113), who wrestled up a weight class from his usual 106 spot.

It was a good rebound from the last weekend of the 2013 half of the season, which saw the Jags miss the second day of the APS Invitational at La Cueva High School due to a bus fire.

"The kids were let down after the La Cueva meet," Carrillo said. "That really hurt us. So it was good for us to bounce back and have a good weekend."

Carrillo said that the four weight divisions that were left vacant for the tournament — 145, 195, 220 and 285 pounds — were due to "disciplinary issues," such as missed practices over the holiday break.

Valencia next wrestles at the St. Michael's Invitational in Santa Fe this Friday and Saturday before hosting Los Lunas, Wednesday.

"We're looking to see how well we can score individually (this weekend)," Carrillo said.

The Jaguars wrestle at the Joe Vivian Classic next weekend at Cibola along with Los Lunas and Belen before meeting up with Valencia on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

The Tigers and Eagles head to the Moriarty Duals meet in Moriarty Saturday. Belen then travels to Santa Fe for a head-to-head dual match on Wednesday.