RHS grapplers travel to big El Paso showdown to compete in mat mayhem
One thing you can say about Ruidoso athletes, they're not afraid to go up against most anyone -- big, small or otherwise. The Warrior wrestling team epitomizes that statement.
Friday, the local grappling squad journeyed to Bowie High School in El Paso for a huge confrontational tournament with 32 total teams in attendance for the two-day affair. Most of the teams participating were from Texas. All the athletes wrestled in brackets.
Head RHS wrestling coach David Shriver took seven wrestlers representing as many weight class. Competing at Bowie High School were: Dillon Marshall in the 113-pound weight class; Cody Barry, 132-pound class; Joey Marshall, 145; Robert Frizzell, 138; Connor McGuire, 160; Kaylen Chavez, 182 and heavyweight, Elijah Yazza.
"We knew it would be a tough tournament -- and it was," Shriver said. "I'm extremely proud of how we wrestled. We competed more enthusiasm in El Paso. That was evident by how quickly the boys moved on the mats and the execution of their moves."
The hometown boys came up against some strong, seasoned wrestlers early in the bracket from such places as Hanks, Franklin and Coronado (El Paso).
"The learning process continues," Shriver said. "We're showing a great deal of improvement."
Kaylen Chavez, in the 182-pound class, went 3-2 in the tournament and made it to the second day competitions. Three other RHS grapplers got knocked out in the final
round of Friday's matches and evened out their record at the event with a 2-2 showing.
"We wrestled well but came up against some good athletes," Shriver explained. "There's no hiding things out on the mat. Everybody can see it. It makes for a good learning experience. You know what you did well, and what you did poorly."
This Saturday, local fans will have the chance to see the hometown boys in action.
The well-known, annual Sierra Blanca Invitational will take center stage at RHS and begin at 10 a.m. It will continue throughout the day until finished. A total of 10 teams will attend. Besides Ruidoso, the teams who will participate will be well-respected Cobre, Roswell, Goddard, Hobbs, Tucumcari, Las Cruces, Mayfield, Centennial and O ate (Las Cruces).
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