CHS wrestlers at Las Cruces TournamentBy Don EskinsThe Cavemen grapplers opened up the 2021-22 wrestling season with a bang last weekend. The Big Blue downed Piedra Vista 60-21 in a dual meet on Friday and then moved on to dominate a ten team field, in their own Cavern City Invitational, on Saturday. “Our kids were so excited to get out on the mats. It was an incredible feeling for all of us,” said CHS wrestling head coach Joe Bach. “And what better way for our kids to open the new season than to be competing at home, in front of their fans.”Four Cavemen grapplers walked off of the mat at the Cavern City Invitational with individual tournament titles. Picking up first place trophies in the round robin tourney were:Marcus Najera-113lbs (5-0): 1. won by fall over Wylie Casson of Ruidoso in 1:21; 2. won by fall over El Paso Burges Elijah Priego in 1:51; 3. won by fall over Roswell’s Joziah Cabrales in 1:15; won by 19-5 major decision over Hagan Crockett of Artesia; and 5. won by fall over Clovis’ Cannon Oaks in 1:54.Logan Romero-126 lbs (4-0): 1. received first round bye; 2. won by fall over Jerry Romero from Roswell in 0:37; 3. won by fall over Piedra Vista’s Dylan McCoy in 0:36; 4. won by fall over Jacob Perez from El Paso Hanks in 0:27 and 5. won by fall over Arick Serrano of Hobbs in 1:45.Jesse Rodriguez-160 (5-0); 1. won by fall over Kavika Gonzalez of El Paso Hanks in 0:39; 2. won by fall over Roswell’s Keegan Nichols in 1:10; 3. won by fall over Richard Cannon (Carlsbad JV)in 2:33; 4. won by fall over Ivan Solorzano (Carlsbad JV) in 0:42; 5. won 5-0 decision over Trey Valdez of Piedra Vista. Rodriguez drew a special honor for his performance at the tournament by being named as the Cavern City Invitational ‘Most Outstanding Wrestler.’Jesse Fuentes-195 (4-0); 1. received a first round bye; 2. won by fall over Hobbs’ Jesse Chavez in 4:35; 3. won by fall over Piedra Vista’s Noah Valencia in 2:23; 4. won by fall over Moises Rodriguez of Roswell in 0:38; 5. won by fall over Noah Valencia of Piedra Vista in 3:42. Just missing out one of the tourney’s top individual awards was Caveman Luke Waters who, at 145 lbs., placed second after finishing out the tournament at 4-1.Although the Cavegirls didn’t register any firsts in the Cavern City Invitational three girls did place second. They were Rosalia Rubio-107 (4-1), Aubrey Owens-114 (3-1) and Mya Cornejo-126 (2-1).“Our girls wrestled well at our tournament,” said Bach. “And they’re only going to get better as the season moves along.”The Cavemen will be competing in the Las Cruces Invitatioanl today and tomorrow, Dec. 10 and 11. The Cavegirls will take to the mats on Saturday.“This should be a really good meet for our kids,” said Bach. “We expect to see somewhere around twenty teams there. Our kids are looking forward to the challenges they’ll see there.”Cavern City Invitational ResultsCavemen Wrestling113-Marcus Najera 1st (5-0); 126-Logan Romero 1st (4-0); 132-Francisco Calderon 4th (3-2); 145-LukeWaters 2nd (4-1); 152-Auturo Estrada 5th (3-2);160-Jesse Rodriguez 1st (5-0); 170-Octavio Rameriz 3rd (3-2); 195-Jake Fuentes 1st (4-0); 220-Merced Rubio 3rd (2-2); 285-Nathan Lewis 3rd (3-1).Cavegirl Wrestling107-Rosalia Rubio 2nd (4-1);107-Madeline Haston 5th (1-4); 107-Andrea Rameriz 6th (0-5); 114-Neyra Miranda 5th (2-2); ); 114-Aubrey Owens 2nd (3-1); 126-Mya Cornejo 2nd (2-1); 132-Abriana Montoya 3rd (2-2); 165-Danica Medina 5th (0-4).Cavemen Junior Varsity106-Justin Owens 2nd (1-1); 120-Alexsander West 2nd (3-1); 132-Hunter Harkness 2nd (3-2); 132-Gerimiah West 5th (3-2); 132-Ivan Venegas 7th (1-4); 138-Ethan Powell 2nd (4-1); 145-Hector Vasquez 7th (0-4); 152-Zander Lopez 6th (1-4); 160-Richard Cannon 7th (2-3); 160-Ruben Garcia 8th (1-4); 160-Ivan Solorzano 10th (0-5); 170-Zach Bell 4th (2-3); 220-Isaac Falcon 7th (0-4).CHS Swimmers host Christmas Invitational
The Cavemen and Cavegirl swim teams will be hosting the ‘CHS Christmas Invitational’ on Saturday, Dec. 11. Competition gets underway at 12:00 noon.“This is going to be a really nice meet for everyone,” said CHS swim coach Moranda Madero. “Being so close to the holidays also makes it very special.” This year’s field, along with CHS, includes Lovington, Lubbock, Artesia, Alamogordo and Gateway Christian.Idle last week, Madero says her kids are anxious to get back in the water to compete.“We’re all really looking forward to competing again,” said Madero. “And the meet should be very challenging for both our boys and girls teams.”“On the boys side Zechariah Char wasn’t able to compete with us in our meet at Clovis, but he’s been doing some great things in the water, so I’m anxious to see how well he does,” said the CHS coach. “And on the girls side, I think we’re going to see some great races, especially from Artesia. They have some very strong girls entered in the relays. They should provide a good test for our 200 medley relay team, but our girlsare up for the challenge.” Go Cavemen and Cavegirls!