Morenci wrestlers head to Thatcher Multi meet Dec. 11, slip past Redskins on final bout during prior dual

Raymundo Frasquillo Photo/Gila Herald: Senior Calvin Dunning works on getting an advantage on his Saint Johns’ opponent during a Dec. 10 home dual meet. He has pinned all four opponents faced in two meets.

By Raymundo Frasquillo

THATCHER – Morenci will be heading to its third duals competition of the season, the Thatcher Multi meet Dec. 11. Thus far, the Wildcats have been able to field a full team or an entrant in each of the 14 weight classes.

Trailing 35-36 with one match remaining, the 5-0 Wildcats slipped past Saint Johns 39-36 on the final bout Tuesday, Dec. 10. Sophomore 152-pounder Cody Torres (5-0, 1 pin) posted a 10-2 major decision to vault the Wildcats over the Redskins. He led 2-1 after the first period but went ahead to stay on a 6-1 second period, scoring an escape, takedown, and near fall.

Raymundo Frasquillo Photo/Gila Herald: Sophomore Cody Torres erupted for six second period points en route to a 10-2 major decision. His win allowed the 5-0 Wildcats to post a 39-36 dual win over Saint Johns on Dec. 10.

Morenci earned 21 points by winning four of 11 head-to-head bouts, two by pins, one by technical fall (15 or more points), and one by a major decision. The losses were five by pin and two by decision (seven or fewer points). The Wildcats were also awarded 18 points on three forfeit wins.

Seventh-year Morenci head Coach Casey Woodall will down-play the win and say it is all preparation for the state qualifying meet later in the season. There is a great deal of work to be done until then. A set line-up is not in place yet. Individuals are in the process of gaining experience and earning a starting berth.

Seniors Steven Roybal (182, 5-0, 3 pins) and Omar Ortega (285, 5-0, 2 pins), and freshman Jordan Fernandez (106, 5-0, 3 pins) also are 5-0 in duals.

Roybal’s record includes three pins plus two forfeit wins; Ortega’s’ two pins, a 4-1 decision plus two forfeit wins, and Fernandez’ three pins plus two forfeit wins.

Five other Wildcats are also unbeaten in dual meets, senior Calvin Dunning (126, 4-0, 4 pins), junior Marcus Leonard (120, 3-0, 2 pins), sophomore Martin Smith (120, 2-0, 1 pin), freshman Jaeden Seballos (113, 2-0, 1 pin), and junior Conrad Aguallo (126, 1-0, 1 pin).

Three Wildcats have a lone loss in five bouts, senior Carlos Bray (132, 4-1, 2 pins) and sophomores Shawn Hudman (138, 4-1, 3 pins) and Brenden Enriquez (145, 4-1, 2 pins).

Raymundo Frasquillo Photo/Gila Herald: Senior Omar Ortega remained unbeaten in three head-to-head bouts and is one of four Wildcats with a 5-0 record.

Others in the program and their early marks are sophomore Richard Trott III (170, 3-1, 1 pin), senior Dominick Gonzales (220, 1-1), juniors Joseph Hernandez (220, 2-1, 1 pin), sophomore Kaden Summer (152, 2-1), freshman Louie Lucero (113, 2-1, 1 pin), junior Jarret Saiz (160, 1-1, 1 pin), freshman Arthur Rodriguez (195, 2-2, 1 pin), and freshman Andrew Castillo (179, 0-1).

Benson Multi

Morenci left the Benson Multi with a 4-0 record Dec. 4, topping Bisbee 80-0, Saint David 84-0, Benson 56-23, and Tombstone 77-6. The Wildcats fielded an entrant in each of the 14 weight classes while Saint David had five, Bisbee seven, Tombstone 11, and Benson 12.

Raymundo Frasquillo Photo/Gila Herald: Freshman Jaeden Seballos has his arm raised by the official to signify the match-winner. Seballos is one of five unbeaten Wildcats so far this year.

Twenty different Wildcats were listed in the official score sheets, with several leaving unscathed in 30 of 35 head-to-head bouts. The wins were by 25 pins, two technical falls, two major decisions, and a decision while the losses were by three pins, a technical fall, and a disqualification. Morenci received 21 forfeits wins.

Seven Wildcats posted 4-0 records, Hudman on three pins and a 14-5 major decision; Ortega on two pins, a 4-1 decision plus a forfeit; Bray on a pin, an 18-3 technical fall plus two forfeits; Roybal, Fernandez, and Enriquez each on two pins plus two forfeits; and Torres on a pin plus three forfeits.

Dunning went 3-0 on three pins; both Leonard and Smith 2-0 on a pin plus a 19-0 technical fall and a pin plus a 16-2 major decision, respectively; Aguallo, Saiz, and Seballos 1-0 on a pin each; and Gonzales 1-0 on a forfeit.

Six Wildcats had a lone loss, Trott (3-1) on a pin plus two forfeits and a loss by pin; Hernandez (3-1) on a pin plus two forfeits and a loss by disqualification; Lucero (2-1) on a pin plus a forfeit and a loss by pin; Rodriguez (2-1) on a pin plus a forfeit and a loss by pin; Summer (2-1) on two forfeits and a loss by a 0-15 technical fall; and Castillo (0-1) on a loss by pin.

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