Contributed Photo: The Safford Middle School wrestling team blew out the competition on their way to capturing the Benson Invitational Tournament Championship.
BENSON – The Safford Middle School wrestling team traveled to participate in the 17-team Benson Invitational over the weekend and returned home as champions.
With a team score of 310 points, the Bulldogs bested the second-place finisher by 118 points.
A total of 15 out of 17 wrestlers brought home medals – including five champions – and the team also brought home the overall championship plaque and the Outstanding Wrestler Award.
The champions in their weight divisions were Alex Chacon, Kody Gluyas, Damien Rios, Gary Smith, and Kaleb Cordova, who was also crowned as the Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.
Other placers included Gabriel Enriquez second place, Anthony Garrobo second place, Adryon Castillo second place, Josiah Carrasco third place, Jarrett Jurado third place, Josiah Ogas third place, Teegan Baldwin fourth place, Andrew Rios fourth place, Trevor Sanchez fourth place, and James Lujan in fifth place.
The team will next head to Tempe for the state meet on Saturday, Jan. 18.