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Skyview captured first place by a point and a half in the 15-team Jan. 13 Englewood Invitational Wrestling Tournament.
When all the points were tallied, Skyview won the championship a score of 128.5 edging second place finisher Smoky Hill with 127 points.
The tournament was held in the Englewood High School Field house and the walls echoed with the cheers of teammates and fans as well as coaches shouting advice to their wrestlers.
There were separate varsity and junior varsity tournaments. Organizers used five mats, two for varsity and there for junior varsity.
The Wolverines began their tournament title pursuit by scoring points right from the start as Skyview wrestlers won the first three weight division as Nadim Kagar (106), Samuel Moreno (113) and Nabil Kagar (120) each won their weight class championship.
Four other Wolverines placed in the tournament. Xavier Venes took fourth place in the 152-pound weight class and Daniel Agosto place third at 160 points.
Timothy Woods completed the list of Skyview placers as he pinned the three opponents he faced to finish first at 182 pounds.
“Our project to rebuild the team is moving ahead and we are getting tougher,” Skyview Coach Delfino Rodriquez said. “We are a bigger team this season than we have in the past. Five years ago, we had four wrestlers and this year we have varsity wrestlers competing at all weights but three.”
The Wolverines competed at all weight classes except the top three, 195, 220 and 295.
He said the effort will continue to get more athletes to compete in wrestling so the program can continue to grow.
“We are a mix of veterans and talented young wrestlers,” Rodriquez said. “We are wrestling well and I feel we will have several kids who will go to the state tournament.”
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