Redskins take second at SWClassic PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 January 2009 16:39


Daily Leader photo/Rustin Watt
Lorenzo Rios attempts to pin Colby’s Luke Schroeder in the
championship match of the 135-pound weight class. Rios scored an 11-3
major decision for the win.

By EARL WATT & RUSTIN WATT
• Daily Leader
A varsity newcomer is commonly referred to as fresh fish. It usually
points out that it is easy to get a win over the rookie.
Lorenzo Rios, a freshman Redskin wrestler, may have a rookie resumé,
but he was no fish at the Southwest Classic. Rios stepped up to earn
the championship at 135 pounds. He joined seasoned wrestlers Tyler
Sutherland (152 pounds), Nate Davis (189 pounds) and Ricky Gomez
(heavyweight) in earning a title for the Redskins.
Liberal finished second overall behind Colby.
“I didn’t think I was going to get first,” Rios said. “Now I need to
keep practicing and working hard.”
The Redskins had nine wrestlers finish in the top four of each weight
class.
“I wasn’t satisfied with second place,” Liberal coach Mike Pewthers
said. “We had a couple kids there were in matches lose. That hurt us.
We had four guys come through and get first place.”
Adrian Salas took third at 112 pounds. Adam Meacham finished fourth
at 125 pounds.
Victor “The Fireman” Cruz lost the championship match at 130 pounds
to sinish second, but may have set the record for the most firemen’s
takedowns at the Southwest Classic.
Rios won the 135-pound division.
Valentin Borunda finsihed fourth at 140 pounds.
Suthelrand remained perfect with a victory over Ulysses’ Derek Newell
in the championship of the 152-pound division.
Nate Davis knocked off Pratt’s Darnell Bortz for the title at 189
pounds.
Chuy Torres took a fourth place finish at 215 pounds.
Ricky Gomez turned in a perfect performance with a win over Colby’s
Adam Weber in the heavyweight championship
Liberal will travel to Newton later this week for what is considered
to be one of the toughest tournaments in Kansas. Twenty-four teams
will vie for the title at the Newton Invitational.
“We have to get in better shape,” Pewthers said. “ We will be working
on technique. We have to drill, drill, and run.”
 

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