By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
Liberal’s Bryton Windom was able to claim the championship in the 182-pound weight division of the Southwest Classic Saturday with a decision over Ulysses Tiger Armando Sandoval.
It was Liberal’s only championship at the Classic, and the Redskins ended the 10-team tournament with a third place finish.
Hays won the Classic with five first place finishes and 183 team points.
Tascosa took second with three first place finishes and 163 team points. Liberals third included one first place finish and 120 team points, one point ahead of fourth place Ulysses at 119.
Hugoton took fifth with 115 points followed by LaJunta (52), Holcomb (29), Elkhart (25), Sublette (16) and Lakin (11).
Windom won his match 10-6 after trailing early. Windom escaped and then earned a takedown to take a 7-4 lead in the third period, but Sandoval was able to reverse Windom to make the score 7-6. With time running short and Sandoval unable to get Windom on his back, Ulysses coaches told Sandoval to allow Windom to escape and try to get a takedown. Windom earned the one-point escape for an 8-6 lead and then took Sandoval down for another two points in the final 10 seconds for the win.
Gabe Beltran battled for the heavyweight title but lost to Ryan Pokorny of Hays.
Ayodele Braimah competed for the title in the 145-pound weight class but was defeated by Hugoton’s Lawson Fiss.
Dalton Moody also had a chance at the title in the 132-pound weight class but lost to Tascosa’s Josh Mora.
Juan Mendoza faced Tascosa’s Skylar Sokoloky for third but was pinned.
Osvaldo Ramirez dropped a decision for third place to Hugoton’s Zane Littell in the 126-pound weight class, and Brendan McMurry lost the third place match in the 106-pound division to Elkhart’s Tanner Haynes.