LAMAR — It was a tough tournament for the John Mall Panthers who usually place several wrestlers at their various weight classes, but the tournament held in Lamar this past Saturday was one of the most competitive of the season. Several grapplers faced new opposition and failed to move into the medal rounds. The only Panther to place was Jonathan Andreatta who captured his third first-place tournament of the season and will likely hold onto his number ranking in the state for 2A wrestlers. Andreatta (106 pounds) went 3-0 for the day winning his first match by a technical fall over Logan Becker of McClave, 15-0. He then went on to defeat Jesse Shelton of Lamar 2-1 in a closely fought and defensive battle. Shelton is ranked number 7 in the 3A class. Andreatta then claimed the championship by a pin over Marcos Fernandez of Las Animas. He will likely meet Fernandez again today at the Santa Fe League tournament. Marshall Ross (113 pounds) took home a third- place medal with victories over Eli Gonzales (Fowler) by pinfall in 1:44. In his second matchup, Logan Durham of Burlington won by decision over Ross, 14-8. Durham is the number one ranked wrestler in the state. The loss sent Ross to the consolation bracket where he won the next three matches. His first victory came against Colton Grunthrod of Crowley County by pin in 2:44. He also pinned Gino DeVore of Fowler in 1:26 and Jared Smith of Trinidad in a time of 2:21. DeVore was ranked fifth in the state. Ross’ victory could propel him into the top ten wrestlers at the 113-pound class. Izaac Perino went 0-1 and did not advance after he was pinned by Reagan Lane of Eads at the 1:37 mark. Adam Serrano-Bobian (145) was 2-2 on the day, winning his first bout over Bryce Batterton (Eads) by pinfall late in the third round with only 36 seconds remaining on the clock. Danyon Minck (La Junta) won by decision over Bobian 12-6 in the next match. Bobian won his third match by decision over Paul Specht (Lamar) 13-6. In his last bout, Antonio Gitano (Trinidad) won by pin in 1:55. Kyle Termin (152) lost his two matches of the day, losing to Blaine Winder (Eads) by pin in 0:47 and James Steerman of McClave, who also won by pin over in 0:51. Zane Barber (160) went 2 and 3 for the day. Barber lost his first match to Cesar Serrano (Lamar) by pin at 3:14. Barber went on to win his next two matches. The first was a decision over Charlie Miller (Lamar) 7-4 and the second, also a decision, was over Irvin Hernandez (Yuma) 6-5. Barber lost the next two matches to claim sixth place in the tournament. Jason Murphy (195 pounds) was 2-2 for the day. Murphy won by pin over Chase Cortez (Trinidad) in a time of 3:14. His other win came against Todd Fresquex of Yuma Andrew Vigil, heavyweight, won three matches and lost two. Vigil won by decision over John Chouinard (Yuma) 1-0 and pin over Steven Maes (La Junta) 3:30. Andrew Vigil also won by decision over Steven Maes to capture fifth place.
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