by David Tesitor
LAMAR — The Trinidad Miners place fifth at the Savage Invitational Tournament this past weekend. In the process, two collected gold medals and two others placed, helping earn the team’s 102 points.
The Miners, with their lightning-speed pins throughout the day, were among the fastest, including one in 15 seconds, the tournament’s fastest. The first was Alberto Felthager (15-0) at 106 pounds, who placed first and scored 28.00 team points. Felthager was ranked 12th in the state prior to action in Lamar and should crack the top 10 after his impressive first place finish. Felthager pinned Daniel Gracida (0-2 Dumas High School) in 38 seconds in the quarter final. In the semi’s, he pinned Gavin Graham (Highland) 7-8 in 1:24 and, for the championship, pinned Michael Romero (14-3 -Swink) in 2:50. Romero is ranked fourth in 2A. Felthager’s three pins were the third fastest pins by total time for the tournament.
The second champion was Jesus Diaz at 170 pounds. Diaz (13-3) scored 27.00 team points. In the first championship round, Diaz won by fall over Roberto Garcia (0-2 Dumas High School) in 34 seconds, and pinned Robert Townsend (0-2- Lamar) on the quarter finals in 1:47. In his semi-final match, Diaz won a major decision over A. J. Wilk (5-6 County Line) by the score of 16-5. The final match saw Diaz win a 10-5 decision over Braden Witzel of Burlington.
Three other Miners placed. Dylan Armijo (12-3) at 126 pounds placed third and scored 16.00 team points. In his quarterfinal match, Armijo pinned Charles Balderas (10-9 Merino) in 1:54. Armijo was scoring high in the period following a take down and near pin when the ref finally tapped the mat with six seconds remaining in the period. The semifinal saw Ethan Andrade (9-0 Lamar) who is ranked 12th (one spot ahead of Armijo), win a 5-2 decision, sending Armijo into the consolation bracket where he won a 4-1 decision over Jaydon Castillo (12-8 Burlington). For third place, Armijo won by a 3-2 decision over Jesus Gonzales (3-2 Lamar).
Wyatt Weining (11-7) at 182 pounds placed fifth and scored 15.00 team points. Weining pinned his first two opponents. The first was Emanuel Medrano (1-2 Dumas High School) in the time of 2:24 and the second was by fall over Taylor Scott (8-9 Burlington) in 0:56 seconds. In the semifinal match, Dawson Roesch (13-3 County Line) who is ranked sixth in the state in 2A, won a close 4-3 decision over Weining, sending him into the consolation rounds where he went 1-1. Weining won fifth place when Pedro Gomez (Lamar) forfeited the match.
Caleb Armijo (12-6) at 220 pounds who placed 6th and scored 13.00 team points. The highlight of his matches came when he pinned Donald Whattler of Las Animas (3-13) with the fastest pin of the tournament in only 15 seconds. Armijo also had two other pins in his matches. The first was over Dakota Jackson (3-2 of Highland) in 2:25, and the next was in the consolation rounds over Cannon Buford (1-2 of Crowley County) in 1:11. Armijo forfeited the match for fifth place because of the five match rule.
Other matches included, at 120 pounds, Daniel Ravilla (0-6) who was 0-2; Adriane Jones (0-4) at 126 pounds went 0-2 in the JV round; at 132 pounds, Brenden Harmen (0-4) was 0-2; at 138 Chris Ryan went 0-2; at 145 Dilan Villa (4-8) went 0-2; at 152 Jimmy Torres (2-2) was 0-2; at 152 Clayton Pierce (1-2) went 1-2; at 160 Jordan Cooley was 0-2; and at 160 Chance Weining (3-9) was 1-2. His one win was by pin over Julian Gonzalez (Dumas High School) 0-2 in 28 seconds.