Redskins leave West Las Vegas in Dust, 67-9
Sunday, 11 January 2009 00:00
Daily Leader photo/Earl Watt
Victor Cruz had five fireman’s carries agains hit West Las Vegas,
N.M., opponent Redskin coach Mike Pewthers challenged Cruz to find a
different move in the match. Cruz pinned his opponent in the second
By Rustin Watt
Liberal opened up the Southwest Classic with a devastating win over
the Dons of West Las Vegas N.M., 67-9. Las Vegas’ only points came in
six due to an open at the 103 pound weight class and three in a win
at the 160-pound weight class, 11-5. Even though he was the only loss
Coach Mike Pewthers had good things to say about the 160 pounder
“Carlos lost that match when the kid reversed him and that kid’s 13-0
and second in state two years in a row, so he hung right in there,”
Pewthers said. “Even though he was the one that got beat, I felt he
wrestled just as good as anyone else did.”
Coach was also excited to get the duel in before the tournament.
“A few guys needed to lose some weight and getting a match in helped
them there,” he said. “It also helps loosen them up and get those
jitters out so they can have their minds focused a little more in the
Six Liberal wrestlers started the Classic off with a pin: Victor
Cruz, Valentin Borunda, Austen Pitts, Tyler Sutherland, Justin
McPhail, and Nate Davis. Lorenzo Rios and Adam Meacham won by points.
Chuy Torres, Ricky Gomez, and Adrian Salas won by forfeit.
“This lets me know I’m well-conditioned,” 189-pounder Nate Davis
said. “As long as I go hard like I did in this one I should win this
thing. I’m going to try and take care of business before reaching the
third period, but if it goes to three I’m going to go hard.”
The Redskins usually perform well at home and seem to enjoy the crowd
“It’s awesome being able to wrestle in front of your home crowd, and
the kids really enjoy it,” Pewthers said. “The biggest thing is being
able to wrestle in front of your friends and family and we’ll end up
with three or four more events at home this season.”
It has been quite a while since the Redskins have won the Southwest
Classic but there are definitely ways they could pull this one out.
“We need some of our unseeded or low seeded guys to get some upsets
and our high seeded guys have to win,” Pewthers said.
See results in Monday’s Leader.