Redskins leave West Las Vegas in Dust, 67-9 PDF Print E-mail
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  
period.


By Rustin Watt
•Daily Leader
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 Rodriguez.
“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  
tournament.”
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  
pretty well.
“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.
 

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