Though no title, wrestlers happy with performances and seasons

By Sunnie Clahchischiligi
Navajo Times

RIO RANCHO, N.M., Feb. 27, 2014

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(Times photo – Sunnie Clahchischiligi)

TOP: Shiprock senior Raygen Charley attempts a move on his opponent Bloomfield's Troy Rightmire during the championship match in the 145-pound weight class of New Mexico Class 3A. Rightmire defeated Charley for the title at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, N.M. on Feb. 22.

BOTTOM: Newcomb's Wynston Moses puts a hold on Bloomfield's Timothy Krielick during the 126-pound semi-finals of the third-place bracket at the New Mexico state wrestling meet. Krielick defeated Moses and went on to place third. (Times photo – Sunnie Clahchischiligi)

Though winning a state title is good, for most who competed at this year's New Mexico Class 3A state wrestling meet, simply getting to the podium is an accomplishment in itself.

"It just feels good to be up on that podium holding up a medal," said Shiprock's Raygen Charley, who was the top finisher among the Chieftains' 11 state qualifiers. "I say it's my best season because I'm up on that podium and made it to the championship round. It's pretty great.'"
The two-day event was held on Feb. 22 at the Santa Ana Star Center.

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