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Farmington boys, Miyamura girls repeat

RIO RANCHO, N.M.

Navajo Times | Donovan Quintero
Farmington Scorpion Kioni Benally begins to celebrate after defeating Los Lunas Tiger Ryan Vega in the 285-pound weigh category in Rio Rancho, N.M. on Saturday night.

Just as they did last season, the Farmington boys and the Miyamura girls hoisted the blue championship trophy at the conclusion of the New Mexico high school state wrestling tournament on Saturday night.

Behind five state qualifiers and one individual champion, the Lady Patriots amassed 80 points and beat out district rival Aztec for the state crown as the Lady Tigers finished with 64.

The Patriots won its third consecutive state crown and got four wrestlers in the finals, with sophomore Lorianna Piestewa winning the 107-pound weight class.

“Our girls have been working hard in the practice room,” Piestewa said. “We’ve been trying to beat everyone we can, trying to get every point we can, and these girls have been doing amazing.”

Aztec, which qualified three wrestlers, got two state champions: Makayla Munoz (126) and Princess Altsisi (138). The titles on Saturday were the third straight for the Tiger wrestlers.

Other individual winners included Farmington’s Ebony Smith (132), Grants’ Cristen Martinez (185), and Kirtland Central’s Jojera Dodge (235).

In the 5A boys team title race, the Scorpions secured its second straight title behind a fall from heavyweight Kioni Benally, who pinned Los Lunas senior Ryan Vega in the second period.

The Scorps had a five-point edge over Los Lunas in the final match.

Benally’s pin earned the Scorps six additional points as Farmington finished with 163, besting district rival La Cueva (154) and Los Lunas (152).

“Kioni knew it came down to him,” Farmington coach John Mason said. “He took the pressure, handled it, and took care of his job.”

In addition to Benally, Farmington also had junior Ivan Smith win a state title at 170 while six other wrestlers medaled.

“Every man had to put their time and effort in even the little guys that went one-two,” Mason said. “Every one of those points counts, and this was a great team effort, and we finished with a great individual effort.”

For more state wrestling coverage, pick up Thursday’s Navajo Times.

About The Author

Quentin Jodie

Quentin Jodie is the Sports Editor for the Navajo Times. He started working for the Navajo Times in February 2010 and was promoted to the Sports Editor position at the end of summer in 2012. Previously, he wrote for the Gallup Independent. Reach him at qjodie@navajotimes.com

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