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Wrestling trophy just whets Miyamura girls’ appetitee

Wrestling trophy just whets Miyamura girls’ appetitee

AZTEC

After winning the school’s first-ever girl’s wrestling state title, the Miyamura High School Patriots are hungry for more.

The Lady Patriots made history last season when they brought home the team’s first state title in the sport after winning big in the first-ever New Mexico high school girls’ wrestling championship tournament.

Miyamura head coach Ozzy Guerrero said the team is as hungry as ever for a second-straight title.

“It’s definitely driven them,” he said. “It seems like they’re actually pushing themselves more in the wrestling room, and they know they do have a target on their backs. So far it’s looking pretty good.”

The team has shown that they plan to be right in the mix during the state tournament. Last year they had four members compete in the state tournament and this year they have seven team members looking for a chance to help bring home the title again.

Guerrero said the numbers have increased thanks to the success the girls’ team had last season.

“This year we had seven girls and last year we had four … This year we’re looking to do just as good as we did with four but with more girls,” he said. “The school is actually working on getting us a banner for the girls, which is really exciting … Hopefully that will bring our numbers up.”

So far, the team is doing as well as its coach had anticipated.

At least three returning state competitors have returned to the team, two of whom were named state champions.

The team competed in the inaugural Aztec Girls’ Wrestling Tournament last Friday and won as a team with 67 points. Aztec came in second with 40 points and Belen in third with 23.

The team had four individual tournament winners: freshman Kaylen Leleiwi won at 110, sophomore Yele Aycock won at 131, junior Nancy Rodriguez won at 160, and sophomore Shandiin Largo at 185.


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Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi

Sunnie Clahchischiligi has been the sports writer for the Navajo Times since 2008. She has a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the University of New Mexico. Before joining the Times, she worked at the St. Cloud Times (Minn.), the Albuquerque Journal, the Santa Fe New Mexican, Sports Illustrated Magazine in New York City and the Salt Lake Tribune. She can be reached at sunnie@navajotimes.com or via cell at (505) 686-0769.

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