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Aztec tops Farmington in early season wrestling duals


AZTEC − In a battle of reigning state high school wrestling championship teams, the Aztec High School squad topped Farmington in a duals competition held on Wednesday at Aztec's Lillywhite Gym.

The Tigers, led by Jacob Greyeyes and Tony Thompson, beat Farmington by winning eight matches to the Scorpions five and a combined score of 46-24 for the reigning Class 4A champions, who are seeking their fifth straight state title.

The duals victory capped off a tough couple of weeks for the Tigers, who had to alter their plans over the first weekend of the new year after a trip to an event in Reno, Nevada was scrapped due to airline cancelations.

As a coach, I was very proud of how our young men rebounded after a tough and disappointing week," said Aztec coach Herb Stinson. "We ended up changing our plans at the last minute and drove to Silver City and not performing at our standard."

The Tigers victory this week also avenged a loss when these teams competed against one another last year at Scorpion Arena.

Greyeyes scored a victory at the 189-lb. level, defeating Farmington's Isaac Foutz, while Thompson, a two-time state finalist topped Farmington's Aaron Duarte in a battle at the 138-lb. weight class.

Aztec's Corey Douglas, an eighth grader competing in the duals, earned a win at the 127-lb. weight class defeating Kolton Jones.

"It was a just another great match up between Aztec and Farmington which have over the years been great to witness," said Stinson. "We're fortunate to have this one go our way."

Aztec will be back in action this weekend at the Rocky Mountain Invitational in Pagosa Springs. The Tigers will then head to Winslow, Arizona to compete in the Doc Wright Invitational.

Farmington, hoping to repeat as state champions in Class 5A, will compete this weekend in the Conflict at Cleveland meet in Rio Rancho. Next weekend, the Scorpions will head to Albuquerque High for the Joe Vivian Invitational.