Hawks Swarm Conflict At Cleveland

This weekend's Conflict At Cleveland proved to be one of the toughest tournaments on New Mexican soil. With a few teams representing Arizona, Colorado, and Texas the action was nonstop from start to finish in both Men & Women's divisions.

The Volcano Vista Hawks Women's team dominated the tournament with two tournament champions and eight placers. Junior Chelsea Rivera (VV) edged out a win in the finals extending her record to 17-1 making her a top contender for a state title this year.

Teammate Elena Moya (VV), a senior, had a dominating performance pinning every opponent she faced on the mat leaving her with a 16-2 overall record.

The Lady Hawks as a whole looked very cohesive and determined to send a message to the rest of the field with this weekend's win. Coming in second were the defending state champions Miyamura Patriots, followed by the Farmington Scorpions in third place.

In the Men's division, the balance went up and down throughout the tournament with team scores until the semifinals. The Hawks had two tournament champions with six wrestlers taking home medals at the Conflict giving them enough steam to edge out a victory over Cleveland Storm.

Junior Anthony Lopez (VV) dominated the 114-pound weight class with an impressive performance making him a top contender for a state title.

Tournament Champion in the 127-pound weight class senior Noah Jones (VV) extended his flawless season to 15-0. Jones has been very diligent this season showing his worth as a top contender for a state title as well for the Hawks.

In the 172-pound weight class senior defending State Champion Ivan Smith out of Farmington pinned his opponent in the finals collecting five wins at the Conflict showing he is ready to defend his title in February.

Also looking sharp in the 215-pound weight class was senior Miguel Andrade out of Los Lunas. Andrade pinned all five of his opponents this weekend showing his hunger for a state title this season.

In the 152-pound weight class, senior Mario Tafoya out of La Cueva extended his undefeated record to 15-0. Tafoya has been grinding out all of his opponents this season showing off a great performance this weekend as he seeks out a title this February for the Bears.

The Conflict at Cleveland is brewing up to be one of the toughest tournaments year after year. In hindsight, this weekend's tournament gave a good indication of what is to come this February in both divisions as the state tournament lingers around the corner.

Date Published: 1/8/2023

Conflict At Cleveland

Men Tournament Champions

107 Daniel Guerrero - Sahuarita

114 Anthony Lopez - Volcano Vista

121 Valentine Popadiuc - St Pius X

127 Noah Jones - Volcano Vista

133 Daniel Miranda - Mt. View Marana

139 Christian Lopez - Sahuarita

145 Gabriel Gallardo - Sahuarita

152 Mario Tafoya - La Cueva

160 Javani Majoor - Falcon

172 Ivan Smith - Farmington

189 Rene Pages - Hobbs

215 Miguel Andrade - Los Lunas

285 Jacob Acedo - Mt. View Marana

Women Tournament Champions

100 Alyssa Sedillo - Las Cruces

107 Lorianna Piestewa - Miyamura

114 Miyah Palacios - Sahuarita

120 Sasha Gonzalez - Socorro

126 Heaven Guevara - Cleveland

132 Katie Booth - Valencia

138 Grace Valadez - El Paso Bowie

145 Liana Fernandez - Robertson

152 Lillian Gradillas-Flores - Mt View Marana

165 Chelsea Rivera - Volcano Vista

185 Elena Moya - Volcano Vista

235 Hannah Mariano - Miyamura

Men Conflict Team Results

  1. Volcano Vista Hawks 219.5

  2. Cleveland Storm 212.5

  3. Sahuarita AZ 201.0

  4. Los Lunas Tigers 165.5

  5. Atrisco Heritage 159.5

  6. La Cueva Bears 147.0

  7. Adams City CO 136.5

  8. Falcon CO 126.5

  9. Farmington Scorpions 119.0

  10. Hobbs Eagles 111.0

Women Conflict Team Results

  1. Volcano Vista Hawks 183.0

  2. Miyamura Patirots 124.0

  3. Farmington Scorpions 122.5

  4. Socorro Warriors 106.5

  5. Cleveland Storm 93.0

  6. Capital SF 91.0

  7. Goddard 86.0

  8. Las Cruces Bulldogs 84.0

  9. Valencia 75.0

  10. Mountain View AZ 73.0