Trinidad Mighty Miners wrestlers Dylan Armijo and Jesus Diaz both qualified for the Colorado Class 3A Wrestling Tournament held on February 19 and 20 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Armijo capped off an outstanding season by placing fourth in the 3A 120-pound weight class. While Diaz didn’t win either of his wrestling matches at state, he said going there had been a great experience for him.
“If you find out that you can have success doing one thing, like wrestling, it just seems to make everything else a little easier,” Diaz said at Thursday’s wrestling practice in Donnelley Gym. “I love to compete and wrestling at the Pepsi Center was a great experience for me. It’s fun to win medals and trophies.”
He said he got his start in wrestling while horsing around with two of his cousins when they were growing up.
Eight other Trinidad wrestlers placed at the regional tournament held in Lamar.
Armijo said he loves the competitive nature of wrestling, and got his start in the sport when his younger brother, Jacob, asked him to get involved in wrestling. Going to the state tourney was a great experience, he said.
“It was very competitive but I thrive on competition, and I thought I wrestled well at the state tournament,” Armijo said. “It was amazing to be up there wrestling with all of the other athletes from around the state.”
Head Wrestling Coach Ron Ortivez is in his third year as Trinidad High’s coach, following a highly successful 21-year tenure as wrestling coach at La Veta High School. Ortivez said he was very proud of his entire Mighty Miners wrestling team.
“The entire team represented our High School and community well all season, and I want to congratulate them,” Coach Ortivez said. “Our fans are the greatest, and the parents and our entire community really support this team. The freshmen were a big reason for our success, and we expected that because last year our Eighth-Grade wrestling team finished sixth in the state. Both Dylan and Jesus got a great foundation because of their parents.”
The Trinidad wrestlers had bought in completely to learning some new techniques and a new philosophy about the sport from their coach, he said.
“These freshmen were already beyond the basics when they got to high school, and they’ve all worked very hard.”
The freshmen and sophomores on the Miners wrestling team will compete in the Freshman – Sophomore Classic in Pueblo next week.