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Four Skyview wrestlers will move on to state competition after their performance in the Class 3A Region 3 wrestling tournament held Feb. 9 and 10 at Englewood High School.
Wolverine athletes scored 119 points which earned them sixth place in the team standings. In the tournament competition four Skyview wrestlers, Nadim Kargar, Samuel Moreno, Nabil Kargar and Tristan Estridge qualified to wrestle at the state tournament Feb. 17-19 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
The regional field included 12 teams and more about 125 wrestlers. It is an important date on the wrestling schedule because the wrestlers who place in the top four in each of the 14 weight division earn berths at the state tournament.
Before the tournament began Wolverine Coach Delfino Rodriquez said his team is looking a lot better this season.
“Our three wrestlers in the three lower weights are ranked in state but we have some of our wrestlers who were out early but have come on strong to make us more competitive at all weights,” he said. “We have young kids coming up so I think we will be really tough in the lower weights for the next couple years.”
The coach said one addition will be a member of this year’s girls team.
“Our girls team tied Douglas County for first place in the girls state tournament,” he said. “Jasmine Gallegos has said she will join the boys team next season and I expect she will be fighting for a varsity spot, probably at 106.”
He said his program is growing and getting stronger as about 30 wrestlers came out for the team this season. That is a milestone for Wolverine wrestling since only four guys came out for the team five years ago.
A large crowd of fans representing all 12 teams took their seats in the Englewood Field House so throughout the tournament the wall echoed with the cheers of supporters and the advice coaches shouted to the wrestlers on the mat.
When all place mats were completed and the team scores were tallied Moffat County won the team title with 251 points and Skyview finished sixth with 119 points, just behind Elizabeth that was fourth with 123 points.
In the process of earing 119 points, four Wolverines finished in the top four in their weight division to earn spots at state. Nadim Kagar was regional champion at 106 pounds had the highest finish for his team. His brother, sophomore Nabil Kagar, finished second at 120 pounds while Samuel Moreno (113 pounds) and Trista Eskridge (145 pounds) each finished third in their weight divisions.
Nadim Kagar said he faced a strong opponent in Matthew Medina for the 106-pound regional championship but he kept pushing the pace even though he was tired and he won the match 12-1,
“This is my freshman year and my goal was to win regionals and place at state,” he said after winning the championship. “The championship was my final match in this tournament so I felt I had to keep strong and keep driving like this was the final match at state.”
He said his dad and his brother Kagar got him interested in wrestling.
“It helps to have two of us in the house,” he said. “He always keeps pushing me. If I get fooling around in practice, he pushed me and tells me to keep working hard and working to get better.”
He said last year he played soccer but he is focused on wrestling because wrestling is his passion.
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