Globe Tigers take 5th in state wrestling tournament

Zeneda Webb/Courtesy photo Jonathan Ortega Jr. pushes his opponent to the mat.

The Globe Tigers were able to place fifth as a team in the state wrestling tournament. The Tigers had seven wrestlers join the tournament. Placing fifth is quite an accomplishment when you consider the fact that most wrestling teams have 14 student athletes. Had Globe’s wrestling team had a full 14, they would have been competing for a top three spot.

“Team points are gained by each wrestlers performance. Wins are points, certain moves during the match gain points as well. There are 14 weight brackets, if we had them all filled, then we would be competing up there with the top teams. As it is, we only have seven and we are still in the top five,” explained Coach Duarte. “The goal for most of these young men was to make it to state, more so as a competitor than a spectator. And here we are.”

Coach Ruben Duarte has been coaching with the Globe School District for 23 years. His son T-Bone and daughter Erika are both active participants in the coaching community. His wife Christine has been coaching softball and other youth sports for years. “They go wherever they are needed,” stated coach Duarte with the glowing beam of a proud husband and father. Coach Duarte also takes the time to grow assistant coaches and mentor student athletes to become coaches as they age out of their competing career.

Bryce Durban and John Martinez are Coach Duarte’s volunteer assistant coaches. In the sport of wrestling each student athlete needs their own coach. Having seven wrestlers at state would require all three coaches to be on their toes and ready for the next match. Globe’s coaches came to each event well dressed and looking sharp. They had their team sitting together and really created a family atmosphere for the boys to relax. When the coaches are prepared the students can let go and focus on wrestling.

Gabriel Gonzales lost his second match but then went on a 3-match win streak to fight for third place in the Division 4, 106-pound weight class. Unfortunately, Gabriel fell short in his final match, earning the fourth place spot.

Angel Hernandez found himself on the podium at the end of the event. Angel was able to win his final match and claim the fifth place spot for the Division 4, 138-pound weight class.

John Martinez wrestled in the 113-pound weight class for the Globe Tigers. John started strong by winning his first match. He lost his second match and had to fight his way back into the top three through the compensatory round. Martinez pulled off a couple of matches that were decided by points, besting his opponents 4-0 and then 7-4 to claim the third place medal for the state wrestling tournament.

Jacob Gonzales wrestles in the Division 4, 126-pound weight class. Jacob has been wrestling with the Globe Tigers program since junior high. Like his teammate John, Jacob would win his first match and then lose his second, causing him to have to wrestle his way back into the top three. And, just like his teammate, Jacob was successful in the endeavor. Gonzales was able to win his third place match decisively with a score of 15 to 3.

Wrestling at the 132-pound weight class for the Globe Tigers is Andrew Gonzales. Andrew was proud to make it to state and would give it his best shot. Gonzales was not able to place high enough for the podium, but his team support never wavered.

Anasco Sanchez wrestles at the 152-pound weight class for the Globe Tigers. He lost his first match, won his second and then was eliminated from further competition in his third match.

Just like his teammate, Andrew, his support for team never faltered.

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