A shorthanded Scorpions wrestling team finished near the bottom of the pack at the Joe Vivian Classic on Saturday.

Despite the low finish, assistant coach Jay Boushee saw drastic improvement from the FHS wrestlers.

"We recovered and wrestled well at every weight," Boushee said. "We were in 23rd or 24th out of the 29 teams there when we left, but we only took seven guys. The guys are coming back, but we're just battling sickness. Every week we seem to get two guys back, but then lose two more."

Cobey Hamblin was the "wrestler of the tournament" for Farmington after his fourth place finish in the 113-pound weight class at the meet, Boushee said.

"Cobey wrestled well and went 5-2," he said. "The only losses were to the No. 2 seed from Eldorado and No. 4 seed from Rio Rancho."

Boushee was all impressed with the performances of Brandon Padilla, Champ Mendoza and Kameron Schrock, who fell short of placing, but battled deep into the consolation rounds.

"We started to get more aggressive on the mat," Boushee said. "Those kids are building toward district. We know we're not going to win district, but we want to be competitive. We don't have the numbers."

Cleveland won the meet, followed by Rio Rancho in second.

The Scorps will compete next on Saturday at the Aztec Tiger Duals meet.

"We're hoping to get some people back and fill 12 or 13 weight classes," Boushee said. "That will be big for us."

Sand Devil Classic

Aztec and Bloomfield had solid showings at the Sand Devil Classic in Page, Ariz.


, with the Tigers finishing in fifth place and the Bobcats placing sixth.

"It was a good growing experience for us," said Aztec head coach Monte Maxwell. "We got to face some kids we haven't seen before and didn't know. It wasn't our best but there were a lot of positives and we saw a lot of room to grow."

The biggest bright spot for Aztec was Brad Hardin, who won the 220-pound weight class, defeating Bloomfield's Orrin Kennedy by decision 18-11 in the final.

"He chose to take the last few years off, but when he commits, he really improves," Maxwell said of Hardin, who picked up his first tournament title of the season.

Robert Escojeda (132) and Adam Lucero (170) placed third for Aztec. Monty Gomez (285) finished fourth, while Jesse Ridgley (120) and Justis Francisco (160) finished fifth.

The Bobcats were led by their heavier weight classes with Kennedy and Paul Jaramillo (195) both finishing in second place.

"We did pretty well in the heavier weights," said Bloomfield head coach Greg Shoemaker. "We still haven't hit the expectations we've set, though. We see some things we need to work on and know what we need to do to get better. We just need to keep working on the little things."

Donny Trujillo (120) placed fourth for Bloomfield. Troy Righmire (132) finished fifth, and Sheldon Begaii (160) took sixth.

Camp Verde, Ariz. finished in first place at the meet with Prescott, Ariz., in second. Kirtland Central placed 10th.

Bloomfield will compete next in a dual against Piedra Vista on Tuesday. Aztec will host the Tiger Duals on Saturday.