Bayfield High School crowned two individual champions Saturday at the annual Piedra Vista Invitational wrestling
tournament in Farmington.
Bayfield sophomore Aaron Velasquez, at 152 pounds, won his division and was voted the tournament's outstanding wrestler
in the middle weights.
Senior Taylor Swanemyr (145 pounds) also won an individual title for the Wolverines.
Bayfield had two runner-up finishes from sophomore Sonny Salazar at 103 and junior Tanner McGhehey at 171.
Tanner wrestled really well. He only lost by three (points) in the final," BHS head coach Herb Stinson said.
He did really well considering how much weight he's giving up. And Sonny wrestled really well, too," Stinson said.
Bayfield added fourth-place finishes from senior Alex Araujo at 160 and senior Justin Shupe at 140.
Overall, it was a good day for us," the veteran BHS coach said. He said the Wolverines wanted more wrestlers in the
finals this week, and they did that with four wrestling for tournament titles.
And we wanted to finish in the top eight. We finished sixth, so we're where we wanted to be," Stinson said.
At the conclusion of the tournament, Piedra Vista officials announced that starting next year the annual tournament
will be called the Coach Stinson Wrestling Challenge," in honor of Stinson and his longtime dedication to high school
It's kind of a humbling thing," Stinson said. It was a surprise."
Stinson, during his previous coaching tenure at Aztec (where his teams won 13 New Mexico state team championships),coached the members of the current Piedra Vista coaching staff. He also coached a number of other individuals who
coached or officiated in the Piedra Vista tourney.
It's quite an honor," Stinson said.