Six Carlsbad wrestlers place at State tournament

Carlsbad High wrestling coach Joe Bach’s sophomore campaign proved no matter the unusual circumstances he will find a way to keep Caveman and Cavegirl wrestling dominant in the state of New Mexico.

Left to right: Jacob Fuentes, Luke Waters, Marcus Najera, Matthew Najera and Trystan "TJ" Rogers pose after all finishing in sixth place or better at the state wrestling championship on May 29, 2021 at Rio Rancho. Logan Romero also had a Top-6 finish but was injured in the final match.

In the COVID-19 pandemic shortened season Bach brought nine wrestlers to the 2021 New Mexico state wrestling tournament and left with six of them placing in the Top-6, also earning Carlsbad a 6th place finish as a team with 99 points.

Carlsbad’s six state placers included two sixth-place, a third, two seconds and one state champion in Class 5A.