The Las Animas High School Trojan wrestlers began their season Saturday at the Fowler Invitational Tournament. Competing against 17 other teams, the Trojans came home with three tournament placers.

The Las Animas High School Trojan wrestlers began their season Saturday at the Fowler Invitational Tournament. Competing against 17 other teams, the Trojans came home with three tournament placers.

?"We are very happy with how the team performed," said LAHS head coach Sam Vigil. "Not only did they all wrestle hard, they were very supportive of each other. We are very proud of these kids."

Wrestling at 195 pounds, Jacob Roybal came home with a fourth place medal. He began the day by pinning his first opponent. After losing in the semi-finals, Jacob showed a winner's determination in his next match. Down one point in double overtime, Jacob scored three back points with 15 seconds left to win the match.

Latrell Stine dominated his first match at 120 pounds, winning 20-2. He followed that up with a pin in his second contest before being bested in the semi-finals and finished the day in fifth place. "Latrell is a different wrestler this year. He knows he has all the skills and is determined to translate that to a successful year," said Vigil.

Charles Willis pinned his first opponent early, lost a tough match in the second round, but battled his way back through the consolation bracket to the fifth place qualifying round. "Charles wrestled five matches Saturday and gave it his all in each one," said coaches. "If CHSAA (Colorado High School Activities Association) allowed a wrestler to wrestle more than five matches a day, he would have had a good chance of finishing higher."

The Trojans head to Limon on Dec. 13, then have a home match on Monday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m. with McClave and Lamar junior varsity.