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Ignacio Bobcat senior Keaton McCoy gives mother, Kelly a squeeze during a Senior Day salute received at IHS' 2023 Butch Melton Memorial Invitational. McCoy was recognized along with Lady 'Cat senior Faye Hackett.
Ignacio Lady Bobcat senior Faye Hackett, left, stands with mother, Jackie during a Senior Day salute received at IHS' 2023 Butch Melton Memorial Invitational. Hackett was recognized along with senior gent Keaton McCoy.
Ignacio's Marlene Martinez-Perez is presented after winning her last match at IHS' 2023 Butch Melton Memorial Invitational.
Ignacio's Faye Hackett pins her Bloomfield, N.M., opponent to win first place at IHS' 2023 Butch Melton Memorial Invitational.
Sporting protection for a broken nose, Ignacio senior Keaton McCoy works against his Pagosa Springs opponent during IHS' 2023 Butch Melton Memorial Invitational. McCoy more recently won his weight division at the SJBL Championships in Dolores, Colo.
Photo Credit: Joel Priest | Special to the Drum
Photo Credit: Joel Priest Special to the Drm
Photo Credit: Joel Priest | Special to the Drum
Photo Credit: Joel Priest | Special to the Drum
Photo Credit: Joel Priest | Special to the Drum
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Bobcat wrestlers vie for league titles


For the Ignacio Bobcats, it was a case of ‘one for all’ at the 2023 San Juan Basin League Championships. 

Which meant that for most of IHS’ wrestlers competing Thursday evening, Feb. 2, they’d have one shot for all the proverbial marbles, and thus ideal motivation to prepare for the upcoming Class 2A-Region II Championships. 

And the ’Cats didn’t depart Dolores High School without at least one individual title. 

Competing at 144 pounds, lone senior Keaton McCoy went 2-for-2 including a back-and-forth 9-7 win over Mancos’ Jacob Martin in the weight’s finale as he improved his 2022-23 record to 16-7 overall. Freshman Zane Pontine (25-17), however, had the misfortune of meeting MHS junior Levi Martin in the last 132-pound pairing, and though enduring into the third period, succumbed via pin to the Blue Jay standout. 

At 106 pounds, Mancos’ Dillon Eichner notched a pin of Ignacio freshman Aven Bourriague, while freshman Dillon Brann lost to DHS’ Nathan Hill at 120. Freshman 113-pounder Joshua Kerrigan went 1-1 at the meet, defeating Norwood’s Aiden Walton but then losing 6-1 to Dove Creek sophomore Wade Conner in the title match. 

Freshman Lincoln deKay lost in the first period of his only bout at 138 to Mancos’ Brandon Vannest, sophomore Kendrick Nossaman lost to his Norwood opponent at 157, and sophomore Asher Gallegos, after beating MHS’ Bryce Miera, placed second at 150 pounds after losing in the first period to DCHS’ Tyson Beanland. 

The SJBLers will next head north to Hayden for the aforementioned February 10-11 regional, with all seeking top-four status – locking them in for the CHSAA State Championships, Feb. 16-18 at Ball Arena in Denver – at their respective weights. 

Ignacio’s girls, meanwhile, are set to next see action at the all-classification Region IV Championships, to be held in Edwards at Battle Mountain H.S. 3A Bayfield’s and 4A Durango’s girls will compete at the same event. 

Five Lady ’Cats were ready to rumble in Dolores, but only one drew an opponent with junior Kacey Brown losing her match at 125 to Nucla’s Riley McCabe. Sole senior Faye Hackett (130), Audrey Roderick (120), Marlene Martinez-Perez (135) and Larissa Espinosa (190) each received a forfeit victory. 

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