Playoffs a possibility for Hopi wrestlers

POLACCA—Hopi High School has proven to be competitive in wrestling this season with four outstanding wrestlers and a team that looks to move up in the regional and state playoffs.

Bruin coach Lemuel Sulu said Hopi High has successfully competed against teams from 2A-5A. The Bruins placed ninth in the 16 team Pat Kinney Tournament in Winslow and ninth in the 14-team Joseph City Tournament.

“We were the smallest school at both of those tournaments,” the coach said.

Hopi High has recorded an 8-3 mark in the 2A North Region which includes Fredonia, Joseph City, Valley-Sanders, Red Mesa and Mogollon.

The top four wrestlers at Hopi High are Tyrone Humehoynewa, 112 pounds, 21-4 with a second place finish at Pat Kinney and third at Joseph City; Nero Colletata, 152 pounds, 19-5 with third places at both tournaments; Chris Colletata, 160 pounds, 16-7 with third place at Pat Kinney and sixth at Joseph City; heavyweight Cory Honanwaima, 265 pounds, 15-5 with third at Pat Kinney and out injured at Joseph City.

The regional meet will be held February 2-3 at a site that has not yet been determined.

“We’re looking forward to state because we have five or six wrestlers with great potential for good performances. Four of them could win first places,” he said. “This year we’re the team to beat because we’ve got some tough guys, but it won’t be a cakewalk.”

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