FAIRFIELD — The Armijo Invitational wrestling tournament keeps getting bigger and better – even after four decades.
The 43rd edition of the tournament is at Armijo’s E. Gary Vaughn Gymnasium
“We have 30 teams,” Indians coach Cesar Correa said. “Last year we had 27 and this is our biggest tournament so far. It’s growing every year. When I took over year my first year coaching we had 17 teams. It’s been kind of growing ever since.”
Wrestling begins at 9 a.m., with the finals expected to start between 5 and 6 p.m. The finals will be held on two mats to help speed the proceedings, Correa said.
“I think one, we just run a good, smooth tournament,” the coach said. “Coaches, they like our tournament. We haven’t had any backups or problems, now that numbers are higher, we go to tournaments and the name (of the Armijo Invitational) is out there a little bit more.”
Joining Armijo among area teams are Fairfield, Vanden and Wood, with Rodriguez and Vacaville sending second varsity competitors.
“I think every school in the area is going to have some guys there,” Correa said.
Defending champion Franklin of Elk Grove is again expected to me among the strongest teams competing.
While winning the team title may be out of reach for Armijo, Correa expects his squad to be competitive.
“We’ll be right in there for third or fourth,” he said, “depending on how the kids do. Most tournaments we’ve gone to we’ve been competing for trophies.”