Del Norte Wrestler Estevan Sierra Wins State 4A Individual Championship

Photo of Estevan Sierra at the top of the podium

Del Norte senior Estevan Sierra captured the 2022 New Mexico 4A state wrestling championships at the Rio Rancho Events Center. He and opponent Mason Lockett of Silver were locked in a 2-2 tie with the third-period clock winding down. Estevan found the right moment to complete his only takedown of the match, earning the decisive two points with 10 seconds left to claim a 4-2 win.

Estevan’s rise to the top of the state’s 182-pound division is a model of perseverance. After a tough year as a freshman, he was ready to quit but instead listened to the coaches and trusted the process. “I didn’t imagine this at all,” Estevan said. “I was 30 pounds heavier (as a freshman), I was out of shape, and I didn’t want to work hard. But if you put your mind to it, anything is possible.”

Read High school wrestling: Del Norte’s Sierra completes unlikely title quest in the Albuquerque Journal.