Rio Rico High School brought its wrestling program into the open air on Tuesday, when the Hawks hosted the three-team “Rio Rumble” meet outdoors at the school football field.
The event began with the Sahuarita Mustangs eking out a win over the Mesa Jackrabbits.
Then it was the Hawks’ turn to take the mat. They fell to both Mesa and Sahuarita, with a highlight coming in the 285-pound matchup with Mesa, when Jesse Octavio pinned his opponent with 24 seconds remaining in the third period.
Joshua Hernandez also won via pin in a junior varsity match against Sahuarita.
Rio Rico next competes on Dec. 1 at Florence. Their next home meet is set for Dec. 15 against St. Augustine, starting at 3:30 p.m.