State wrestling, swimming begin on Friday

Feb. 22—The first two of the winter's five state championship events are unfolding this weekend.

The high school state swimming/diving championships at Albuquerque Academy, and the state wrestling tournament, at the Rio Rancho Events Center, both run Friday and Saturday.

Volcano Vista and Belen are defending wrestling state championships in boys Class 5A and 4A-1A, respectively. In 5A, the Hawks, along with Cleveland and La Cueva, are going to be teams to watch in Rio Rancho.

Volcano Vista's girls also are out to defend their 2023 crown.

There are two sessions Friday, at 10 a.m. (first round) and 2:30 p.m. (quarterfinals).

The semifinals will run 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on Saturday. The championship finals in all three divisions are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

A day pass for wrestling is $17. Adult general admission is $12, and students, seniors and military are $7. Tickets are only available online, at

At the Academy, preliminaries begin at 3 p.m. Friday for swimmers. The finals begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Divers have their prelims/semifinals at 8:30 a.m. Friday. The finals will be held in the middle of the swimming program on Saturday. There are two team champions in each gender: the overall points leader, and also the small school program that scores the most points.

Albuquerque Academy and Cottonwood Classical Prep are the defending girls state champions. Eldorado and Cottonwood Classical won boys state titles a year ago.

Tickets — which are only available online at — are $12 for adults, and $7 for students/military/seniors.

Basketball's state tournament is coming up next month, as well as state spirit. Both will conclude at the Pit. The inaugural powerlifting state championship is scheduled for April.