St. Pius X Wrestling

St. Pius X Sartan Wrestling

Operating as usual


Congratulations to our two seniors Mason Gladfelter and one of our team captains Jackson Miksch!!! We are so proud of you gentlemen!!! This is just the beginning of a new journey in college and we’re so delighted that you two will be sharing it together in Minnesota. We love you boys and we will always pray that the lord protects you on this journey we call life!!! You two will always be Sartans forever!!!! God bless you boys!!!


New mats are down in the new Danger Room!!! Wall mats are going up soon!!!!! Looking good!!!


New mats and wall pads are in!!!! Thank you to all of the community and all of our sponsors for helping make this possible for our program!!! New updated room loading soon!!!!


40 new Sartan Wrestler sign ups and that includes 17 new girls!!! 🖤💛🖤💛


Today was signing day for our seniors! Both seniors Jackson Miksch & Mason Gladfelter are both heading to Minnesota West!!! Congratulations gentleman, we’re all very proud of you!!!!


Sophomore Valentine Popadiuc earns Greco-Roman All-American status at U.S. Open Wrestling Championship🇺🇸🇺🇸 placing 3rd in a loaded 64 man bracket!!! Congratulations young man!!!!


We have some Sartans at the US Open starting today!!!! You can follow all the action on FloWrestling!!!

Photos from St. Pius X Wrestling's post 04/22/2024

Our champion Valentine Popadiuc was selected for the 2023-2024 New Mexico Dream Team at The New Mexico Wrestling Hall of Fame Annual Induction Ceremony! Congratulations on your great season young Sartan! We are all very proud of you!!!


Congratulations to all of the wrestlers who made the New Mexico Dream Team. We are honored that our champion was selected for this year’s dream team! Congratulations Valentine Popaduic!


Get ready for a summer showdown at the first-ever Sartan Summer Duals, happening on June 14th and 15th! This will be a great opportunity to get some summer mat time in and it's going down at St. Pius High School.

📅 **When:** June 14th and 15th
📍 **Where:** St. Pius High School, 5301 St Joseph Dr NW, 87120

🤼‍♂️ **Format:** Dual Team Wrestling
💰 **Registration Fee:** $350 per team

The championship team will receive t-shirts and a championship banner!!!

👥 **Committed Teams:**
1. St. Pius X
2. Cleveland
3. Los Lunas
4. Socorro
5. Atrisco Heritage
6. Valley
7. Volcano Vista

The list is growing! Don't miss your chance to get in on these duals!

Stay tuned for more updates for this year’s Sartan Summer Duals! 🙅🏿‍♂️🖤💛🖤💛🤼🤼🤼🤼‍♀️🤼‍♀️🤼‍♀️


We’ve moved our tournament date next year so that we can include a lot of the 5A and some northern teams! The 3rd annual Sartan Scuffle Invite is only getting better every year as we are expecting to have some out of state guest this time around!!! Coaches reserve your spot as we are capping it at 32 teams for both boys and girls! Looking forward to seeing you all for another great Sartan Scuffle Invite!!! 🙅🏿‍♂️🖤💛🖤💛


Our annual Summer Camp!!! Highly recommended!!!

High School Coaches and Wrestlers! Are you looking for an intensive wrestling camp this summer! We will wrestle 3X day, while getting you faster, stronger, and tougher! You will learn wrestling skills to be the best! Join our Intensive Camp today!


As you all know St. Pius X is now also a middle school offering grades 6th, 7th & 8th, we will be one of the two middle school wrestling programs in the metro area! St. Pius X Wrestling is looking to bring on an Assistant Middle School Coach & we will also be adding a Women’s Assistant Coach as well. If you or anyone you know is interested please have them reach out!!!


Our wrestlers handle business on the mat and in the classroom, Bridget Braun!

Congratulations to junior Elias Braun and his sister, freshman Bridget Braun, who participated with recognition in the Central NM STEM Research Challenge during their Spring Break. Elias placed second in the Senior Level Chemistry category and will participate in the State Competition. He also won The Climate Change Award, The NASA Earth System Science Award, and The Richard Bild Memorial Research Challenge Award in the Special Awards category. Bridget received an Honorable Mention in The Senior Level Biology /Biochemistry category and won The ENLACE Statewide Collaborative Excellence Award in the Special Awards Category.


It’s official St. Pius X has its birth at the Ironman Wrestling Tournament - at Walsh Jesuit next year as 4 of our Sartans have been officially invited!!! Valentine Popadiuc, Zia Budagher, Abigail Rael & Claudia Aragon will be representing Pius and New Mexico at next years Ironman!!!


Women’s wrestling is growing!!!! We are behind this 100%! Get your daughters involved in this great sport!!!

The number of high school girls’ wrestling teams in the U.S. quadrupled over the last decade, with more than 50,000 girls participating in the sport. At the collegiate level, the NCAA expects women’s wrestling to become a championship-level sport in 2026.

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Photos from St. Pius X Wrestling's post 02/25/2024

This group of Sartan wreslters came to WRASTLE this weekend at the NMAA State Championships!!! We brought home 7 individual state placers including a state champion, making this the most state placers we’ve had in our programs history! Our boys placed 7th out of 34 teams and our girls were 13th out of 57 teams!!! Great job this weekend to all of our Sartans!!!

Miles Blanton 121lbs - 4th place
Mycah Gachupin 133lbs - 3rd place
Valentine Popadiuc 139lbs - Champion
Ethan Hernandez 189lbs - 4th place
Claudia Aragon 132lbs - 3rd place
Abigail Rael 138lbs - 6th place
Zia Budagher - 3rd place


Your 2024 NMAA 4A 139lb State Champion, sophomore Valentine Popadiuc!!! He out scored his opponents 66-11 on his way to earning his state title!!!! Congratulations young man!!!

photo credit - David Montes Photography and Media

Photos from St. Pius X Wrestling's post 02/24/2024

After a long first day our boys are tied w/ Socorro High for 7th out of 34 teams and our girls are sitting in 12th place out of 57 teams!!! All of these Sartans are wrestling great so far, we have 4 in the championship semi finals and 3 in the blood 🩸 rounds tomorrow fighting for their place on the podium!!!! The action starts at 10am tomorrow morning!

Myles Blanton - consolation 1/4
Mycah Gahupin - championship semis
Valentine Popaduic - championship semis
Ethan Hernandez - consolation 1/4
Claudia Aragon - championship semis
Abigail Rael - consolation 1/4
Zia Budagher - championship semis

Photos from St. Pius X Wrestling's post 02/22/2024

These 13 Sartans are headed to the NMAA State Championships beginning tomorrow at the Rio Rancho Event Center!!! Show these Sartan wrestlers some love and support this weekend as they all chase the dream of becoming a State Champion or placer!!!!! Tomorrow we dance!!!!


132 - Claudia Aragon
138 - Abigail Rael
145 - Sofia Gallegos
152 - Zia Budagher


107 - Dane Padilla
114 - Matthew Longdon
121 - Miles Blanton
127 - Lance Yarbrough
133 - Mycah Gachupin
139 - Valentine Popadiuc
160 - Santiago Aragon Roybal
172 - Jacob Silva
189 - Ethan Hernandez


Wildcard selections are out and Matthew Longdon (8th) will be joining the rest of his squad this weekend for state!!! We now have 9 boys & 4 girls qualified, Pius is now taking 13 wrestlers to the big dance!!! See you all this weekend!!!!

Photos from St. Pius X Wrestling's post 02/18/2024

NMAA 2-4A Regional Championships are over and St. Pius X Sartans finished as Team Runner Up Champions!!!! All of these Sartans wrestled their hearts out as we qualified 8 for the big dance w/ a couple of wild card hopefuls!!! Next NMAA Championships next weekend Rancho Events center!!!

Dane Padilla - 4th place 106lbs
Miles Blanton - 3rd place 121lbs
Lance Yarbrough - 4th place 127lbs
Mycah Gachupin - Champion 133lbs
Valentine Popadiuc - Champion 139lbs
Santiago Aragon Roybal - 3rd place 160lbs
Jacob Silva - 7th place 172lbs
Ethan Hernandez - 4th place 189lbs


Each month, we will spotlight a student from New Mexico who is involved in various athletics and/or activities. Here’s a look at this month’s Dion’s Student Spotlight.

Growing up, she has competed in softball, basketball, cheer, and dance, but now she is focused on the sport of wrestling. “I’ve been the healthiest I’ve ever been because of wrestling now that I’m more disciplined with what I eat,” she said. This junior is also involved in singing with her school. You can sometimes find, or rather hear, her perform the National Anthem before football and basketball games. “The Star-Spangled Banner is a way to say ‘Thank You’ to those who served and singing it is my way of giving back,” she said.

Meet Sophia Gallegos of St. Pius X High School.


Tomorrow the men of Pius are headed to regionals @ Belen HS in hopes of punching their tickets to the big dance!!! They have worked their butts off and now it’s time to go to work this weekend! Now go and gentlemen!!!!

Photos from St. Pius X Wrestling's post 02/12/2024

Wild card selections are out and we have a 4th Lady Sartan heading to the big dance in 2 weeks! Sofia Gallegos will be joining her other 3 teammate’s at the NMAA State Championships in 2 weeks!!!


Some of our boys were at the Donn Fishburn Freshman/Sophomore tournament @ Rio Rancho and they all wrestled great today!!! Way to wrestle gentlemen!!! Next up, boys regionals next weekend @ Belen!

106 - Dane Padilla ; Runner Up
114 - Matthew Longdon ; DNP
121 - Miles Blanton ; Champion
127 - Lance Yarbrough ; 3rd
133 - Mycah Gachupin ; Champion
138 - Valentine Popadiuc ; Champion
152 - TJ Maldonado ; DNP
HWT - Anthony Ruiz ; Champion

Photos from St. Pius X Wrestling's post 02/10/2024

Very proud of ALL our Lady Sartans. We qualified 3 of them for the NMAA State Championships this weekend!!!! And even better Pius crowned its very 1st women’s NMAA Regional Champion, Zia Budagher!!! Way to go ladies!!!!

Zia Budagher - 1st place 152 lbs
Claudia Aragon - 6th place 132lbs
Abigail Rael - 6th place 138lbs


After day 1 of regionals we have 6 of our 8 Lady Sartans still alive!!! 2 of them have already punched their tickets to the big dance and are in the championship semi finals and the other 4 are 1 match away from the placement rounds!!! Let’s go ladies!!!!! On to day 2!!!!

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