A young Douglas High wrestling team captured second-place Saturday in its season opener at the 16th annual Capital City Duals in Carson City.
Douglas compiled a 2-2 record during the tournament, losing only to the host Carson Blue and White teams during competition in Morse Burley Gym. Carson defeated Douglas 72-12 in the championship dual.
Aside from losing to the five-time defending Sierra League champion Senators, first-year Douglas head coach David Singer is upbeat about the team’s prospects this season.
“We have 33 in the wrestling room, which is double what we had last year, so we’re very optimistic about our season,” Singer said. “We were very happy with the way they wrestled Saturday.”
There were no surprises for the Tigers, who fielded a lineup that included five freshmen and two sophomores.
“They all work really hard so it’s not so much surprising as it is exciting,” Singer said.
Douglas advanced to the championship dual by winning its Democrat pool. The Tigers defeated Damonte Ranch, 44-34, then scored a come-from-behind 42-36 victory against Reno. The Tigers lost to Carson White 48-30 in their other pool dual meet.
Senior 220-pounder Chance Thoene went 4-0 on the day and junior 195-pounder Zach Singer was 4-0 to lead the Tigers individually. Senior heavyweight Ian Kendrick and freshman Kindel Isham both compiled 3-1 records.
Thoene placed third at the regional tournament to qualify for state as a heavyweight last season. Kendrick, a senior heavyweight, placed fourth at regionals as a 220-pounder last season, one position short of a state tournament berth. Garret Seward also won two regional matches last season.
Singer and Thoene posted back-to-back pins, both in the first round, to account for the Tigers’ 12 points in the championship dual. Carson’s overall strength was too much to overcome, however, as the Senators won 10 of the 14 matches by pin and two others by forfeit.
Seward, a senior 152-pounder, started strong against Carson’s Ben Ray, as he built a 5-0 lead on a takedown and near fall and led 7-6 after a reversal early in the second period. But Ray answered with a reversal and near fall of his own and went on to finish the bout by fall.
“The match before, he dislocated his jaw, so he was in excruciating pain. He just couldn’t fight off his back because of the pain,” Singer said, adding that the injury was not serious and Seward will be ready to wrestle again this week.
Another bright spot for the Tigers was freshman 113-pounder William Williams, who surged to an 8-2 lead before Carson’s Casey Stevens battled back to win by fall.
Sophomore 182-pounder Jason Trenkle, Singer, Thoene and Kendrick combined to score 18 unanswered points for the Tigers in their win against Reno.
Looking ahead on the schedule, the Tigers visit Damonte Ranch for a league dual meet today then compete in Winnemucca on Friday and Saturday at Lowry High’s Cody Louk Invitational.
The Tigers’ home opener will be the annual Carson Valley Lions Invitational on Jan. 11.