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December 17, 2013
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Wrestlers improve in Winnemucca

Seven Douglas High School wrestlers returned home with place finishes Friday and Saturday from the Cody Louk Invitational in Winnemucca.

Seth Trivitt and Zach Singer placed fourth in their respective 170- and 195-pound weight classes to help the Tigers finish eighth as a team during the 21-team tournament hosted by Lowry High School.

The performance represented a significant step forward for the Tigers, who scored 106 points during two days of competition.

“This was our best performance in Winnemucca in at least four years,” coach David Singer said. “Last year, we only had one wrestler make it to the medal round.”

The field featured some quality teams, including five-time defending (Division I-A and 3A) state champion Lowry and defending Northern Division I region champion Spanish Springs.

“Those guys wrestled really hard,” Singer said. “To make it to the medal round at that tournament is quite an achievement.”

Trivitt and Singer both compiled 5-2 records to earn their fourth-place medals. Singer, a junior, won his first two matches by fall before being pinned in the semifinals by Fernley’s Erik Wilson, a defending state champion. Singer dropped a 10-5 decision in his third-place bout to Lowry’s Tytin Johnson, a two-time state tournament medalist.

“That 195-pound weight class was loaded,” coach Singer said.

Trivitt lost his first and final matches, both at the hands of Yerington’s Kindle Armstrong, however, he won five straight matches in between (three by fall, one of those came in 11 seconds). This marked a comeback for Trivitt, a senior who sat out last season due to a concussion.

Heavyweight Ian Kendrick, Chance Thoene (220 pounds), David Whilden (138) and freshman Will Williams (113) earned fifth-place finishes. Thoene placed fifth last year as a heavyweight at the Lowry tourney.

Thoene, who weighed in at 196 pounds, posted first-round pins in his first two matches before dropping a 3-2 triple overtime decision in the semifinals against Felix Torres of Reno. Torres lost in the championship round to Reno teammate Sullivan Cauley. Thoene defeated teammate Ryland DeSomber, a freshman, in the fifth-place match.

Kendrick’s performance in the heavyweight class was noteworthy since he only weighed in at 223 pounds. Kendrick pinned three opponents in the tournament.

“Ian was taking on guys who outweighed him by 40, 50 pounds,” Singer said.

Whilden, who pinned three opponents in the tournament, dropped a 7-2 decision in his quarterfinal match to Cole Drescher of Spanish Springs, who eventually finished second in the weight class.

Williams pinned his first opponent before losing by fall against John Hires-Caulk of Fernley, the eventual champion. Williams won his fifth-place match by fall.

Kindel Isham, another freshman, won twice and came within one match of advancing to the medal round.

Douglas competes again on Dec. 27-28 at the 85-team Sierra Nevada Classic at the Reno Livestock Events Center.

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The Record Courier Updated Mar 3, 2014 12:54PM Published Dec 17, 2013 09:48PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.