Chance Thoene won three of his five 220-pound weight class matches to provide a highlight for Douglas High School last weekend at the 38th annual Sierra Nevada Classic wrestling tournament in Reno.
Douglas had no medalists during competition that concluded on Saturday at the Reno Livestock Events Center, however, coach David Singer saw signs of progress from the team.
“We scored 30 points, which was 10 more than we did last year, and we finished 69th as a team so we moved up a few notches,” Singer said.
California schools captured the top five spots in the 85-team team standings, led by Clovis West with 254 points, followed by Folsom with 225.5. Lowry was the top Nevada finisher, as the Buckaroos finished seventh with 129 points, while Reno finished ninth (120.5) and Carson 10th (107.5).
In a tournament of this size, it is an achievement to merely qualify to come back and wrestle on Saturday.
Thoene accomplished that goal by winning his first two matches on Friday. The senior opened by taking an 8-5 decision from Otto Kutsch of Shasta (Calif.), who was listed No. 6 in the CIF Northern Section 197-pound division rankings in mid-December. Thoene came back to win his second round match by a 7-5 decision over Spring Creek sophomore Jesse James, who had won three matches the week before in a dual team tournament hosted by Capital High School in Boise, Idaho.
Thoene lost his third match by fall against Colin Cash of Lowell (Ore.), the eventual sixth-place medalist and the defending Oregon 1A 220-pound state champion. Thoene picked up his third win when he pinned Jorge Toro of CSTR in 1:15, but then was knocked out of the consolation bracket with a loss against Jonathon Molina of Arbor View.
The 220-pound weight class was won by McQueen’s Josh Ramos.
Zach Singer finished with a 2-2 record, including a loss in his second round match against Dylan Kinraith of Del Oro (Loomis, Calif.), the eventual seventh-place medalist. Heavyweight Ian Kendrick also went 2-2.
David Whilden went 1-2 in the 138-pound weight class, including a 15-0 victory in his first match.
Two young Tigers wrestling in the upper weights provided highlights, as freshman 195-pounder Ryland DeSomber and sophomore 170-pounder Josh Jensen both went 1-2. DeSomber won his opening round match over Andrew Garcia of Caldwell (Idaho) fall in 2:43 but then lost his second match against Reno’s Sullivan Cauley, the tournament’s eventual second-place finisher.
The Douglas wrestlers return to action Friday and Saturday at the annual Sparks Invitational.