Wrestling: Tiger grapplers compete at Sierra Nevada Classic
December 31, 2012
While the Douglas wrestling team didn’t have any athletes place in the top eight at the prestigious Sierra Nevada Classic in Reno last week, the Tigers did have a number of individual highlights to build on as the season moves forward.
Henley High School out of Klamath Falls, Ore., won the tournament title with a team score of 176 points.
Lowry was the top-scoring Nevada team in the 81-team field, putting up 119 points to take 10th. Spanish Springs was 12th, followed by Reno in 13th. Douglas finished 73rd.
Henley’s Ronnie Bresser, Reno’s Joey Lavallee and Reed’s Spencer Empey were named the outstanding wrestlers of the tournament.
Former Douglas standout Sullivan Cauley, who now wrestles for Reno, won the 195-pound title, breezing through his five matches.
In the 220 weight class, Douglas’ Ian Kendrick won his opening match against McQueen’s Damon Ramos 5-1. He then suffered an 11-4 loss to Servite’s Matt Lavey in the second round.
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Kendrick then pinned his consolation opponent in 1:53 before exiting on a 6-1 decision.
Brandon James (152) pinned Lincoln’s Joshua Garcia in the first round in 2:44. He was then pinned by Daniel Best of Central Linn in the second round. He exited in his consolation match after losing a 17-7 major decision.
Elias Anderson pinned Napa’s Andy Gutierrez in 5:37 in the first round but was pinned by Sonoma Valley’s Sam Denning in the second round. He was then pinned in the consolation bracket to end his tournament.
Chance Thoene advanced to the second round with a bye but was pinned by Casa Robles Jake Minshew in 1:54 in the second round. Thoene scored a consolation pin in 2:01 and then lost a 4-1 decision.
Parker Hoshizaki (160) was pinned in the first round, but he bouncd back to pin his consolation opponent before losing by technical fall in the consolation second round.