Douglas gets second at own invite
The Douglas High School wrestling team gave the home fans a lot to cheer about Saturday as it sent seven wrestlers into the championship finals and wound up finishing second in the 22nd edition of the Carson Valley Lions Club Invitational.
The Tigers wracked up 119 points, but they couldn’t keep pace with McQueen, which had four champions and scored 162 points. Hug, despite not having a single wrestler in the championship finals, placed third with 119 points. Battle Mountain (87.5 points), Incline (85), Alhambra of Martinez, Calif. (71), Reno (63), Bishop, Calif. (33) and Fallon (29) rounded out the field.
Douglas returns to action tonight with a dual meet doubleheader against perennial powerhouse Carson and South Tahoe in the capital.
Bud Nollet at 112 pounds was the lone champion for the Tigers. Nollet, a defending Class 4A Northern Zone champion and the 103-pound runner up at the prestigious Sierra Nevada Classic two weeks ago, defeated Josh Kivi of Reno 4-3 in the final.
Nollet, 24-3 this season, grabbed a 2-0 lead with a takedown with five seconds left in the first period. Kivi, a freshman who is 25-8 and finished seventh at the Classic, tied the score with an escape 24 seconds into the second period and then took a 3-2 lead with a takedown 18 seconds later. Nollet responded with an escape with 25 seconds left in the second period. Nollet then got a quick escape to start the third period and held off Kivi.
Nollet advanced to the final by defeating Turner of Battle Mountain in the semifinals.
The Tigers’ best effort of the day may have been turned in by Tony Alvarez in the 130-pound final. Alvarez (11-7) lost a heartbreaker, 4-2 in overtime, to Brandon Schultz of Battle Mountain. Schultz is 20-1 this season with his only loss coming in the championship final of the Classic.
Alvarez jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a takedown 40 seconds into the match. But, the experienced Schultz escaped with one second left. Schultz escaped in the middle of the second period to tie the score at 2-all and then held the top position all the way through the final two-minute period to force overtime. Schultz eventually won the match with a takedown 1:14 into the extra session.
Alvarez advanced to the final by defeating Duncan of Hug in the semifinals.
In other championship action, Josh Harmon was pinned by Kyle Nespler (23-3) of Incline 3:11 into the 135-pound final and Drew Hall was pinned by Rick Morrison of McQueen 3:50 into the 152-pound final. Morrison, a junior, was named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler at the upper weights.
Harmon won his first three matches en route to the final and Hall won his first two after a first-round bye.
Anton Toth gave Ryan Bader of McQueen all he could handle in the 145-pound final but lost, 9-6.
Bader scored the only points of the first period with a takedown with 55 seconds left. Bader extended the lead to 4-0 with another takedown 25 second into the second period. Then, in a wild exchange of points, Toth got a reversal, Bader got a reversal and a two-point nearfall and Toth got another reversal. Toth cut the lead to 8-6 with a takedown 13 seconds into the third period but couldn’t pull out the win.
Matt Reiner and Ben Johnson showed progress with improved performances against their opponents in their respective finals.
Reiner lost to McQueen’s Matt Desideri 5-2 in the 160-pound final and Johnson lost to Reno’s James Sande 7-1 in the 189-pound final. Both Tiger wrestlers were pinned by their final’s opponent earlier in the season.
Reiner, who got a takedown but gave up a reversal late in the first period, trailed just 3-2 heading into the third period. Johnson trailed just 4-1 heading into the third period.
Reiner defeated Bradley of Incline in the quarterfinals and Lint of Battle Mountain in the semifinals. Johnson defeated Gomes of Fallon in his first match and Cleveland of Hug in the semifinals.
In consolation championship matches, Douglas 119-pounder Jeff Martin defeated his opponent from Alhambra 3-2, 171-pounder Kenny Moore lost to his opponent from Hug 6-4 and heavyweight Garrett Anderson was pinned by his opponent from McQueen with 10 seconds left in the match while trailing 17-15.
Martin got a reversal with 1:30 left in his consolation championship match and then held the top position through two restarts. Moore took a 4-3 lead with an escape and then a takedown with 25 seconds left in his match, but he gave up an escape with 20 seconds remaining and then a takedown with three seconds left. Moore looked like he was going to get the takedown in the finals seconds, but the wrestlers switched into a awkward position and the Hug wrestler came up with the points.
In other championship finals, Williams of Reno pinned Olson of Battle Mountain 45 seconds into the 103-pound match, Dean of McQueen defeated Reynolds of Incline 17-8 in the 119-pound match, Shaw of Fallon defeated Reynolds of Incline 14-6 in the 125-pound final, Matzen of Battle Mountain defeated Whitlock of Incline 16-3 in the 140-pound match, Bigham of Bishop pinned Buller of McQueen 1:09 into the 171-pound final and Fedrigo of Incline pinned Phillips of Alhambra 1:19 into the heavyweight match.