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Douglas wrestlers captures first at Incline

Donnie Nelson

The Douglas High School wrestling team captured first place last week in the Incline Tournament.

Attempts to get final and complete results were unsuccessful.

At the prestigious Sierra Nevada Classic, Douglas’ Bud Nollet finished second in the 103-pound division.

Nollet lost to Tommy Schurkamp of Escalon, 10-9, in the championship final Tuesday night before an estimated crowd of 1,250 at the Reno Livestock Events Center.

“It was pretty fun, a long two days,” Nollet said. “I had fun with the team.”

Nollet pinned all five of his opponents leading up to the final with the longest match lasting just 4:33. He was one of only two wrestlers to have recorded five pins heading into the final session.

Schurkamp took a 2-0 lead with a takedown 57 seconds into the match. Nollet escaped with 50 seconds left in the first period but gave up another takedown with 10 seconds left and ended the period trailing 4-1.

Nollet dominated the second period, getting an escape 14 seconds into the period and then two takedowns sandwiched around a Schurkamp escape in the middle of the period to take a 6-5 lead heading into the final two-minute stanza. Impressively, Nollet was able to maintain the top position through three restarts.

Schurkamp got a takedown and took a 7-6 lead with 1:46 remaining in the match, but Nollet tied it at 7-all with an escape with 1:39 left. Nollet took a 9-7 lead with a takedown with 1:05 left.

Nollet held the top position and appeared to have the match won, but the referee called the wrestlers out of bounds with just nine seconds left. Schurkamp escaped on the restart and then stunned Nollet with an aggressive takedown with three seconds left. Time ran out in the process.

“It’s too bad it ended up that way,” Nollet said. “He was quick. It all went good until those final seconds.

“I thought if I let him go (on the final restart) I could stall out. But, right when I did he came after me. I think I could have ridden him out but at the time I also felt I could have stalled out, too,” Nollet said.

Nollet did not want to give up a reversal and thus made the decision to try and win it on his feet in the end.

The 21st edition of the Classic, regarded as the top prep grappling tournament in the west, featured 60 teams representing five states.

Six other Douglas wrestlers – Tony Alvarez at 130, Josh Moody at 135, Anton Toth at 140, Matt Reiner at 160, Kenny Moore at 171 and Ben Johnson at 189 – made it to the consolation bracket’s round of 16. Toth and Reiner made it to the championship round of 16 before eventually being eliminated in the consolation round of 16.

“We wrestled better than I thought we would and had more success than I thought we would, and not just against Nevada teams,” Douglas head coach Mark Lilly said.

Douglas will take to the mat again Jan. 3 when it hosts the 11-team Douglas Tournament.