Douglas wrestlers finish 5-3 in Fallon tournament
Coming off a solid tournament performance this past weekend in Fallon, the Douglas High wrestling team will make its season home debut Wednesday night with a dual meet against Bishop Manogue.
The Tigers takes on Manogue starting at 6 p.m. in the Sierra League season opener for both squads.
Douglas already has a win over Manogue to its credit this past weekend at the Earl Wilkens Memorial Tournament, where the Tigers compiled a 5-3 dual meet record. The tournament was held Friday and Saturday in memory of longtime Churchill County High School coach Earl Wilkens and former wrestling standout Lee Riggins.
The Tigers posted wins over Manogue, Yerington, Galena, Dayton and South Tahoe.
Their losses came at the hands of three formidable opponents: Churchill County, the defending 3A state champion and tournament host; Spanish Springs, the four-time Northern 4A region champion and 2016 state runner-up; as well as Lowry, a perennial Nevada 3A power.
Senior 145-pounder Will Williams collected six wins (five pins) in eight matches, four of which came by pin. Junior 132-pounder Chris Merritt also won six matches, two by fall, in his first action as a regular member of the varsity lineup. Blake Murray went undefeated in three matches on Friday, however, the senior 170-pounder did not wrestle on Saturday.
Kindel Isham went 5-2 in the 120-pound weight class, while sophomore 120-pounder Shane Trivitt was 4-0 at 120 pounds and Andrew Williams was 2-0 at 126 pounds.
Adams led the team in takedowns during the tournament with nine, according to Douglas coach Jake Fair.
“We had a great opening tournament and got to test ourselves against some great competition,” Fair noted. “We’re looking forward to getting in the practice room to make some adjustments so we can prepare for the next tournament in Folsom.”
Will Williams, Andrew Williams and Murray were state tournament qualifiers last season.
The Tigers compete again on Dec. 17 at the 10th annual Jailbreak Duals hosted by Folsom High School (Calif.).