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Murray named to all-region list

Winning a gold medal at the Northern 4A Region Wrestling Championships earlier this month was a significant achievement.

For Douglas High's Blake Murray, even a runner-up silver medal in his 170-pound weight class was noteworthy at the end of a season in which the junior compiled a 37-5 record, reached the 100-win milestone for his career and was recently included on the recently announced all-region list.

Murray ended the season with a third-place performance at the 4A state tournament held at Spanish Springs High School on Feb. 10-11. He rebounded from an opening-round loss to defeat three straight opponents, the last a win by fall over Dominic Paulos of Las Vegas High in the consolation final. Murray lost his first-round match by fall in 2:50 against Sunrise Region champion Ivan Espinoza of Basic.

"The kid (Espinoza) definitely had the head-and-arm as his go-to move and he caught Blake a couple of times," Douglas coach Jake Fair said. "I was hoping Blake would see him again because I think he would have won."

The 6-foot-2 Murray returned to the mat one day later with a new level of determination. It showed during two consolation bracket matches that came right down to the wire, as he outpointed Colby Preston of Spanish Springs 5-3 and then DeAndre Smothers of Clark 3-2.

"Blake was pretty determined," Fair said. "The key to his success is to use his feet and his reach, and once he had a full head of steam, there was no denying him."

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The eventual state 170-pound champion was Reno's Andrew Berreyesa, who won for the second time in three years and was part of a bumper crop of wrestling seniors in the North this season.

Just consider that eight of the individual champions were repeat winners. Leading the way were four-time region champions who combined to sweep the top awards on the all-Northern 4A list: Lower Weight Wrestler of the Year Ian Timmins from Wooster, Middle Weight Wrestler of the Year Israel Casarez from Reed and Berreyesa, the Upper Weight Wrestler of the Year.

Jacob Ruiz from Spanish Springs and Cameron Sandoval from Damonte Ranch were three-time region champions. Cole Drescher of Spanish Springs, Joe Miller of McQueen and Drake McAdow of Damonte Ranch won back-to-back championships the last two years. As an extra bonus, Drescher was a region runner-up as a freshman and sophomore.

The future appears bright for the entire Douglas wrestling program, if you ask Fair.

"We're looking forward to see what the team can do next year," he said.

Northern 4A WRESTLING ALL REGION

Lower Weight Wrestler of the Year: Ian Timmins, Wooster

Middle Weight Wrestler of the Year: Israel Casarez, Reed

Upper Weight Wrestler of the Year: Andrew Berreyesa, Reno)

Coach of the Year: Joe Imelli, Spanish Springs

First-team

106 pounds: Anthony Sissom (Spanish Springs), Eric Lopez (Reno).

113 pounds: Brandon Basa (Carson), JR Garcia (McQueen).

120 pounds: Jacob Ruiz (Spanish Springs), Alejandro Casarez (Reed)

126 pounds: Ian Timmins (Wooster), Frankie Giovanetti (Reno)

132 pounds: David Montes (McQueen), Tyler Green (McQueen)

138 pounds: Cameron Sandoval (Damonte), Nathan Mersino (Carson)

145 pounds: Connor Pearson (Reno), Kai Ward (McQueen)

152 pounds: Israel Casarez (Reed), Joseph McKay (Spanish Springs)

160 pounds: Cole Drescher (Spanish Springs), Christian Hanley (Wooster)

170 pounds: Andrew Berreyesa (Reno), Blake Murray (Douglas)

182 pounds: Drake McAdow (Damonte Ranch), Logan Hutcherson (Reno)

195 pounds: Joey Miller (McQueen), Abel Carter (Carson)

220 pounds: Austin Lemons (Reno), Caleb Fawley (Galena)

285 pounds: Sheldon Miller (Carson), Tyler Barats (Spanish Springs)

Second-team

106 pounds: Bryce Bell (Damonte), Trey Walters (North Valleys)

113 pounds: Owen Jones (Spanish Springs), Ramone Alvarez-Martinez (Damonte)

120 pounds: Greg Ewert (Damonte), Cory Sego (Spanish Springs)

126 pounds: Nicholas Poalillo (Spanish Springs), Marshall Hauck (Damonte)

132 pounds: Kyle Rudy (Carson), Anthony Rosas (Bishop Manogue)

138 pounds: Payton Talbott (Reno), Werner Hunter (Spanish Springs)

145 pounds: Isaac Ruiz (Spanish Springs), Christian Richer (Reed)

152 pounds: Cy Giovanetti (Reno), Anthony Florez (McQueen)

160 pounds: Jarod Butler (Carson), Ruben Ruiz (McQueen)

170 pounds: Colby Preston (Spanish Springs), Jesse Case (Carson)

182 pounds: Tim Eubanks (Reed), Sheldon Martin (North Valleys)

195 pounds: Casey Preston (Spanish Springs), Kenneth Martinez (Hug)

220 pounds: Killian Hurley (Spanish Springs), Randy Nemedez (Reed)

285 pounds: Mason Gill (Reno), Robert Siavao (Galena)