DeSomber strikes gold for Tigers
Ryland DeSomber didn’t need a lot of time to take care of business Saturday at the Carson Valley Lions Club Invitational.
All the Douglas High freshman did was pin three straight opponents on his way to winning a gold medal in the 195-pound weight class. And he only needed 11 seconds to defeat Lowry junior Blake Hillyer in the championship bout.
DeSomber’s six points for the pin also happened to be enough to vault Douglas into sixth-place in the team standings. The Tigers finished with 102 points, just ahead of Yerington (99.5) and South Tahoe (99).
“He’s a good wrestler,” Douglas coach David Singer said of DeSomber, who began the day seeded No. 3 in his weight class.
DeSomber was confident about his chances coming into the final.
“I had everything planned out,” DeSomber said, flashing a big smile. “Off the start, he shot on me so I put him in a Russian Roll and put him on his back.”
Experience from his win against Hillyer last month before at the Cody Louk Invitational in Winnemucca proved helpful.
“He was thinking about his moves ahead of time,” Singer said. “He knew how the boy wrestles and just visualized what he was going to do before he got out there.”
The pin in 11 seconds was the fastest of the championship round. It also put DeSomber in a tie for the team’s fastest pin of the season, along with Ian Kendrick and Seth Trivitt.
DeSomber never had to go past the first period in three matches, in fact, as he pinned Efren Campos of Yerington in 1:39 and then won his semifinal match against Bryan Ramos of Lowry in 1:09.
“It’s exciting,” DeSomber said of his championship. “It’s a great confidence builder.”
Douglas junior 182-pounder Zachary Singer also advanced to the championship round, where he lost by a second period fall against Erik Wilson of Fernley. Wilson went 41-0 last season en route to a I-A state championship and is 14-1 so far this season, his only loss coming to a Colorado wrestler in the finals of the prestigious Reno Tournament of Champions.
Singer had little trouble reaching the finals, pinning three straight opponents in times of 20 seconds, 52 seconds and 1:35. He wasn’t disappointed with his loss in the finals against a wrestler of Wilson’s caliber.
“I like getting tough guys like that,” said Singer, a region tournament runner-up as a freshman in 2012 who missed most of last season due to a hip injury. “When you get guys like that, it’s a good way to measure your potential.”
Douglas had two fourth-place finishers: Will Williams at 113 pounds and Chance Thoene at 220 pounds. Williams lost in the consolation finals by a 7-6 decision against Fernley’s John Hires-Caulk.
Coach Singer described the tournament as an overall success.
“It’s great the Lions Club was able to make this happen,” he said. “A lot of people put in a lot of work to help make it run smoothly … Jon Murray (a 1989 state runner-up for Douglas) … Mark Lilly (former Douglas coach) … the Boy Scouts helping with the timing … along with many others.”
The Tigers will be back at home tonight when they host Bishop Manogue and South Tahoe for a double dual meet that gets underway at 6 p.m.
Note: The tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler awards went to Wooster’s Ian Timmons for the lower weights and McQueen’s Josh Ramos for the upper weights. A second period reversal was the difference for Timmons in a 4-3 victory against Mack Welch of North Valleys. Ramos won his 220-pound title match by a 22-8 decision against Calvin Cox of Reed.