Trivitt, Murray strike gold |

Trivitt, Murray strike gold

Douglas High sophomore Blake Murray dominates McQueen's Ryan Vera on his way to winning the 160-pound weight class Saturday at the James McCollum Memorial Invitational.
Thomas Ranson / Lahontan Valley News |

Standing on top of the medal podium at the James McCollum Memorial Tournament on Saturday was a familiar experience for Douglas High wrestler Blake Murray. For freshman Shane Trivitt, however, winning a tournament gold medal and Outstanding Lightweight Wrestler award came as one big surprise.

Both emerged as individual champions, Murray in the 160-pound weight class and Trivitt at 113 pounds. They combined to score 58 team points as Douglas finished fourth during the 22-team tournament held at Sparks High School.

Trivitt, who entered the tournament with a 1-1 varsity record, pinned three straight opponents to earn his gold medal and outstanding wrestler award. Trivitt gave up an early takedown in the semifinals then rebounded to pin Lovelock’s Jeffery Marin in 4:47. Trivitt advanced to the finals, where he pinned Lowry’s Raymond Orzach.

Not bad considering he just moved into the lineup to fill a vacancy at 113 pounds in the Douglas lineup.

“That is exactly what hard work and dedication will do for you in wrestling,” Douglas assistant coach D’Art Johnson said. “He shows up to practice and works hard every day; he got an opportunity and he made the best of it.”

Murray (17-2 overall season record) pinned five straight opponents to repeat the championship he won last year at Sparks as a 152-pounder. The sophomore finished his day with a victory in the finals against Yerington’s Eddie Montano, a third-place medalist at last year’s Division III state tournament.

“Blake did exactly what he was expected to,” Johnson said. “He wrestled hard at the Sierra Nevada Classic (4-2 record). We made a couple of adjustments, so that was a good learning experience for him.”

McQueen captured the team title with 216.5 points, followed by Fernley’s 172 points. North Valleys took third-place by a 130-128 margin over Douglas.

Ryan Adams placed second in the 120-pound weight class as he won three of four matches. Adams, who also had a runner-up finish at the 2015 Sparks tournament, pinned two opponents and then pulled out a 6-5 victory in the semifinals against Fallon’s Mason Smith, a Division I-A state tournament qualifier last year. Montana Puckett of McQueen defeated Adams in the finals, 8-2.

Kindel Isham won three of his five matches to place fourth at 106 pounds. All three of Isham’s wins came by fall. His first loss came by a 10-5 decision in the semifinals at the hands of McQueen’s J.R. Garcia.

Ryland DeSomber won his opening two matches in the 152-pound bracket before he lost to Tim Trainor of North Valleys in the semifinals. DeSomber went 2-2 for the day.

Jacob Moss compiled a 2-2 record at 145 pounds, while Mason Melhus also went 2-2 and Christopher Merritt 1-2 at 126 pounds. Sam Melhus went 1-2 at 138 pounds, Chad Singer 1-2 at 170 pounds.

“It was a good tournament to learn from for a lot of our kids,” Johnson said.

Douglas hosts its own 20-team Carson Valley Lions Invitational this Saturday. The tournament starts at 9 a.m. with competition in both of the high school’s gyms.

The Sparks and Douglas tournaments date back to 1971 and 1976 respectively.