Wrestlers earn three gold medals
Three Douglas High wrestlers — Zachary Singer, Jason Trenkle and Chance Thoene — emerged as gold medalists in their respective weight classes Saturday at the James McCollum Memorial Invitational in Sparks.
Thoene pinned his way through the 220-pound weight class, while Singer (182 pounds) and Trenkle (195) pinned three of their four opponents to lead the Tigers during the two-day, 20-team tournament at Sparks High School. The individual titles were the first this season for the Tigers.
Douglas finished sixth in the team standings with 133.5 points and its three individual champions (along with the Fallon) were the most of any team during the tournament. Lowry won the team title by one point over Elko, 173.5-172.5, while Fallon finished third with 151.
“We had a very good day,” Douglas coach David Singer said. “We were only a few points out of fourth and weren’t far out of third.”
The highlight obviously came when the Tigers posted successive victories at 182-, 195- and 220-pounds during the championship round.
Singer made quick work of his first two matches, winning by fall in 12 and 36 seconds. The junior won by fall in the semifinals and then defeated Elko’s Juan Meza 13-3 in the finals.
Trenkle won three matches by pin and a fourth by technical fall in his first appearance of the season as a 195-pounder. He had been competing in the 182-pound division.
Thoene received a first-round bye in his bracket and then proceeded to pin three straight opponents.
Two freshmen turned in strong performances for the Tigers: Will Williams posted an impressive 3-1 record to place third at 113 pounds; and Ryland DeSomber took fourth at 195 pounds with a record of 4-2. DeSomber’s first loss came in the quarterfinals against Trenkle.
Heavyweight Ian Pieller also placed fifth, winning his final match by fall.
Freshman 126-pounder Mike Solano went 1-2 on the day, with the first of those losses coming by a 16-15 decision.
Douglas makes its home debut Saturday at the Carson Valley Lions Club Invitational.
Note: The Sparks tournament is named in memory of James McCollum, a longtime Washoe County teacher, coach, administrator and commissioner of the old Northern Nevada 4A conference. McCollum, who graduated in 1955 from Sparks High School and in 1959 from the University of Nevada, passed away in October 2010.