Zach Singer wrestles to silver medal at Lowry tournament
Douglas High wrestlers Zach Singer placed second in the 220-pound weight class and Ryland DeSomber placed fourth at 195 pounds Saturday at the Cody Louk Memorial Invitational in Winnemucca.
Singer and DeSomber combined to score 44 team points to help the Tigers finish 11th as a team during the two-day, 26-team tournament hosted by Lowry at the Winnemucca Events Center.
Lowry’s Blue team won the team championship with 264 points, followed by Spanish Springs with 214.5 points and Carson with 206. Douglas finished with 102 team points.
Singer pinned his way to the 220-pound championship round, where he was pinned by Carson’s undefeated Brady Rivera in 3:05. Rivera was the Northern Division I Region champion at 182-pounds last season (Singer placed third in the same weight class at the region tourney).
Singer pinned three opponents, including a fall in 3:02 against Reno standout Bryce Cartlidge in the semifinals.
DeSomber, a sophomore who has recovered from an elbow injury he sustained during football preseason, won three of his five tournament matches. DeSomber won by a 6-5 decision over Teigan Myers and then pinned Caleb Lott of Carlin to reach the semifininals, where he lost 11-3 to Lowry’s Kevin Meza. DeSomber was pinned in the third-place match by Ty Arnett of Pershing County.
Kindel Isham placed fifth at 106 pounds, winning four matches (three by fall). Isham defeated Devin Partain of Fernley in the fifth-place match, 10-6.
Sophomore 170-pounder Isaiah Schat won five matches, all by fall, to score 18 team points. Schat lost to Reno’s Andrew Berreyesa, a state tournament silver medalist last season, then lost to Elko’s Jake Pengelly and Lowry’s Tristen Waller in his last two consolation round matches.
Freshman Blake Murray went 4-3 to place sixth at 160 pounds. Murray won three matches by fall and one by a 13-1 major decision. He was pinned by Carson’s Nolan Shine in the quarterfinals (5:14) and then lost to Shine 10-2 in the fifth-place match.
Michael Neff won one match and was knocked out of the consolation bracket with a 9-8 loss to Reece Masset of Spanish Springs. Mason Melhus also had one win by pin at 138 pounds.
Douglas also split a pair of dual meets on Thursday at the Winnemucca Events Center, as the Tigers defeated South Tahoe 60-24 and lost 57-12 against six-time Division I-A state champion Lowry.
Schat won his 170-pound match in seven seconds over South Tahoe’s Andrew Herrera for the fastest pin of the meet and Murray pinned Boe Griffis in 3:12.
Against Lowry, Isham won at 106 pounds by fall in 3:12 over Zack Peters, while Singer pinned Blake Hillyer in 57 seconds at 220 pounds.
Douglas is now 6-3 overall this season in dual meets, 2-0 in Sierra League meets.