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Three Tigers strike tournament gold

Jaden Blanchard, Andrew Williams and Blake Murray wrestled their way to individual gold medals and very nearly put the Douglas Tigers over the top to keep the Carson Valley Invitational team championship at home this past weekend.

Murray won the 195-pound weight and the tournament's Outstanding Upper Weight Wrestler award, while Blanchard and Williams won their respective 113- and 132-pound classes on Friday and Saturday at Douglas High School.

At the end of the day, though, Fernley prevailed in a three-way race for the team championship that came right down to the wire. Fernley produced key wins in the 220- and heavyweight divisions to secure the title by a single point over Douglas. The Vaqueros finished with 155.5 points, followed by the Tigers (154.5) and Yerington (151.5) in the 12-team standings.

Yerington came into the championship and consolation bracket finals nine points ahead of Douglas and 12 points ahead of Fernley.

Douglas coach Jacob Fair was not disappointed in the team's performance after finishing as the runner-up in its own tournament for the second year in a row.

"The team wanted to come out and make a statement," Fair said. "All the way down to Jaden Blanchard, our 113-pounder, and even Wyatt Grisell, our 106-pounder, who won his first match of the season, it was just a total team effort."

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Murray pinned three straight opponents to earn his second Carson Valley tournament title in three years, capped by a win over Bishop Manogue's Lincoln Hauck. Murray improved his season record to 17-3 (124-28 for his career at Douglas) and won his second Outstanding Wrestler award this season.

Though unseeded, Blanchard pinned four straight opponents to win the 113-pound title. The sophomore pinned No. 1 seed Logan Galvin of Yerington in 2:07 of the quarterfinals and only needed 54 seconds to pin No. 2 seed Gavin Breen of South Tahoe in the gold medal match.

"Jaden didn't have an easy opponent, but he had very strong determination and was able to rise to the occasion. Three of the opponents he beat were up on the (medal) podium with him, which says a lot," Fair said.

Williams pinned three straight opponents to win gold, capped by a win over Yerington's Logan Davis.

"A.W. (Williams) had a great day" the coach added. "He has refocused himself and picked up his intensity in the wrestling room, and this was his standout tournament."

Chad Singer also captured second-place at 170 pounds for Douglas. Gabe Wetzel and Chris Merritt placed third in their 152- and 160-pound divisions, while Shane Trivitt placed fourth at 138 pounds.

Singer, who started as a No. 4 seed, earned his berth in the finals with a 14-6 victory against South Tahoe's Jose Leon, a third-place medalist last season at the 3A state tournament. The junior wasn't as fortunate in his championship match, however, when he was pinned in the opening minute by Marcel Poracky of Churchill County. Poracky is a transfer who last season placed fourth at the South Carolina 3A state tournament for Battery Creek and before that wrestled for Carrollton, Ohio.

Merritt won his consolation final by fall in 39 seconds over Ethan Hansen of Spanish Springs and Wetzel won by a 6-3 decision over Churchill County's Blane Aicher.

"Our kids wrestled with a lot of heart," Fair said of the Tigers, who will compete Thursday and Friday at the Sierra Nevada Classic in Reno. "All of the work they're doing in the wrestling room is paying off."

Churchill County junior Sean McCormick received the Outstanding Lower Weight Wrestler award after an 18-6 victory against Brandon McCraney of Sparks. McCormick, a two-time state champion and third-place finisher at the recent Reno Tournament of Champions, improved his season record to 16-1.

The best match of the gold medal round came at 145 pounds, where Yerington senior Cade Draper held off Bishop Manogue sophomore Anthony Rosas for an 8-6 victory. Draper is a two-time 2A state champion with 165 career wins. Rosas is 13-1 this season.

Carson valley Lions

Team scores: 1, Fernley 155.5, 2, Douglas 154.5, 3, Yerington 151.5, 4, Churchill County 134.5, 5, Sparks 74, 6, South Tahoe 65.5, 7, Spanish Springs B 64, 8, Hug and Bishop Manogue 54, 10, Dayton 25, 11, Galena 21, 12, Excel Christian 17.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

106 pounds: Corbin Henderson (Fernley) d. Pedro Maldonado (Yerington), 9-2.

113 pounds: Jaden Blanchard (Douglas) p. Gavin Breen (So. Tahoe), :54.

120 pounds: Dallin Gresco (Spanish Springs) p. Tucker Callison (Dayton), 2:54.

126 pounds: Mason Smith (Churchill Co.) md. Walter Gudiel (Sparks), 18-6.

132 pounds: Andrew Williams (Douglas) p. Logan Davis (Yerington) 3:45.

138 pounds: Dana Reviglio (Yerington) d. Avery Aranas (Sparks), 10-2.

145 pounds: Cade Draper (Yerington) d. Anthony Rosas (Bishop Manogue), 8-6.

152 pounds: Carter Chapin (Fernley) md. Justin Barns (Yerington), 10-2.

160 pounds: Sean McCormick (Churchill Co.) tf. Brandon McCraney (Sparks), 21-6.

170 pounds: Marcel Poracky (Churchill Co.) p. Chad Singer (Douglas), 1:02.

182 pounds: No bracket.

195 pounds: Blake Murray (Douglas) p. Lincoln Hauck (Bishop Manogue), 2:47.

220 pounds: Setriano Piroddi (Fernley) p. Ryan Miller (Bishop Manogue), 4:42.

285 pounds: (Round robin format) 1, Ben Dooley (Churchill Co.); 2, Lonnie Slapinski (Fernley); 3, Robert Siavao (Galena); 4, Ben Otuafi (Churchill Co.).