Tigers accomplish what they want at wrestling tourney
The Douglas High School wrestling team accomplished exactly what it was expected to last weekend at the Class 4A Northern Zone championship.
The Tigers finished eighth in the 13-school field with 92.5 points and got five wrestlers into this weekend’s state tournament.
Wooster, which had four individual champions, three runner-ups and one third-place finisher, won the team title with 204 points. Fallon, which had two champions, one runner-up and one third-place finisher, grabbed second with 185.5 points and Lowry, which had three champions and one runner-up, captured third with 154 points.
McQueen (140.5 points), Carson (113), Elko (107) and Galena (93.5) finished in the top seven. Reno (91), Reed (75.5), Sparks (68.5), Hug (65) and South Tahoe (1) rounded out the field.
Junior 105-pounder Bud Nollet was Douglas’ lone champion.
He pinned Cavin Ross of South Tahoe 1:09 into his first-round match and Frank DiMartino of Carson 1:57 into his quarterfinal match. He beat Brad Bradshaw of Reed, 16-4, in the semifinals and pinned Gerry Velasquez of Galena in 2:34 in the championship final.
Nollet, 44-3 on the season, is unbeaten since finishing second at Reno’s prestigious Sierra Nevada Classic in December. His two other losses this season have been to Wooster’s Mike Angelini (zone 112-pound champ) and Fallon’s Dan Shaw (zone 125-pound runner-up).
It still wasn’t a perfect tournament, if you ask Nollet.
“I thought I could have pinned my way through,” Nollet said. “But the last time I wrestled Bradshaw I made a mistake and he almost pinned me, so I was playing it safe today,” Nollet said.
“I’ll go all out at state and see what happens,” he added. “There are some good guys down south, I’ve heard a lot about them and I’m looking forward to seeing them.”
Other state qualifiers for Douglas and head coach Mark Lilly include Tony Alvarez, Anton Toth, Matt Reiner and Garrett Anderson.
“These have been our five most consistent kids we’ve had all year,” Lilly said.
The top six wrestlers in each weight class qualified for the state tournament, scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Elko. Competition begins Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. The championship finals are set to begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Alvarez (31-14) finished third in the 132-pound division. He beat Doug Brooks of Carson, 6-2, in the quarterfinals before losing to Buster Segura, 8-0, in the semifinals. He came back to beat Dan Hyde of Fallon, 2-0, in the consolation semifinals and Andy Toulouse of Elko, 5-1, in the third-place match.
Toth (29-21) placed fifth at 142. He defeated Steve Duncan of Hug, 7-2, in the first round and Brandon Lamborn of Carson, 10-6, in the quarterfinals. After losing in the semifinals and consolation semifinals, Toth pinned Neil Erickson of McQueen 23 seconds into the fifth-place match.
Reiner (30-15) finished sixth at 162. He pinned Luke Thornson of Lowry 1:58 into his first-round match and defeated Joe Howard of Carson in the quarterfinals. Reiner lost to Brenden Boise of Hug, 10-7, in the semifinals and then defaulted with injury in the consolation semifinals and the fifth-place match.
Reiner, a fourth-year varsity veteran, suffered a dislocated kneecap in his final match but hopes to be ready for state. He suffered the same injury, to the same knee, in his final match at last year’s zone tournament but was unable to recover in time to wrestle at state.
Anderson (16-18) placed fifth in the 217-pound division.
Also for Douglas, Ben Johnson went 1-2 and finished seventh in the 191-pound division, Dusty Maynes went 3-2 and placed seventh at 147, Drew Hall went 1-3 and placed eighth at 154, Carl Wymer went 1-2 in the 173-pound division and Mark Magee went 0-2 at 137.
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