Tigers grab 4th-place finish
The Douglas wrestling team continued its successful season with a fourth-place showing last Saturday at the Alhambra Tournament in Martinez, Calif.
David Tingle and Matt Wilcks each won individual titles to lead the Tigers at the 22-team event.
Tingle pinned all four of his opponents to claim the 145-pound championship. He was named the tournament’s Outstanding Middle Weights Wrestler.
Wilcks also was a perfect 4-0 to win the 215-pound bracket.
The Tigers got off to a quick start and were leading the tournament after the second round. A few key losses in the semifinals dropped Douglas to sixth place heading into the championship round, where the wins by Wilcks and Tingle helped the Tigers climb two spots in the team standings.
John Hillenbrand also scored some crucial points with a second-place finish at 189 pounds. He was 3-1 for the tournament.
D’Art Johnson (140 pounds) and Matt Yaquinto (103 pounds) each finished third in his weight division for the Tigers. Both ended the tournament with 4-1 records.
Nathan Bennett took fifth place at 171 pounds. He was 3-2.
The Tigers competed in Martinez without seniors Romaine Smokey (125 pounds) and Drew Hall (160 pounds). Smokey skipped the tournament to give a back injury some extra time to heal. Hall is out for the season after dislocating his shoulder three weeks ago at the Carson Valley Lions Club Tournament at DHS.
“If Smokey and Hall were there, we would have had a great chance to win it,” Douglas coach Bill Nickerson said.
Allen Anderson turned in a 2-2 record at 112 pounds. Chris Bautista was 3-2 at 119 pounds, while Roger Pattison was 0-2 at 130 pounds and Steve Magee finished 1-2 at 135 pounds.
Grant Hall was 3-2 at 152 pounds. Stormy Herald, who was called up from the junior varsity to replace Drew Hall at 160 pounds, was 0-2. Mark Butti was 0-2 in the heavyweight division.
The Tigers will host their final home dual match on Wednesday when the Carson Senators come to the DHS gym. That meeting is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.
“We’re going to need every weight to beat them,” Nickerson said of the Senators, who won the Sparks Invitational two weeks ago. “We have to hope we don’t get pinned at certain weights.”