Top grapplers honored |

Top grapplers honored

by Donnie Nelson

The future is bright for the Douglas High School wrestling program.

The Tigers wrapped up a successful season last weekend by placing 17th in the state tournament. Five Tigers made the trip to Elko, with Bud Nollet placing second in the 103-pound division and Anton Toth placing sixth in the 140-pound classification.

Nollet, a junior, had another phenomenal year. He went 47-4 with 39 pins and won the 105-pound title at the Class 4A Northern Zone tournament. He led the team in points, takedowns (80) and pins (39). For his efforts, Nollet was named the team’s Most Valuable Wrestler.

Toth, a senior, finished the season 30-20 with 10 pins and a fifth-place showing in the zone tournament. Toth, one of the team’s co-captains, ranked fourth on the team in points.

Also competing for Douglas in the state meet were: senior Tony Alvarez, who finished third at zone and went 1-2 in the 130-pound division; senior Matt Reiner, who finished sixth at zone and went 2-2 at 160; and junior Garrett Anderson, who finished fifth at zone and went 0-2 at 215.

Reiner, a co-captain, was second on the team in points. Alvarez, another co-captain, ranked third on the team in points.

Other Douglas award winners included sophomore Dusty Maynes for most improved, Alvarez and Reiner for co-most inspirational, Alvarez for hardest wrestler and Dr. Joe Toth for Fan of the Year.

Other Douglas wrestlers who posted winning records this season were junior Frank Roza (17-7, 11 pins) at 112 pounds, sophomore Jeff Martin (14-9, 5 pins) at 119, Alvarez (32-17, 13 pins), junior Josh Harmon (7-5, four pins) at 135, freshman Drew Hall (15-13, nine pins) at 152, junior Mike Wentz (15-12, 12 pins), Reiner (32-17) and Ben Johnson (25-20, 15 pins) at 189.

“We will miss the three seniors who are leaving, but we have Bud, Frank, Jeff and (a host of others) coming back,” Douglas coach Mark Lilly said. “We have guys coming back with a lot of experience. Hillenbrand and Hall will be with us for three more years. Johnson will be a junior with two years of varsity experience.”

Sophomore Jason Tingle (4-6, two pins), junior Mark Magee (9-23), freshman John Hillenbrand (8-14, five pins), sophomore Carl Wymer (6-10), Maynes (4-10) and Anderson (13-18) also had productive seasons for Douglas.

“Every year, we get a little better,” Lilly said. “This year was another step in the right direction. Most of these guys have only been wrestling since the ninth grade. It just goes to show what you can do with a commitment and hard work, and that’s what we preach the most.

“Hopefully, the tradition will continue, and we’ll get more people out and get them started younger. I plan to do junior high wrestling at Pau-Wa-Lu the next six weeks.”

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