Wrestling: Ames wins, Tigers 4th at home tourney
The Douglas wrestling team just keeps chugging along as it draws nearer to the Northern 4A Regional Championships next week.
The Tigers placed an impressive fourth at its home tournament – The Carson Valley Lions Club Invitational – over the weekend, again despite only having nine scoring wrestlers (11 total, two competed without the benefit of being able to earn points for the team).
Yerington and Reed tied for the team title in the 15-school field but Yerington prevailed on the basis of more pins (24-23). Galena was third at 118 points and Douglas and Fallon were tied for fourth at 115.5 points.
The highlight of the day was Douglas senior Logan Ames, who won the 126-pound weight class in dominating fashion.
He went 2-0 with a pair of pins to get to the finals and then pinned Fallon’s Nate Heck in the final in 3:05 to claim the title.
Sophomore Sullivan Cauley was the only other Tiger to advance to the finals in the tournament, where he wrestled in perhaps the best match of the day against defending state, regional and Reno Tournament of Champions champ Broc Westlake of Reed.
There wasn’t much difference between the two wrestlers physically, and Westlake had to essentially ride the strength of an early takedown to the win.
Once Westlake had Cauley on the mat, Cauley nearly turned around a reversal which would have tied up the match. Instead, Westlake released him, giving up the one-point escape.
From there, Westlake settled for scoring takedowns when he could and releasing Cauley before giving up possible reversals.
Cauley was able to narrow the score to 6-4 with 59 seconds remaining in the second period and later cut it down to 8-5 before Westlake sealed the 10-6 win with a takedown at 34 seconds remaining in the match.
Cauley had pinned his early-round opponents in 54 and 22 seconds to reach the finals.
Senior Nick Lufrano took third, going 3-1 with three pins, including one in 19 seconds and another in 45.
In the consolation final, he built a commanding 13-3 lead against his opponent from Reed before turning it around into a pin in 4:50.
170-pounder Eduardo Jacob had a breakthrough tournament for the Tigers, also going 3-1 with three pins to take third. The performance improved his season record to- 5-6, suggesting that he could be peaking at the right time.
Senior Zach Fiene was fourth at 132 pounds, going 2-2 with an impressive 18-2 technical fall in the early rounds.
Seth Trivitt also finished fourth, going 3-2 with two pins at 160 pounds, coming back to pin an opponent from Wooster that had pinned him in a dual match earlier in the week.
Freshman Zach Singer went 3-2 with pins in 33 and 34 seconds in 182-pound class. He also avenged a pin against Wooster from earlier in the week with a pin of his own.
Douglas takes on rival Carson High in Carson City tonight to close out the regular season.
Regional championships begin Feb. 10, followed by state on Feb. 17 in Las Vegas.