Wrestling: Cauley, Fiene win tourney titles
January 24, 2012
The Douglas wrestling team, light on numbers all season, pulled off a breakout moment over the weekend, placing fourth out of 16 in the 35th annual Lawrence Miller Invitational in Martinez, Calif.
The Tigers only brought nine wrestlers and eight of those placed in the top 6.
“Everybody wrestled great,” Douglas coach Shane Miller said. “They’re really improving and they just keep working hard. They got to see some of the results with this tournament. It was a good weekend for us.”
The Tigers produced a pair of individual champions in the tournament with sophomore Sullivan Cauley (195) and senior Zach Fiene (132) winning their respective brackets.
Fiene was the highlight of the weekend for the Tigers as he rattled off four consecutive wins.
He recorded two pins and scored a 12-3 major decision in the final.
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“He wrestled really well,” Miller said. “He was just putting moves together and being smart with what he was doing. He didn’t give up any takedowns and he was moving one move into another into another. It’s just how we coach it.
“He pulled it all together and surpised a lot of people.”
Cauley improved to 23-2 on the year, going 3-0 with a pin after a first-round bye. He won his second-round matchup by a technical fall after going up 16-1.
After a pin in the semifinals, he wrestled to a hard-fought 4-2 win in the final.
“Sully has been strong all year,” Miller said. “He had a solid match in the finals. It was really close. He held onto a two-point lead and didn’t give up any easy points.”
Freshman Zach Singer went 2-1 and took second in the 182-pound class.
He pinned South Tahoe’s Tyler Nesbitt in the semifinals after having been pinned by Nesbitt in 43 seconds at the Lowry Invitational earlier this season.
“That was a big turnaround for him,” Miller said.
Senior Nick Lufrano took fourth at 220.
“He’s wrestling up like he has been all year,” Miller said. “He’s about 190 pounds, but he wants to fill a spot for us. It was good to see him get a result like that.”
Gio Baltazar-Hernandez (152) and Ian Kendrick (275) each took fifth in their respective brackets while Parker Hoshizaki (145) and Seth Trivitt (160) each took sixth.
“We’re getting better at the right time,” Miller said. “We just have to keep working and see what happens.”
Douglas hosts Wooster tonight at 6 p.m. and will host the Lions Club Invitational on Saturday with matches beginning at 9 a.m.
Admission to the tournament is $6 for adults and $4 for students and children. Douglas will be joined in attendance by Manogue, Fallon, Wooster, Sparks, Yerington, Dayton, Truckee, ROP and Silver Stage.