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Wrestling: Spates makes history at Miller Invite

by Joey Crandall

In the 34-year history of the Lawrence Miller Wrestling Invitational in Martinez, Calif., no athlete has ever won a tournament championship four times.

That is, until Saturday.

Douglas High standout Dillon Spates continued his stellar campaign by breezing through the 130-pound bracket with three pins and a 3-2 decision in the final.

His efforts garnered the tournament’s Outstanding Lightweight Wrestler award.

Previously, he had won titles in the 125-, 119- and 103-pound divisions. Saturday’s title gave him a perfect career slate at the tournament hosted by Alhambra High School.

The tournament was also a high-point for the entire Tiger wrestling team.

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Although Douglas only had eight wrestlers available for the tournament – three of whom were in the same weight class – four competing athletes placed, marking a season best.

Sophomore Sean Merritt continued his mid-season breakout, going 5-1 to take third in the 140-pound bracket.

Connor Jobe took fifth at 171, going 3-2 with two pins. Noah Kelly, also competing at 171, recorded a first round pin before losing to Jobe.

Senior Daniel Lundergreen took sixth in the 152-pound bracket, going 3-2 as well.

Freshman Sullivan Cauley went 1-2 in a loaded 160-pound bracket, recording a first-round pin.

Douglas will compete at the Fernley Invitational this weekend and then return to Sierra League action Jan. 26 at Wooster.