Wrestling: Thoene clinches state berth
The Douglas wrestling team managed to produce a state qualifier during the Northern Division I Regional Championships last weekend in Reno.
Douglas junior Chance Thoene, who progressively improved for the Tigers throughout the season, put the wraps on a break out season by taking third in the 285-pound weight class.
Thoene pinned Reed’s Damon Gebhardt in 1:50 to earn his ticket to this weekend’s state tournament at the Reno Livestock Event Center.
Spanish Springs hauled in the team title after thoroughly dominating the tournament across the board. The Cougars finished with 222 team points while Carson rallied to finish second with 155 points. McQueen was third at 132.5, narrowly edging out Damonte Ranch at 132 points.
Douglas finished 10th in the team standings.
Spanish Springs produced four individual regional champions, 10 state qualifiers and 12 top-four placers.
Thoene had a first-round bye and won a 6-4 decision over McQueen’s Ryan Hartman to advance to the regional semifinals in the bracket.
There, he was pinned by eventual regional champion Chase Hauder of Spanish Springs.
Thoene recovered to pin Wooster’s Brandon Smith in 4:15 in the consolation semifinals. That set up his win in the third-place match.
Ian Kendrick narrowly missed the state cut for Douglas, coming in fourth in the 220-pound class behind Spanish Springs’ Anthony Walsh.
Kendrick had to battle his way through the consolation bracket after getting pinned in the second round by Walsh.
He pinned McQueen’s Damon Ramos in 4:49 in the consolation semifinals before losing in the third-place match.
Elias Anderson (132 pounds) survived into the second day, winning his opening match against Galena’s Jonathan Gunzel by a 12-3 major decision before getting pinned in the second round by Spanish Springs’ Rito Hernandez.
Anderson claimed a 16-9 overtime win in the consolation bracket to advance to the second day.
He pinned Hug’s Al-Don Kaluau in 1:54 but lost to Carson’s Cole McCarthy in the consolation semifinals.
145-pounder Garrett Seward won his opening match, pinning Manogue’s Connor Nelson in 1:14. He was pinned by North Valleys’ Steven Johnson in the second round but recovered to pin Reed’s Travis Moore in the consolation bracket to advance to the second day. He fell in the consolation quarterfinals.
Zach Singer received a first-round bye in the 195 bracket but was pinned by McQueen’s Josh Ramos in the following match. He stayed alive into Saturday, though, pinning Galena’s Kayden Wasley in 1:45 in the consolation bracket.
On Saturday, Singer pinned Spanish Springs Nikk Audenreid in 3:24 but was bested 8-6 in the consolation semifinals by Damonte Ranch’s Rory Anderson.
Former Douglas standout Sullivan Cauley, who now wrestles for Reno, claimed the 195-pound regional title with a 6-4 decision over Spanish Springs’ Brik Chesley.
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