Wrestling: Tigers qualify 3 for state tournament
The Douglas High wrestling team had just eight athletes competing in the Northern 4A Regional Wrestling Championships at Carson High over the weekend.
Of those, three advanced to the finals of their respective weight classes. And two of those were underclassmen.
The Tigers made a statement Saturday afternoon to the rest of the region that while their numbers are down this year, the core is there to be very strong in the coming years.
Douglas had three wrestlers qualify for this weekend’s state tournament in Las Vegas.
Carson High pulled off an upset victory in the team competition as Nico Garcia pinned Douglas’ Zach Singer in the 182-pound championship to vault the Senators past highly-touted Spanish Springs for the team championship by a narrow 215.5 to 212 point margin.
It was Carson’s 12th regional title in school history and its first since 2007.
Douglas’ Sullivan Cauley advanced to the finals in the 195-pound class as expected, but the freshman Singer (182 pounds) and senior Logan Ames (126) were surprises in advancing to the finals.
Singer was just a No. 4 seed heading into the tournament while Ames had been seeded No. 2 in the Sierra League.
Cauley blasted through the early rounds, pinning Damonte’s Mike Finazzi in 1:42 and North Valleys’ Hunter Labarber in 2:33 on Friday to advance to the Saturday semifinals.
There he pinned Reed’s Damon Gebhardt in 1:24, setting up a showdown with Reed’s Broc Westlake, the defending regional, state and Reno Tournament of Champions champ.
The two met in January at Douglas’ Lions Invitational with Westlake winning 10-6.
Cauley fell behind early and took some chances in attempting a comeback which Westlake was able to fend off on his way to a 13-5 win.
Singer pinned Reno’s Mike Smith in 3:35 and scored a 10-5 decision over Manogue’s Dyson Thormodsgaard to advance to the semifinals.
There he pinned Wooster’s Dave Alexander, a wrestler he’d traded pins with earlier in the season, in 1:08 to advance to the final against Carson’s Garcia.
Ames, who started coming on strong at the midpoint of the season after winning the Miller Invitational in Martinez, Calif., earned a first-round bye and pinned McQueen’s Mike Paulk in 3:49 to advance to the semifinals.
He advanced to the finals with a 13-7 win over Nick Oliver of Galena. Carson’s Cole McCarthy pinned him in the third round of the championship bout.
Douglas 170-pounder Eduardo Jacob went 2-2 wth a pair of pins and Parker Hoshizaki scored the Tigers’ only other win of the tournament.
Douglas finished ninth as a team.
Joey Crandall can be reached at (775) 782-5121, ext. 212.