The Incline Middle School wrestling team wrapped up its season by taking seven wrestlers to the Tah-Neva State Championships in Fallon this past weekend.
Incline Wrestlers Chris Miller, Keenan Collier, Esten Flores, Cameron Kent, Fidel Rodriguez and Chase Buergin all wrestled like true champs.
Kent, Miller and Collier all earned the chance to step on the mats at state their first year wrestling. All three wrestlers displayed great improvement from the beginning of the season.
“These guys are great wrestlers. They made it to state, worked hard this year, and showed there true colors,” said coach Linda Cronin. “If they work hard next year and put their minds to it, they can do anything. We know these guys are champs; when they realize it too, they will do big things.”
Esten Flores ended the day in fourth place, and is already making goals for next year. Esten finished first at the zone tournament, and he could have done so again at state, but a few little hiccups changed the course of that outcome.
“It is impossible to be perfect, especially in wrestling,” said coach Jordan Cronin. “As a coach you want to see your athletes perform to the best of their ability, but you have to take the punches and start working for next year, where Esten will earn exactly what he deserves.”
Eighth-grade veteran and team captain Fidel Rodriguez also had an impressive season, which ended with him earning a fourth-place medal. Rodriguez wrestled smart and tough, and his matches that ended in a loss truly could have gone either way on any given day.
Fellow eighth-grader and team captain Chase Buergin went to work and finally earned his state title. Buergin brought home the gold, and did so in a dominating way. Match after match Buergin showed he was the superior wrestler.
“Chase and Fidel are not just great wrestlers, but great young men as well,” Jordan Cronin said. “I look forward to seeing them evolve on and off the mat throughout their high school career. I am sad to see them go, but I know they will do great things.”
This season may be at a close, but the program is continually growing each year. The wrestlers who were newcomers now will be stepping into the leadership roles, and new wrestlers will enter.
“The team this year was great. They put in effort, worked hard, had fun, and that is what Jordan, Linda and me all love to see,” said assistant coach Jessie Segoviano. “We know all members of the team have the ability to make it to state, and I hope I see these guys with me on high school team in the near future.”