Alder Creek kicks off wrestling season
The Alder Creek Middle School wrestling team has competed in two tournaments so far this season ” a dual meet at Carson Valley Middle School on Wednesday and the Fernley Invitational this past Saturday.
On Wednesday, the Cougars collected more wins than losses, with Carlos Ramirez, Sam Mohun, Nick Arnone and Gregory Engler all going undefeated while pinning every opponent.
Ramirez, an eighth-grader weighing in at 150 pounds, is currently ranked third in the state. He took second at state last year and is eyeing to win it all this season. He lost his first match of the season, and it left him with feelings of redemption.
“I want to beat anyone who crosses my path,” Ramirez said.
Arnone, a 120-pound seventh-grader, came out of nowhere to go undefeated while physically controlling all his matches.
“Nick listens to the coach well during his matches,” said Alder Creek head coach Danny Curtis, adding that he was surprised by his early victories.
“It feels good to win my first match ever,” Arnone said with a smile.
Mohun, at 75 pounds, currently has the most takedowns on the team. “Sam has improved tremendously since last year,” said coach Dave Lade. “I think he’s been eating his Weaties!”
Engler, a sixth-grader, has learned a lot from older brother Alex, who placed fourth in the high school JV Championships this season. “It helps a lot to have an older brother in high school wrestling,” he said.
Another standout wrestler for the Cougars was rookie Austin Brock, who recorded a 15-second pin and came out with a winning record. The second fastest pin of the day went to Colten Rodriguez, who pinned his opponent in 19 seconds. Rodriguez is one of the lightest wrestlers in his weight class.
The Cougars kicked off their season this past Saturday with the Fernley Invitational, where they met top-tier teams like Carson, Eagle Valley, Yerington, Fernley, Carson Valley, Douglas and others.
Despite the competition, Alder Creek performed well, placing third place behind Yerington and Carson. The Cougars sent three wrestlers to the finals ” Javier Virrey, Thor Retzlaff and Tyler Cavaness.
Virrey, one of the team captains and a runner-up at state last year, took first at the tournament. This year he wants to win it all while making his team better. “I just want to do my best for the team,” he said.
Thor Retzlaff, a sixth-grader, took second at the tournament. He wrestled on the team last year and had success.
“Thor was one of the lucky ones to come up as a fifth-grader,” Curtis said. “We don’t bring them up any more.”
Cavaness, an eighth-grader at 175 pounds, made it to the finals by pinning his opponent in 46 seconds in the semis. He made it to the finals several times last year. “My goal is to bring home some gold,” Cavaness said.
Other tournament placers were Justin Carter in third; Stein Retzlaff third; Max Collinson third; Braden Waters third; Carlos Ramirez third; Alex Davis fourth; Mitchell Harrity fourth; Scotty Lebel fourth; Brooks Hudson fourth; Nico Duner fourth; Zakk Ray fourth; and Jose Vidaca fourth.