Alder Creek wrestlers on a roll
Eleven Alder Creek Middle School wrestlers went undefeated in a dual meet at Paw Wa Lu on Wednesday night.
Steven Baker, Thor Retzlaff, Stein Retzlaff, Nick Arnone, Javier Virrey, Max Collinson, Cory Neill, Julian Thomas, Austin Brock, Carlos Ramirez and Tyler Cavaness combined for zero losses in what was another impressive showing by the Cougars.
“The Retzlaff brothers are really showing themselves as a one-two punch for the team,” said Alder Creek head coach Daniel Curtis.
The older of the two, Stein Retzlaff, who is one of the team captains, has a record of 6-2 and is showing great improvement each week. Thor Retzlaff, a sixth-grader, has a record of 5-3.
Arnone, a rookie, has pinned two more of his opponents and has a record of 5-2.
Max Collinson has been showing domination in his weight class, his coach said,
using moves that require legs and are hard to accomplish. “Max has been leg riding like a pro,” Curtis said.
Virrey has a record of 7-0 and just tied the school record for fastest pin, in 6 seconds.
Mohun recorded 28 takedowns on Wednesday and has a total of 49 on the season.
With seven tournaments still to come, he is already moving in on the school record of 56 takedowns. Mohun is the shortest wrestler on the team, and his opponents think he’s an easy target. Guess again. Mohun pound for pound is the toughest wrestler on the team, pummeling his opponent in live action. He has a record of 11-6.
Thomas, another rookie, is on a winning streak with five straight victories, starting last week when he took first place in a tournament.
Austin “Oddie” Brock has been showing huge improvement and is wrestling like a veteran by pinning his opponents with stellar quickness, his coach said.
Ramirez has a record of 7-2 and has pinned his way through all his wins.
Cavaness wrestled in the heavyweight class on Wednesday and showed he could handle the weight change by pinning his opponent in 25 seconds.
Connor Marshall, Emmett Foster and Spencer Pearson all have recorded their first win of the season.
“It always feels good to win the first one,” said coach Alex Engler.
Scotty Lebel and Mitchell Harrity have shown dominance in their weight classes. Lebel has a record of 10-6 and Mitchell Harrity 7-6, each with more than 23 takedowns.
The Alder Creek Middle School wrestling team will compete in the State Qualifier at Douglas High School on Saturday. Counting the qualifier, seven tournaments remain.