Drama unfolds at wrestling tournament
The Alder Creek Middle School wrestling team traveled to Fallon this past Saturday to compete in what turned out to be a marathon tournament, lasting until 7 p.m. ” five hours past the predicted time.
“It is by far the longest tournament of the season so far,” said Alder Creek head coach Danny Curtis.
The Cougars placed third behind Winnemucca and Carson, and had two wrestlers earn first place ” Javier Virrey, who is still undefeated, and Max Collinson, who has only one defeat. Both led the team last year in takedowns and wins.
“We have a strong team this year,” said Virrey, one of Alder Creek’s team captains. “I think we can beat the defending state champs (Winnemucca) this year at state.”
All the Cougars’ captains made it to the finals, with Brooks Hudson, Carlos Ramirez and Stien Retzlaff each placing second.
The tournament didn’t end without excitement, as a parent fight broke out in the middle of the mat, and Curtis had to assist in breaking it up.
It didn’t stop there.
With parents showing unsportsmanlike conduct, a Truckee wrestler was later beaten in the locker room. Spencer Pearson of Alder Creek was in the locker room without any other teammate when two older wrestlers from another school jumped him.
Pearson came out with a bloody lip and a bruised head, which began another incident in the tournament. The beating is not fully taken care of and is currently being treated.
“This was a very poorly ran tournament,” said Dave Lade, one of the Cougars’ coaches. “With the snack bar closing five hours early, people got hungry and tired, which caused bickering.”
On the brighter side, Alder Creek has been wrestling well all season, falling just short to the defending state champions and state runner-up. The Cougars will be fully staffed the next few weeks and should put out better team scores.
The Alder Creek Middle School wrestling team will compete in the State Qualifier at Douglas High School on Saturday. Counting the qualifier, six tournaments remain.