Raber leads Truckee wrestlers to state championship
Five Truckee High wrestlers qualified to compete in the NIAA State Championship at the Northern 3A regional tournament at Lowry this past weekend.
The state championship will be held at Moapa Valley High School in Overton, Nev., on Saturday.
Truckee junior Robert Raber, seeded third in his 160-pound weight class, led the Wolverines with a second-place finish. He got started by pinning his first opponent, Ruben Torres of Dayton, before facing Yerington’s David Holloway.
“David is a very strong wrestler; his style is using a lot of muscle,” said Truckee wrestling coach Ron Curtis. “Muscle tires out fast. Robert just out-wrestled him on the mat.”
Raber beat Holloway by decision to set up a final match against Trevor Grant of Lowry. Grant eventually pinned Raber en route to a first-place finish in the weight class.
Junior Bobby Waters, seeded second in the 145-pound weight class, had a rough start to the tournament.
“Bobby kind of went off his normal pre-game routine and ate something that did not agree with him,” said Truckee assistant Marcus Waters, Bobby’s brother. “After his first match he vomited. That pretty much ruined his day, and he really did not recover from that.”
Waters’ next match was against the eventual champion, Dayton’s Kyle Firestone.
With Waters leading 7-2 entering the final period, his body shut down from his errant pre-game routine, and he lost by one point.
In his next match against Matt Bevington of Yerington, Waters again led 7-2 before his body shut down, leading to a three-point loss and a fourth-place finish.
“That is frustrating about his body shutting down,” said Truckee assistant Danny Curtis. “He has beaten everyone in his weight class during the year. But each person in his weight class has all beaten each other; it is a tough weight class.”
Truckee sophomore Kyle Mullen beat his first opponent, Ray Waters of Dayton, in the 125-pound weight class. Mullen’s next match was against the eventual champion, Fernley’s Kevin Martinez, whom he lost to by pin.
Mullen then pinned his next opponent, Moises Navarro of Incline, to set up a match against his nemesis, Jacob Miller of Sparks. Mullen ended up losing by decision to earn a fourth-place finish and shot to compete at state.
Ricky Cooper, wrestling in the 112-pound weight class, had a bye in the first round to set up his first match against the eventual champion, Cameron Hopper of Spring Creek.
Cooper beat his next opponent, Tyrell Cummings of Yerington, by decision to put him in the consolation finals. That match was against Incline’s Jesus Hernandez, who won by decision to give Cooper a fourth-place finish.
The final Truckee qualifier was Dylan Crosby, wrestling at 215 pounds.
In Crosby’s first match, he wrestled eventual champion Stephen Scrouch of Yerington. Crosby lost by pin, but not before putting pressure on Scrouch by leading 6-2.
“He really came out strong in that match and surprise Scrouch,” Ron Curtis said. “He looked good until his fated mistake.”
Crosby then pinned his next opponent, Charles Nicholaus of Lowry, to earn third place.