Truckee trio wrestles well in Fernley |

Truckee trio wrestles well in Fernley

Provided to the SunTruckee High junior Bobby Waters, shown tossing an opponent to the mat with a Hi-C double leg takedown during the Burney Rotary on Jan. 12, went 5-1 in the Fernley Tournament this past weekend.

Three Truckee High wrestlers represented their program well in the Fernley Tournament on Jan. 18-19.

Truckee sophomore Kyle Mullen, seeded fourth at 125 pounds, placed fifth, going 3-2 in the tournament. Mullen made it to the semifinal in the championship bracket before losing to the eventual champion, Doug Delporto of Galena, by injury default in the first period.

That dropped Mullen into the consolation bracket, where he lost to Reese Sassinger of Reed by a score of 8-12, still showing signs of the injury he suffered in the prior match. Mullen won his final match.

Junior Bobby Waters, seeded fifth in the 145-pound weight class, earned himself a third-place medal by going 5-1 in the tournament. Waters defeated Trevor Gurley of Lovelock by pin in the second period of his first match before being pinned himself by A.J. Estrada in the fourth period of his second match.

“Bobby has been ill and was not wrestling on Friday with any energy,” Truckee assistant coach Marcus Waters, Bobby’s brother, said. “Saturday he seemed to gain much more energy and wrestled much better.”

On Saturday, Waters won his first match against Sam Gill of Reno by a rare forfeit.

He then defeated Kyle Firestone of Dayton, a strong wrestler, by pin early in the second period. Facing another competitive wrestler in Derek Gutierrez of Yerington, Waters took a 9-2 lead before winning by injury default.

The win set up a rematch with Estrada in the consolation finals match for third and fourth place.

After the first period ended tied at zero, Waters scored a two-point near fall to end the second period. Choosing to start the final period from the down position, Waters scored an escape and defended his legs to take a 3-0 win in the get-even match.

Truckee junior Robert Raber, wrestling at 160 pounds, went 4-1 in the tournament to place third. Raber began by pinning Colton Davenport of Fernley in the second period. His second match was against David Holloway of Yerington, whom he lost to earlier in the year by pin.

“Robert knew he had to beat Holloway on his feet and really defend his legs,” said Danny Curtis, Truckee’s assistant coach and head JV coach.

The first two periods were evenly matched with zero points scored. Holloway chose the top position for the last period, when Raber earned a one-point escape and fought hard to defend his legs to win the match. In his next match, however, Raber lost to the eventual champion, Trevor Grant of Lowry.

Raber pinned his next opponent, Jordan Beruman of Fernley, in the second period, then held on to win the consolation finals by a score of 10-9 against ROP’s Elisha Kelly for a hard-fought third place.

The Wolverines are hoping to get healthy for the Sparks Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Wrestling starts at 4:30 p.m. and 9 a.m.

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