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Alder Creek Middle School wrestling | 11 Cougars compete at state

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Alder Creek Middle School qualified 11 wrestlers to compete in the Middle School State Championships in Carson City recently.

To qualify, the wrestlers had to earn a medal at the previous week’s Tah-Neva championships. Four Alder Creek wrestlers qualified with wins in the regional competition, including eighth-graders Cody Tilton and Carl Buschmann and seventh-graders Conor Jacobs and Erik Swalander. Ryley McConn, Carson Cottel, Wulfe Retzlaff and Hudson Verbeck qualified with runner-up finishes, while Sean Bokinskie advanced to state after placing third, and Aaron Bokinskie and Quinn Cottel advanced after placing fourth.

Cody Tilton, a team captain and state runner-up from last year, was the favorite to win entering the tournament. He pinned his way to the finals, where he wrestled Medina from Winnemucca in the title match. Tilton took led 2-1 after the first period, but Medina took a 4-2 lead in the second and stalled out in the third to win by the same score.

Alder Creek’s most stacked weight class is 110 pounds, with two team captains, Sean Bokinskie and Conor Jacobs, as well as Retzlaff, who was among the top eight in the nation two years ago. Their weight class also had the most wrestlers, creating a tough 16-man bracket.

Bokinskie and Retzlaff wound up wrestling each other in the semifinals, as each of them wrestled three matches prior to that. Bokinskie had beaten Retzlaff all season until this match. Retzlaff won in a close match to advance to the finals as Bokinskie went to the consolation.

Bokinskie won his next two matches to take third in the state tournament, while Retzlaff went on to lose to another teammate, Jacobs, in the final match, giving Jacobs the title and Alder Creek a sweep of first through third place.

In the final,

and#8220;It’s an honor to coach kids whose toughest competition is their own wrestling partner,and#8221; said Alder Creek coach Dave Swalander.

Jacobs got the first takedown and was leading 2-0 going into the third period. Jacobs then scored a two-point reversal after choosing the bottom position to start the second period. He then scored another takedown in the third period to become the first state champion from Alder Creek since 2008.

Carson Cottel, a captain, had a bye before losing to a wrestler from Battle Mountain in the semifinal round. Cottel eventually took third after winning 9-5 in his consolation final.

Carl Buschmann made it to the finals and wrestled Cerna from Pa Wa Lu. Buschman slammed his opponent down and in doing so hit his face on the back of his opponent, causing a bloody nose that took almost 10 minutes to clean up. Eventually, after more blood continued when the match started again. Buschman never gave up, as he began using anything and everything he had in the final seconds as he trailed 5-4. But it was not enough as he lost the match.

Erik Swalander pinned his first opponent in 33 seconds and his second opponent in 19 seconds, striking fear in his competition by recording such quick pins. But he went on to lose in the finals, 5-1, to a wrestler from Winnemucca. It was only his third loss all season.

Ryley McConn had a bye then pinned a Lovelock opponent in 52 seconds in the semifinals. He then lost in the finals to a freestyle wrestler, marking only his third loss of the season.

Aaron Bokinskie lost his first match then wrestled in the consolation with his back to the wall. He won 9-4 against South Tahoe. His next match was against Winnemucca, and it didn’t start well as Bokinskie fell behind by a score of 7-2. In the third period, however, Bokinskie turned and pinned his opponent to earn a third-place medal.

Quinn Cottel, Sean Bokinskie and Hudson Verbeck all came within one match of placing.

Alder Creek took fifth place overall as a team and will be headed to Big Valley for some tough California competition in hopes of sending some wrestlers to the World of Wrestling Reno Nationals.

and#8212; This article was submitted to Sports Editor swright@sierrasun.com.

Sara Schmidt 4-13

Cody Tilton 22-3

Cole Harrity 10-2

Hudson Verbeck 10-6

Ian Schmidig 9-7

Quinn Cottel 15-12

Josh Smith 2-10

Aaron Bokinskie 19-7

JJ Bellon 15-2

Sean Bokinskie 20-6

Wulfe Retzlaff 23-6

Carson Cottel 16-6

Conor Jacobs 20-3

DJ Barbato 5-6

Kyle Cutler 3-5

Jake Moats 12-10

Carl Buschmann 24-3

Ryley McConn 8-3

Erik Swalander 15-3

Siggy Edgett Wohlfahrt 1-2


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