Alder Creek wrestler Nevin takes State
Cougars team captain Morgan Nevin became Alder Creek Middle School’s first wrestling champion at the Tah-Neva State Championships in Yerington on Saturday.
Nevin, who posted a record of 19-3 wrestling at 140 pounds this season, has taken first place in every tournament he has entered. He’ll be put to the test starting Friday when he and his Alder Creek teammates compete in the World of Wrestling National Championship at the Live Stock Events Center in Reno.
“It will be a wonderful experience for Morgan and the rest of the team to come against competition from across the U.S.,” said Alder Creek head coach Danny Curtis.
Curtis has high hopes that his second-year Alder Creek wrestling program will hold its own in Nationals, as the Cougars won three straight tournaments before entering last week’s State Championship and boast a deep roster full of strong wrestlers.
Those wrestlers proved what they were capable of this past Saturday.
Team captains Brooks Hudson (95 pounds) and Javier Virrey (105 pounds) each took second place in their weight divisions at State. Brooks, a returning wrestler from last year, had been practicing with Truckee High wrestlers before Alder Creek’s season. Virrey posted a 17-3 record during the season and won every tournament entering State.
Carlos Ramirez (165 pounds) went 13-3 during the season and placed second in Yerington.
Eighth-grader Dustin Gwerder (110 pounds) placed third in the State Championship while showing much promise toward the end of the season, Curtis said.
Griffin Brown (125 pounds) placed third and posted a record of 18-4. Griffin, a first year wrestler, has placed in every tournament of the season.-
Max Collinson (110 pounds), another first-year wrestler, went 18-9 and placed fourth at State. Collinson in the semifinal had to beat teammate Stein Retzlaff (110 pounds), who went 14-6 and led the Cougars in pins during the season, in order to place.
“It was a tough match to watch,” Curtis said. “To see these two go head to head with only one continuing was nerve wracking.”
Mitch Ray (115 pounds) took a 13-7 record to State, where he placed fourth. Curtis said Ray, who wrestled for the Cougars as a fifth-grader last year, will be a top prospect next season.
The Alder Creek wrestling program, now in its second year, is headed by coach Danny Curtis. Part of an avid wrestling family, Curtis is a former Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA) state champion from Truckee High, where he set a number of school records. Curtis also wrestled for University of Nevada, Reno and became a college All-American in 2003. His younger brother, James Curtis, also is a former state champion, while brother Tim Curtis, a senior at Truckee High, was state runner-up this past season.
The World of Wrestling National Championships will be held at the Live Stock Events Center in Reno on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Wrestling will start at 8:30 a.m. each day and end at 10:30 p.m. The Alder Creek wrestling team will bring 32 wrestlers to compete.