Alder Creek wrestlers kick off season with success
The Alder Creek wrestling team took second place at the Fernley Invitational this past Saturday, with six finalists bringing home four gold medals. Team captain Alex Davis took first place after pinning his opponent in the finals, while fellow captains Javier Virrey took home his second gold medal out of two tournaments this season and Justin Carter took his first gold medal while remaining undefeated.First-year wrestler Caleb Clement put himself in the finals and pinned his opponent in the first period to take the gold, and Dylan Clifton made it to the finals by beating his opponent by 15 points; he took home silver. Julian Aguiere took home a silver medal as well. Our team has been working hard at practice and it shows on the mat, said Alder Creek Head Coach Danny Curtis. I am very proud of my wrestlers.Other medalists were Austin Brock who was consolation champion in third place, Nick Arnone (third), Nico Duner (third), Spencer Pearson (third), captain Thor Retzlaff (third), captain Gregory Engler (fourth), Emmett Foster (fourth), Nathan Golden (fourth), Paul Buschmann (fourth), Ryley McConn (fourth), Sam Mohun (fourth), and Steven Diaz (fourth).The team opened its season hosting the Mountain Man Classic for the 16th year on Feb. 28, which featured 200 wrestlers. Alder Creek took third and got to keep one of the custom-made trophies made of glass sand blasted with a wooden stained block truly one-of-a-kind. The Cougars had seven wrestlers in the finals: Justin Carter, Javier Virrey, Cody Tilton, Spencer Pearson, Thor Retzlaff, Gregory Engler and Mitchell Harrity. Each of them wrestled hard to bring home gold medals. Other medalists included Dylan Clifton, Caleb Clement, Alex Davis, Tyler Curtis, Nick Arnone and Austin Brock.UP NEXT: Alder Creek travels to Modoc High School on Saturday for a California youth wrestling tournament. I remember wrestling in this tournament when I was little, coach Curtis said. It is a fun tournament and we get to see different wrestlers outside our league.Truckee Wrestling Youth, with wrestlers from first through fifth grade, will be on hand as well. To join the team visit http://www.truckeewrestling.com and click Contact to reach coach Curtis.