Alder Creek wrestlers perform well in state meet
Nearly every member of the Alder Creek Middle School wrestling team competed in the state championship tournament in Yerington last Saturday, where the squad placed ninth out of 26 teams.
Alder Creek finished just two points away from Incline, which placed eighth, and five points away from moving up a few more places.
Individually, four Alder Creek wrestlers placed: Stephen Zissimos, third; Martin Pearson, third; Tyler Curtis, fourth; and Kyle Mullen, fourth.
Zissimos almost made it to the finals before he lost, as the 120-pound wrestler fought back to the consolation finals with three pins in the tournament. Pearson, whose second-place finish in the qualifier the previous week gave him a good seeding at state, wrestled at the 85-pound weight class and fought hard to earn his third place.
Mullen, the lightest in his class at 115 pounds, earned his fourth place with two pins. He lost in the consolation finals against Carson, a close one-point match.-
“Kyle should be in the lower weight class,” said Alder Creek co-wrestling coach Chris Shearine. “He was the lightest of them all. He wrestled great at state giving up a lot of weight. He’s going to have a great career in high school.”
Alder Creek’s Tyler Curtis placed fourth after losing in the first round of the tournament. Curtis wrestled his heart out, his coach said, and in placing fourth brought home only the fourth state championship medal in Alder Creek’s history.
Josh Atwater faced his two nemeses right off the bat. He had a bad seeding and lost his first two matches.-
“Josh is a great competitor,” said Alder Creek co-wrestling coach Danny Curtis. “He works hard in the practice room and shows great leadership. He has a bright future ahead of him.”
Javier Virrey, who has the most wins on the Alder Creek team, also lost his first two matches.-
“Javier has one of the toughest weight classes and just happened to meet the two guys that give him problems,” Danny Curtis said.
Jamison White, a former state champion, had a tough day but didn’t go down without a fight. He lost his first two matches but gave his opponents great matches by almost pinning each of them.-
Vance Brown faced Fernley and Dayton.-
“Both Jamison and Vance will have good careers in high school” said Truckee High wrestling coach Ron Curtis. “I see them both placing at state later in high school. They will be good leaders in the near future.”
The highlight match of the day went to Morgan Nevin, another wrestler with a tough weight class. Nevin came close to placing by beating a Lovelock wrestler whom he lost to earlier in the season, in the finals at the Pua Wa Lu Invitational, 8-6.
“I wanted to beat him really bad after he beat me in the finals in an earlier tournament,” Nevin said after walking off the mat with a swollen black eye.
Nathan Tanner, who wrestled up a weight class, almost placed by beating a Winnemucca wrestler 19-4. But the weight proved too much for Tanner as he lost later in the tournament.-
Martin “Cheeks” Martinez, Alder Creek’s record holder for fastest pin, beat a wrestler from Battle Mountain and made it to the semi-consolation before getting knocked out of the tournament.-
Jackson Weed was beating Fallon before he got pinned with one second left in the match. Weed then beat an Eagle Valley wrestler before getting knocked out of the tournament in the consolation by the No 1-ranked wrestler.
Wrestling at the state championships is a great challenge, Danny Curtis said. Only the best are in the tournament.-
“Some of our wrestlers underestimated themselves and didn’t think they deserved to be in state,” Danny Curtis said. “I told them that we’re better that you think.
“Being our first-ever season for Alder Creek, our wrestlers were surprised to compete against other teams and beat them.”-
The Alder Creek wrestling team will cap its season in two weeks at a tournament in Quincy.
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