Alder Creek wrestling wins at Eagle Valley |

Alder Creek wrestling wins at Eagle Valley

The Alder Creek Middle School wrestling team won a dual tournament Wednesday at Eagle Valley, where several Cougars collected their first victories of the season competing among six other programs.

Amanda Novick, the only girl on the Alder Creek team, pinned two boys in her weight class before losing a match by a couple points.

“I felt that I wrestled my best out there,” said Novick, who left the tournament with a 2-1 record. “It was a big accomplishment for me. I’m looking to do my best tomorrow (Saturday) and try to qualify for State.”

Sam Mohun was another standout for the Cougars, as he picked up his first win of the season.-

“I’ve been having closer and closer matches,” Mohun said. “I finally won. It’s such a great feeling.”

Pat Shaffer also had been on a losing streak before pulling off his first win Wednesday.-

“I have worked very hard in the practice room and have not had anything to show for it,” Shaffer said with a smile on his face. “Coach (Danny Curtis) kept telling me to keep my head up and keep working hard. Coach said that one day I would get my first win. When I won, I raised my hands in the air. I felt so good. I have accomplished what I’ve been wanting to do for the longest time.”

Colten Rodriguez, who has been wrestling at 15 pounds under the lightest weight class, defeated several kids during the dual meet.

Fifth-grader Thor Retzlaff pulled off what his coach called “a great win against a good wrestler” when he pinned an opponent from Eagle Valley Middles School. Retzlaff then wrestled an opponent from Carson Middle School who is one of the toughest in the weight class and lost by one point.-

“It’s tough to wrestle as a fifth-grader,” Retzlaff said. “Everyone is older than me so I must work harder than the rest of the team in the practice room to do well. I came pretty close to beating Carson. It gave me a lot of confidence to wrestle at the qualifier.”

Coach Curtis said the dual at Eagle Valley was good for the Cougars’ confidence entering the State Qualifier on Saturday. Each wrestler had three or four matches, he said.

The Alder Creek wrestling team will compete in the State Championship Qualifier at Carson City on Saturday. Wrestlers must place in the top-4 to advance to the State Championship at Yerington on March 31.

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