Alder Creek wrestling wins Dayton Tournament
The Alder Creek Middle School wrestling team sent 12 wrestlers to the finals en route to a first-place finish in the Dayton Tournament on Saturday.
Led by captains Morgan Nevin, Nathan Tanner, Brooke Hudson and Javier Virrey, the Cougars compiled more than 200 points to run away with the win.
Among the finalist were Justin Carter, Thor Retzlaff, Stein Retzlaff, Braden Waters, Griffin Brown, Stephen Zissimos, Carlos Ramirez, Blake Crosby and Dustin Gwerder.
“Having five finalist is a big deal,” said assistant coach Chris Shearin, referring to the number of wrestlers the Cougars sent to the finals in the Douglas Tournament the week before, when Alder Creek placed second. “Today we had 12. It’s a great feeling to see our wrestlers do this well.”
Seven Alder Creek wrestlers placed third or fourth in the Dayton Tournament. They include Connor Marshall, Tyler Curtis, Max Collinson, Mitch Ray, Tyler Cavaness, Cory Ackerman and Joseph Salmela.
“It’s fun to be part of a team this good,” said Curtis, whose three older bothers have wrestled since the age of 3, including Alder Creek head coach Danny Curtis.
Coach Curtis said the Cougars have had much support from the community early in the season.
“This is a great experience for our wrestlers to have a lot of fans in the stands who have been roaring throughout the tournament,” the coach said.
Said Nevin, one of the four team captains: “We did this good and we didn’t even have our full team here.”
Alder Creek will wrestle in the Incline Dual Tournament on Wednesday at 3 p.m. The Cougars then compete in a tournament in Tule Lake, Calif., on Saturday, where they will face wrestlers they have never seen and programs that have been in existence for decades, including teams from Oregon.
“This will be a tournament to test our strengths and allow us to get some really good competition,” Alder Creek assistant coach Ron Curtis said of the Tule Lake Tournament.
Tanner, one of the four team captains, has his eyes set on the Incline Dual.
“I can’t wait to dual Incline this Wednesday,” Tanner said. They’ve been a good team for a long time.”
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