Curtis, Bolton ‘Super’ at Elko wrestling meet
Tahoe-Truckee High School wrestlers Danny Curtis and Sta’s Bolton returned to Truckee this week, bringing home impressive results for 3A wrestlers at the Super State Championship in Elko last weekend.
The meet paired up all wrestlers from 2A to 4A in an effort to crown overall state wrestling champions.
Curtis, a senior at 171 pounds, went 4-1 and finished in third after winning the regular state championship in Spring Creek the previous weekend.
Bolton, a sophomore at 140, went 1-2 and finished in seventh place a week after taking second at state.
The super state championship has no bearing on Curtis’ and Bolton’s finishes at the regular state championship.
Bolton first wrestled Battle Mountain’s Nick Sandu, who he had lost to at state the previous week.
This time, Bolton lost to Sandu 4-2, but was not pinned.
“He wrestled him a lot better this time, but still came up short,” said Ron Curtis, a Truckee wrestling coach.
His next match was against McQueen’s Tim Gass.
Bolton scored two takedowns and a reversal, coming out victorious at 6-2.
He then took on Josh Presser of Palo Verde, losing 12-0, bumping him out of the tournament.
“Sta’s’ weight class was one of the toughest at the tournament,” Ron said.
“I don’t think I did very well,” Bolton said in a telephone interview. “I was nervous.”
But he said his coaches have told him he’s only a sophomore and his best meets are in his future.
“They told me to hang in there,” Bolton said. “My goal next year is to get back there. I was pretty surprised I made it that far.”
Curtis came into the meet seeded third and set to take on Clark High’s Steven Smith. Curtis came out with a takedown, granby and near-pin to win 16-4.
In the quarterfinals, he wrestled Craig Cunningham of Elko. Curtis scored a takedown and applied two banana splits, the last of which he pinned Cunningham with.
In the semifinals, Curtis faced Mike Guerin of 2A indian Springs, losing 8-6, but never being pinned.
“The competition is usually a lot easier in the first couple of matches, but this time each match seemed like the championship match,” Danny said after the meet.
He then came up against Todd Wegant of Lowry, defeating him 7-4.
His final match was again against Cunningham, who lost to Curtis 12-6.
Both Bolton and Curtis went the entire season without being pinned. Curtis ended the season 55-2, with 42 pins, just one pin shy of making the national top-10 list.
“I’m pretty happy about it,” Curtis said. “I’d like to wrestle in college, but I’m not sure where yet.”
Curtis broke the Nevada state record of 40 pins in a season.
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