Curtis leads four Truckee wrestlers into state tournament
Tim Curtis rebounded from a tough start to capture third place in his 160-pound weight class to provide the top highlight for Truckee High at the Northern 3A Regional Wrestling Championships in Spring Creek on Saturday.
After dropping a 5-4 decision in his opening-round match against Lowry’s Terence Henriod, Curtis fought back through the consolation bracket to win two matches and earn his third-place medal. Curtis defeated Lowry’s Andrew Higbee 6-1 in the third-place match.
Curtis was the regional 152-pound champion last year before moving up to compete in the more competitive 160-pound class.
As a team, Truckee finished seventh in the tournament with 56 points. Spring Creek edged Lowry by a 210-208.5 score to take the championship.
In all, Truckee had four wrestlers qualify for the state tournament next weekend at Spanish Springs High School in Sparks. The top five finishers in each weight class advanced.
Sophomore Bobby Waters punched his second straight ticket to state with a fourth-place finish in the 135-pound weight class. Waters lost 6-0 to Incline’s Kyle Bradshaw in the first round, came back to win two straight consolation bracket matches by pin ” one over Spring Creek’s Alex Baker to avenge an 11-2 loss earlier in the season ” and finally dropped a 3-0 decision to Bradshaw in a rematch for the third-place medal. Waters qualified for state as a 125-pounder last year.
Freshman Kyle Mullen placed fourth at 119 pounds. Mullen won his opening-round match, lost in the semifinals, won by pin in the consolation bracket and was pinned himself by Spring Creek’s Sam Andersen in the third-place match.
Nick Krasensky placed fifth at 145 pounds for the Wolverines.
Robert Raber placed sixth at 152 pounds, dropping a 10-5 decision to Yerington’s David Dixon in the fifth-place match. Raber reached the semifinals by winning his first two matches, including a second-round 14-9 decision over teammate Cole Hodges.
Ryan Pearce placed sixth at 125 pounds.
The NIAA 2A, 3A, 4A State Wrestling Championships, presented by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, will be held Friday and Saturday at Spanish Springs High School in Sparks. The 3A opening ceremonies will be held at 11:20 a.m. on Friday.
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