Quick finishes highlight weekend of wrestling
The Truckee wrestling team packed up and hit the road for a tournament in Sutter, Calif., last weekend where the team took on 26 other squads and finished the day with eight, top-five finishes.
Senior Andrew Parkhurst led the Wolverines at the junior varsity tournament on Friday, Jan. 12, putting together his best tournament of the season with a first-place finish at 220 pounds. Parkhurst won his first two matches by fall, which included a possible school record for fastest match, according to Head Coach Jim Bennett, when he took out his opponent from Willits High School in 12 seconds. Parkhurst then took a 4-1 decision in the finals to claim the 220-pound title.
Also at 220 pounds, sophomore Kevin Castellanos picked up a win via fall to finish in fourth place.
Truckee also had senior Thomas Daly pick up two wins by fall at 145 pounds to finish fourth. Freshman Jack Nowling also earned Truckee a fourth place out of the 138-pound division.
Freshman James Atkinson continued his strong campaign for the team at 106 pounds with a fifth-place finish. Atkinson took a 10-1 technical fall win in his first match, and after losing his next two matches, bounced back by pinning his opponent in the fifth-place match.
Also claiming fifth places were freshman Ayden Luther at 120 pounds with a win via fall and another by forfeit, and freshman Brandon Velasquez with a with a win by fall in the 126-pound consolation bracket, followed by a 19-4 technical fall victory in the fifth-place match.
Junior Zach Haas also picked up a first-place finish by default, according to Bennett.
On the girls’ side, freshman Ally Green competed for the team in the 138-pound division and finished in sixth.
On the varsity level, senior Reed Belardi went 1-2 with a pair of tight decision losses.
The Wolverines will next be at the Vaquero Classic in Fernley on Jan. 19-20.
Truckee’s youth team also hit the mats last weekend for a tournament in Fallon on Sunday, Jan. 14.
The youngsters took seventh overall and brought home six medals. Jack Ridgel led the team with a first-place finish. Lucas Scapini took second, and earned an extra trophy for the fastest pin of the tournament at 16 seconds.
Sammy Svitana, Hank McDaniels, and Jason Pribble all took third for the team. Brodi McThorn and Joseph Svitana wrestled their way to fifth places.