Truckee wrestling | Gwerder, Curtis advance to state championship
Truckee senior captain Dustin Gwerder and sophomore Tyler Curtis advanced to the 3A State Wrestling Championships with top-three finishes at Northern Regionals in Elko this past weekend.
Gwerder, who at 189 pounds has medaled in every tournament he entered this season, won his first two matches before losing to Nick CdeBaca of Spring Creek in the regional title match.
Gwerder started by pinning Jake Roumanos of Spring Creek just 1 minute and 15 seconds into the first period. He then found himself in a heated semifinal match against Cody Anderson of two-time defending champion Lowry, which went on to win the regional team title over Spring Creek.
and#8220;Lowry does not like Truckee at all,and#8221; said Truckee coach Danny Curtis. and#8220;I think it’s because of football beating them up all the time.and#8221;
Truckee’s senior captain came out with energy against his 6-foot-3, 190-pound opponent, taking him down with a shot on his legs. Gwerder then turned Anderson to his back for some near-fall points and a 5-1 lead entering the second period.
Early in the second period Anderson eye-gouged Gwerder, causing the referee to stop the match. As Gwerder fixed his eye, Lowry’s coach hollered at the ref to start injury time. The ref refused because of the eye gouge and#8212; and he awarded Gwerder a penalty point, which infuriated the Lowry coaching staff.
As the match continued, Anderson shot in and Gwerder took him down to his back with a defensive move that teammates call and#8220;the poop scoop,and#8221; which sends the opponent to his back with his legs in the air. Gwerder entered the third period with a commanding 12-3 lead. But he wouldn’t need it, as he pinned Anderson in the third period with just 29 seconds remaining.
Lowry’s coached yelled some more as the wrestlers shook the other coaches’ hands.
and#8220;It was the most heated match of the year,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Ron Curtis.
Gwerder will enter the State Wrestling Championships as the North’s No. 2 seed, with a 34-9 record overall. He faces Tyrone Mills of Elko in first match at state.
En route to his third-place finish, Tyler Curtis pinned Elko’s Talon Johnny in 4 minutes and 2 seconds before losing to two-time state champion Jace Billingsley in the 152-pound weight class.
Curtis bounced back by beating Kolby Mays from Spring Creek, 6-3, and in the consolation finals beat Connor Salyas of Fernley, 13-9.
and#8220;Tyler wrestled very well,and#8221; said coach James Curtis. and#8220;He looks primed for the state championships.and#8221;
Tyler Curtis, who enters state with a record of 31-15, faces Boulder City’s Rudy Garcia in his first match.
Truckee’s Matt Baumann narrowly missed earning a state berth, as he finished eighth in the 171-pound division. The top seven wrestlers from each division advanced.
and#8212; Information for this article was e-mailed to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at email@example.com.