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Truckee wrestling | Gwerder takes fourth at state

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Courtesy of Hans Baumann / abdiver.smugmug.comTruckee senior captain Dustin Gwerder competes in the 3A State Wrestling Championships. Gwerder placed fourth in the 189-pound weight class.
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Truckee senior team captain Dustin Gwerder finished 2-2 in the 3A State Wrestling Championships on Feb. 18 to earn a fourth-place medal.

Gwerder, who entered the state meet as the North’s No. 3 seed at 189 pounds, faced Elko’s Tyrone Mills to start things off.

Gwerder had a close match against Mills two weeks prior in which Gwerder pinned Mills in the third period when it was tied up. With the earlier match in mind, the two evenly matched wrestlers knew they had a tough match on their hands.-

In the first period Mills got in on Gwerder’s legs and took him down several times to take an 8-4 lead. Gwerder fought back by throwing Mills to his back three times during the match, but only scoring on one of them as he lost 12-7.-

Now in the back of the consolation bracket, Gwerder had to fight with his back against the wall. His next match was against Jake Roumanos of Spring Creek. For some reason the Lowry coach sat in the same corner with Spring Creek to help beat Gwerder.

and#8220;I have never seen another coach in the same corner of another team,and#8221; said coach Danny Curtis. and#8220;It’s like both teams despise you so much that they work together to beat you.and#8221;

Gwerder wrestled with nothing to lose and pinned him 57 seconds into the first period.

That set up a semifinal against Cody Anderson from Lowry on the second day of the state meet. The drama was in place, as parents from Lowry seemed to stock and stare down Gwerder the day before the actual match.

and#8220;I think Lowry was trying to intimidate Dustin and put fear in him, but you can’t scare any Gwerder,and#8221; said Truckee coach James Curtis.

This made a nice setting for the match. From the start Gwerder came out with a controlled rage, taking Anderson down a couple times before putting him in a cradle and pinning him early in the second period (2:43).-

Gwerder was now going for third place against Mills, his nemesis from Elko.

In this match, outweighed by 20 pounds, Gwerder took it to him, attacking with everything he had. The biggest reaction from the crowed came when Gwerder used a move the team calls and#8220;The Swiss,and#8221; in which Gwerder is lifted in the air by his opponent while remaining calm as if nothing is going to happen. Then, out of nowhere, he flips his opponent in mid air and slams him to the mat.

Gwerder did this three times in the match. He also did a hip toss, throwing his opponent in the air with his legs out from under him before landing on the mat.

and#8220;It was a beautiful match and Dustin left everything out there. He gave everything he had,and#8221; said coach Danny Curtis.-

Despite his efforts, Gwerder lost 13-10 to finish in fourth place at state to end his Truckee wrestling career. His career in Swiss wrestling is just getting started, however, as he has already made a name for himself in both styles.

At 152 pounds, Truckee sophomore Tyler Curtis also wrestled at state.

He beat his first opponent from Boulder City, 9-8. In the semifinal, Tyler Curtis wrestled three-time state champion Jace Billingsley of Lowry, who won by pin in the third period. Then in the semi consolation, Tyler Curtis had to wrestle Ryan Hoyos of Spring Creek, who won 3-0 as Curtis finished in the top 6 in the state.

and#8212; This article was e-mailed to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at swright@sierrasun.com.


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