Carson’s Schlager wins state wrestling title |

Carson’s Schlager wins state wrestling title

After four years of hard work, Carson High’s Nick Schlager realized his dream of a state wrestling championship.

Schlager topped Coly Garrison of Cimmaron Memorial 6-4 to win the 135-pound weight class at the 4A state tournament at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.

Schlager becomes the 18th state champ in school history, and the first since Travis Lamborn won the 160-pound title in 2007.

Carson had two other medalists – Junior Valladares (171) finished third and Ricky Ugarte (119) finished fourth.

Nico Garcia (145) was eliminated by Syvae Washington of Shadow Ridge in his first match on Saturday. Pat Craugh (103) suffered a similar fate, losing to Willie McDonald 6-2. Luke Carter (189) dropped his second straight one-point decision, losing to Reed’s Broc Westlake 5-4.

Schlager found himself the victim of a quick takedown, but he fought back to a 3-all tie in the second period and then added another takedown in the third period to grab the title.

“I feel pretty good,” he said. “It hasn’t totally sunk in yet. I worked very hard for four years; never missed a practice. It all finally paid off. After finishing second last year, it was nice to get the win under my belt.

“He (Garrison) was a very strong kid. He was short and stocky. He was one of the strongest kids I’ve ever wrestled.”

Garrison finished second a year ago at 135 pounds.

Valladares, who was wrestling on two bad knees, beat Cheyenne’s Enokenwa Nahong 6-1 in an elimination match early Saturday. He came back and pounded Spanish Springs’ Clay Coleman for third place by 10 points.

Ugarte knocked off Sylver Quemado to reach the third-place match where he lost by two points to a wrestler from Basic High in Las Vegas.

Douglas High junior Dillon Spates took second place at the state wrestling championships in Las Vegas over the weekend.

He fell to Reno freshman Joey Lavalee 15-8 in a rematch of the Northern 4A final after advancing to the championship round on a 20-4 technical fall over Eldorado’s DeAngelo Yates and a 6-1 decision over Damonte Ranch’s Spencer O’Neil.

130-pounder Michael Sepulveda advanced to the consolation semifinals with a 10-2 win over Arbor View’s Brandon Brian but the road ended there with a 10-5 loss to Palo Verde’s Robert Buckhannon. The Douglas senior lost 10-7 to eventual state champion Alexander Aniciente of Las Vegas.

Douglas junior Patrick Miller fell 10-5 to Valley’s Oscar Flores in the consolation semifinals after a promising start to the tournament. Miller pinned his first-round opponent Leo McCormick of Pahrump in 1:35, but lost to eventual state-champion Treylor McElhaney of Las Vegas in the second round.

Las Vegas ran away with the team title, scoring more than twice the points of runner-up Fallon. Green Valley was third and Bishop Manogue and Carson tied for fourth.

Top Individual Finishers

103 pounds


2nd SS2-HART, Jordan PV

3rd N1-LAMPERT,Curtis SS

4th N3-McDONALD, Willie BM

112 pounds


2nd SR1-HALL, De’Armon LV

3rd SS1-MESTAS, Sean SR

4th SR2-PERRY, Zachary GV

119 pounds

1st N2-MERKLEY, Colin CC

2nd SR2-GARCIA, Nathaniel LV


4th N3-UGARTE,Ricardo CAR

125 pounds

1st N1-LAVALLE, Joey REN

2nd N2-SPATES, Dillon DOU

3rd SR1-SALDANA,Mason GV

4th N3-ONEIL, Spencer DR

130 pounds

1st SR1-ANICIETE, Alexande LV

2nd SR2-SIMPSON, Anthony GV

3rd N2-DeBRAGA, Franky CC


135 pounds


2nd SS2-GARRISON, Colby CM

3rd SS1-EDUCATE, Paul PV

4th SR1-PRICE,Cole ELD

140 pounds

1st SR1-ANICIETE, Napoleon LV

2nd SR2 – REVELES,Michael LIB

3rd SS2-CARUSO, Kevin AV

4th SS1-PREUS, Jason PV

145 pounds

st N1-ELICEGUI, Steven WOO



4th N3-HECK, Charlie CC

152 pounds


2nd SR2-ALLEN, Daniel GV


4th N1-SANCHEZ, Zarek CC

160 pounds

1st N1-McDONALD, Richard BM

2nd SR1-HODGE, Roland VAL

3rd SS1-WATERS, Rashad SPRV


171 pounds

1st N1-ALBRIGHT, Gary BM

2nd SS1-FIELD,Johnny BG


4th N3-COLEMAN, Clay SS

189 pounds

1st SS1-GARCIA, Aaron CM

2nd SR2-PRIETO, Dave (NS) LV

3rd SR1-HALES, Johnathan LV

4th N1-KILLGORE, Troy DR

215 pounds

1st SR1-McELHANEY, Treylor LV

2nd SR3-HUBERT, Robert SIL

3rd SS1-WHITE, Anthony LEG

4th SR2-FLORES, Oscar VAL

285 pounds

1st SS1-RAMOS, Andrew SV

2nd SR2-WILLIAMS, Michael ELD

3rd SR1-WOO, Austin LV

4th SR3-BOWMAN, Seth SIL

Team scores

Place ScoreName

1 135.00 Las Vegas

2 66.50 Churchill

3 56.00 Green Valley

4 55.00 Bishop Manogue

55.00 Carson City

6 54.00 Palo Verde

7 50.00 Reno

8 43.00 Spring Valley

9 42.00 Bishop Gorman

10 38.50 Cimarron-Memorial

11 35.00 Sierra Vista

12 34.50 Shadow Ridge

13 30.50 Spanish Springs

14 28.00 Eldorado

15 27.50 Liberty

16 27.00 Silverado

17 26.00 Valley

18 25.50 Douglas

19 23.00 Damonte Ranch

20 22.00 Wooster

21 21.00 Foothill

22 20.00 Arbor View

23 18.00 Reed

24 16.00 Legacy

25 12.00 Basic

26 8.50 Cheyenne

27 8.00 Bonanza

28 4.00 McQueen

29 3.00 Canyon Springs

30 2.00 Rancho

31 1.00 Durango

1.00 Elko

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