Fallon wins second consecutive zone title
Fallon had six wrestlers win its respective weight classes as the Greenwave won their second consecutive Northern 4A Regional Tournament title on Saturday at Spanish Springs High School.
Fallon won the team title with 212.5 points and was followed by Douglas (164.5), Galena (153), Carson (145), Damonte Ranch (139.5) and McQueen (124). The top three wrestlers in each weight class qualified for next Saturday’s 4A state championships at Cimarron Memorial High School in Las Vegas.
After watching Mike Crouse qualify for state last year at 103 pounds, the South Tahoe wrestling team didn’t see any wrestlers qualify for state this season. However, the Vikings’ best threats for state suffered some bad luck because they had several difficult pairings.
At 135 pounds, South Tahoe’s Lee Williams defeated Hug’s Robert Dehaguana 2-0 in the first round, then lost to Fallon’s Tyler Reibsmen in the second round. After dropping to the losers’ bracket, Williams pinned McQueen’s Ed Sullivan, then lost to evenutal third-place finisher T.J. Jordan of Elko in the next round.
At 145 pounds, the Vikings expierenced a double-edge sword in the losers’ bracket. South Tahoe’s Brandon Johns and Garret Gibb won their first-round matches in the winners’ bracket, then faced one another in an elimination match in the losers’ bracket. Gibb defeated Johns 11-2, then beat Douglas’ Nick Ceglia to advance deeper into the tournament.
In his next losers’ bracket match, thought, Gibb lost to eventual third-place finisher Jake Wiliams of Douglas by a 3-1 decision.
At 171 pounds, Miles Wallace was a preseason favorite to finish among the top three at zone. However, after losing to eventual second-place finisher Cole Dowty of Galena in the second round of the winners’ bracket, Wallace pinned McQueen’s Bobby Kirby in the losers’ bracket, then faced another tough matchup with Fallon’s Ahron Osheroff in the next round of the losers’ bracket.
Osheroff defeated Wallace 9-3 and went onto to finish third and qualify for state, meaning Wallace’s two losses were to two of the three state qualifiers.
In the 189-pound weight class, the Vikings’ freshman Chris Ewing lost to eventual zone champion Shane Miller in the winners’ bracket. Ewing pinned North Valleys’ Daniel Howell in his next match and was eliminated by McQueen’s Darrin Gooch.
Other highlights for South Tahoe were Ismael Mora (125 pounds) winning one match in the winners’ bracket and Elliot Pekar winning a losers’ bracket match at 152 pounds. After a runner-up finish at the 2005 regional tournament, Crouse lost his first two matches this year in the 112-pound weight class.
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