Tiger wrestlers take seventh at tournament
John Hillenbrand and Nathan Bennett each took third place in his weight class to help the Douglas wrestling team finish seventh at the Sparks Invitational on Saturday.
D’Art Johnson and Carl Wymer both brought home fourth-place finishes from the tournament that featured wrestlers from Nevada, California and Idaho.
Hillenbrand’s only loss in the 171-pound bracket was a second-round pin against McQueen’s Ryan Bader, who went on to win the title. He was 3-1 with wins over wrestlers from Carson High, Lassen, Calif., and Idaho.
“I probably did a little better than I thought I would do,” Hillenbrand said. “I thought I could get a top four (finish) at that tournament.
“There was nothing I could really do in the match against Bader. He’s pretty good. But I was real happy with the other three.”
Bennett finished third at 189 pounds, while Johnson was fourth at 135 pounds and Wymer took fourth in the 215-pound division.
Going into the tournament, Douglas coach Ron Hall said the event would give the Tigers a preview of the upcoming zone tournament. Reno and Elko were the only Northern Nevada teams that didn’t participate.
“It’s a tough tournament,” Hall said. “I think a few of them realize where they fit in in the North.”
Romaine Smokey (119 pounds) and Allen Anderson (112) weren’t able to participate in the tournament.
Smokey is recovering from a strained back muscle. He said Monday that he should be ready to go by next Wednesday, when the Tigers play host to Lowry.
Anderson broke a bone in his foot at practice on Thursday. He could be out for the season, Hall said.
Next Wednesday’s lineup also will feature a dual between Galena and Lowry at DHS. That match is scheduled to start at 4 p.m., and will be followed by the Douglas-Lowry dual at approximately 5:30 p.m.
“We have a week and a half to get ready for the Lowry dual,” said Hall, who added that several Tigers will have key matchups that will have an effect on conference seedings.
Drew Hall (160 pounds), David Tingle (145), Richard Blackowl (125) and Johnson are all battling for top-three seeds in their weight classes.
“If you’re not number one, you need to be two or three,” Ron Hall said. “You want to make sure you’re not fourth. We’re trying to get as many kids in there (top three) as possible.”
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