NU wrestlers capture the Metro Conference crown
Seven Nevada Union wrestlers were crowned Metro Conference Champions at the Metro Conference individual meet this past Saturday. In addition to winning their weight class championship, the Miner wrestlers also qualified for the Northwest Sub-Section meet this upcoming weekend, which will be hosted by Nevada Union. In addition to the seven league champions, two other Miner wrestlers qualified for the Northwest Sub-Section.
“Everyone wrestled really well,” Nevada Union coach Shane Valdez said.
“Everyone seems to be peaking at the right time. I expected to see a lot of our guys in the finals, but I knew they would be seeing some tough individuals in the finals.”
Perhaps the most impressive match Valdez saw was Brian Wheatley’s 171-pound finals match. Wheatley was down by two points with 22 seconds left in the match, finding himself on top. In order to get the win, he had to get a near fall. After avoiding a near reversal, Wheatley managed the near fall with time running out to get the win and the championship.
Wheatley was named the meet’s outstanding wrestler for upper weight classes while teammate Drew Maraglia, a senior, was named outstanding wrestler for the middle weight classes.
103 Jake Cena
112 Matt Manuel
135 Luke Manuel
140 Drew Maraglia
145 Jon Bird
160 Zach Callas
171 Brian Wheatley
130 Kyle Brady
152 Matt Lassard
103 Amanda Smiarowski, first
112 Joey Stickney, first
119 Pavel Zavarzina, third
130 Shane Lingo, first
130 Nick Davies, second
135 Chris Polcyn, third
137 Matt Honea, fifth
140 Tucker Trathen, first
140 Jordan Stratigakes, second
145 Kyler Caldwell, second
145 Raul Zamudio, third
152 Tom Brindley, first
152 Miles Sheahan, second
152 Kasey Montre, fifth
152 Josh Henry, third
171 Will Atherton, first
171 Aleta Aplington, second
Forest Lake Christian 76, Capital Christian 50
Within a span of 24 hours, the Forest Lake Christian girls basketball team beat two teams ranked above it in the power rankings, including a 76-50 win against Capital Christian in the Bentley Shoot-Out.
“They made the mistake of going into a zone against us and our guards dominated the game,” Forest Lake Christian coach Steve Kellar said. “It was a great offensive game for us, but we did give up half of our points by fouling and sending them to the free throw line.”
Senior Brooke Hodges led the way with 28 points, but junior Taylor Kilgore wasn’t far behind with 27 points. Kilgore had a stellar game from behind the arc, hitting eight three-pointers. Point guard Brittany Allen turned in a nice game overall, while scoring eight points.
The Falcons hit the court again Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. against Victory Christian for their last home league game.
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