NU wrestlers take third at 24-team tourney |

NU wrestlers take third at 24-team tourney

Nevada Union wrestling coach Steve Pilcher said Saturday’s tournament in Tracy is a harbinger of good things to come with his young squad.

The Miners went down to Tracy on Friday, stayed overnight at Merrill West High School, then performed the following day in the 24-team Jim Brigg Memorial tournament at Merrill West as if they had been there the whole season.

Nevada Union finished the long day third behind Del Oro and champion Los Gatos, which easily outdistanced the field.

“The day started with us asking each wrestler to work on the one thing each one needed to work on,” Pilcher said. “It was a different team by the end of the day. This was probably a defining moment in the wrestling season for us.”

Sophomore Wade Sauer improved his mark to 20-3 by capturing the title at 215 pounds. Senior Chris Mossbacher, who has medalled at every tournament this year, extended that string by taking second at 189 pounds.

Sophomore Melvin Bird won his semifinal match, 7-5 in overtime, en route to a second place finish at 152 pounds.

“Melvin was probably the biggest surprise of the tournament for us,” Pilcher said. “It was his first time making a final.”

Dan Smith took third at 140 pounds, as did Nolan Walters at 119, while Buddy Brady (145 pounds) took fourth and Robert McDaniel (112) placed fifth.

Grant takes out Nevada Union

Nevada Union’s Tony Parilo tossed down 28 points from everywhere on the court, but it was not enough to get the Miners past Grant, which won 61-57 Saturday.

Grant led 59-57 with seven seconds left, but converted an offensive rebound of a missed free throw to seal the non-league victory for the Pacers.

“It was a great last non-league game for us, because Grant plays a lot like the teams of the Metro we’ll be facing,” NU coach Jeff Dellis said.

“I was happy with how hard we worked, but we were not really disciplined offensively and rushed more shots than I would have liked,” he said.

The game was hotly contested for four quarters. The teams were tied at half, 28-28. Grant took a one-point lead going into the fourth quarter, and increased the advantage to six before NU closed down the stretch.

Miner guard Jon Sheets added 16 for NU, which hosts Sacramento High School tonight in Metro League play.

Forest Lake Christian tops Sacramento Waldorf

Freshman guard Sashi Botner had a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds to pace Forest Lake to a 59-41 league victory over Waldorf.

Falcon teammate Tracy Malone added 10 points and seven rebounds.

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