Prep Roundup: Sumner earns spot on podium for Miners wrestling
The Nevada Union wrestling team took four wrestlers to the Reno Tournament of Champions this weekend and came away with some great performances.
The Reno TOC is dubbed as “the toughest tournament in the USA,” and NU senior Will Sumner pushed himself to the brink and advanced as far as the semifinals before injuring his knee. Unfortunately, he would forfeit down to sixth place.
“TJ Hart wrestled great into the second day, and Kashe McHugh and Hap Rowe wrestled tough in this national tournament as well,” said head coach Gary Sumner in an email. “Not very many NU wrestlers have made it to the second day like Hart. Sumner is only the fifth NU wrestler to place in this tourney.”
Luke Manuel and Wade Sauer took third, earning All-American status, Julian Purdy finished seventh and Jonny Callas earned fifth last year. The two-time Idaho state champ took third at 182 pounds, earning All-American honors. His only loss was to Sumner in the quarter finals.
Bear River 68, Victory Christian 55
The Bear River Bruins won the Valley Christian Tournament with another dominating performance from its seniors Saturday.
Senior Jake Sypnicki led the way with four 3-pointers to spark the offense as he finished with 16 points. Charlie Espinoza tossed in 12 points, and Braden Duncan contributed six points with limited play a night after dropping in 26. He was named the tournament MVP. Jared Skowronki stood firm on defense and took four charges for the Bruins. He also added eight points and received all-tournament honors.
Bear River (6-4) will be back at it Jan. 3 when it travels to take on San Juan.
Forest Lake Christian 90,
Valley Christian 69
The Falcons took care of business with a lopsided victory over tourney host Valley Christian Saturday.
Luke Jordan earned all tourney recognition as he lit up the scoreboard with 20 points. He also added six assists, five boards and three steals.
Junior Christian Dethlefs had a hot hand as well, tossing in 17 points to go along with five rebounds, three assists, a steal and a blocked shot. Seniors Jacob Yarborough, Chase Augustino and JJ Griffiths had 16, 15 and 12 points respectively.
The Falcons (9-2) return to action at Delta Jan. 3.
JV: Nevada Union splits double-header
The NU junior varsity boys squad suffered its first loss of the Nevada Union Invitational Tournament early Saturday and then regrouped and found its game for an impressive win to close out the tourney 3-1.
In its first game, a 40-33 loss to Del Campo, the team led by six at the break but struggled from the floor down the stretch, shooting 12-of-41 for the game. Chance Brown led the team with 15 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double, and Bo Perkins chipped in nine points. In the second game of the double-header, NU found its stride and blew out Whitney 61-32. The team’s 11 point halftime lead only grew as Gary Menary and Perkins led the way with 13 points each.
Nevada Union (5-3) opens at the Kendall Arnett Tourney Thursday versus Oakmont.
Napa 60, Nevada Union 59
The Lady Miners came up just short against Napa in the Wine Valley Tournament championship Saturday.
Napa scored the game’s winning bucket with 12 seconds left to play and NU couldn’t get a shot to fall as time expired.
The Lady Miners led 29-16 early in the second quarter but Napa went on an 18-3 run and led 34-32 at the half. NU regained its composure to take control going up 59-56 late before the distasteful end.
NU (7-4) hosts Edison Jan. 4.
JV: Nevada Union 42, Placer 35
The NU junior varsity hoopsters won yet another tournament this season Saturday after they knocked off Placer in the Del Campo Holiday Tournament championship game.
For the Lady Miners, Aycee Wills was named tourney MVP as she dropped in a game-high 16 points, and Ella Walton earned all-tournament honors as she contributed 14 points. NU played stellar defense and held Placer’s best offensive threat to just six points, an athlete who usually tosses in 15-20, said coach Gia Grim.
The Lady Miners (9-2) will resume Jan. 4 when they host Edison High School.
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