Wrestling program stays busy
This weekend marked a busy time for the Nevada Union wrestling program as it had wrestlers competing in four different meets across California.
“Being in four different places was really tough, especially when we had our coaches spread so thin,” Nevada Union head coach Shane Valdez said. “And with the decision to attend the Five Counties Meet coming up so suddenly, unfortunately Paul Gross (varsity assistant) got stuck with organizing most of it.”
What made the weekend the most complicated, perhaps, was when Valdez found out late in the week that his team was indeed accepted into the Five Counties Meet in Orange County, but it was too late to bring the entire team. He was only able to bring two of his best wrestlers, senior Drew Maraglia and junior Luke Manuel, to the prestigious tournament to wrestle against some of the best the state has to offer. Both wrestlers placed at the meet.
“I was confident that they would place, but I wasn’t sure where,” Valdez said. “The competition was like a mini state tournament and a good meet to see where our wrestlers are right now.”
The remainder of the varsity wrestling squad traveled to Eureka to wrestle in the North Coast Classic, in which five wrestlers placed. The Miners finished eighth out of 27 teams. Freshman Jake Cena was the highlight of the meet for the Miners as he took down an undefeated wrestler to win the championship in the 103 weight class.
Nevada Union sent mainly JV wrestlers to the Mark Fuller Invitational at Lincoln, which was a varsity meet. The Miners finished 20th overall with Thomas Brindley leading the way with a championship in the 152 weight class.
The fourth meet Nevada Union sent wrestlers to was the Frosh/Soph meet at Foothills High School. Wrestlers competed in weight classes that were pooled.
Five Counties results:
135 Manuel, 5-3, two pins, eighth place
140 Drew Maraglia, 6-2, one pin, seventh place
North Coast results:
103 Jake Cena, 4-0, first place
112 Matt Manuel, 3-2, fourth place
130 Kyle Brady, 3-2, sixth place
135 Matt Honea, 2-2
145 Jon Bird, 3-2, fifth place
152 Matt Lessard, 0-2
160 Zach Callas, 4-1, third place
171 Brian Wheatley, 2-2
Mark Fuller results:
130 Shane Lingo, 1-2
140 Jordan Stratigakes, 2-2, two pins, fifth place
152 Thomas Brindley, 5-0, three pins, first place
160 Noah Byrd, 2-2
171 Aleta Applington, 2-2
189 Buck Davis, 2-2
116-120 Curtis Randall, 2-2, one pin, eighth place
116-120 Pavel Zavarizina, 0-3
120-133 Nick Davies, 1-2
139-143 Tucker Rathen, 3-1, second place
143-149 Kyler Caldwell, 4-0, three pins, first place
168-182 Joseph Henry, 3-2, two pins, fifth place
182-192 Will Atherton, 3-2, two pins, fourth place
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