RENO — The Lowry High School wrestling team began its run to the state championships with the Northern 3A Duals this past weekend at North Valleys High School in Reno.
The Buckaroos went 10-1 over the two days, with its only loss coming to league champion Elko, who went undefeated.
Lowry knocked off Wooster, Fernley, Truckee, Sparks, Dayton, North Valleys, Churchill County South Tahoe, Spring Creek and Hug.
Overall, we had a pretty good weekend,” said LHS coach John Brooks. “We lost a good dual with a strong Elko team, but did come out ahead of Spring Creek.”
Lowry went 6-0 on Friday, with its toughest dual coming against Fernley.
Lowry opened the weekend with a 72-12 win over Wooster, picking up 10 pins in the victory. Coda Nichols (106 pounds), Marcas Ricci (113) and Brenton Baker (126) all won by forfeit.
In the first match of the dual, Angel Huerta (120) needed just 46 seconds to pin Matthew O’Brien.
Wade Mori (132) and Christopher Gildone collected wins in the first and second period, respectively, when Wooster got the board with a victory at 145 pounds.
That was the Colts’ only win on the mat. Wooster won by forfeit at 195 pounds.
Lowry reeled off four straight pins from Damon Fetty (152), Jhett Harber (160), Luke Fentress (170) and Hunter Smith (182) and after the forfeit at 195, Boni Jacinto (220) and David Walker (285) finished the dual with pins, including Jacinto in 21 seconds.
In on the closer duals of the weekend, Lowry jumped out toa 30-0 lead over Fernley and had to hold on for a 48-36 win.
Nichols, Baker, Mori, Jesse Hawkins, Fetty and Fentress won their matches by pin. Ricci and Huerta claimed wins by forfeit.
The Vaqueros won matches at 145 pounds and 160 to close the gap to 42-12. Fentress’ win pushed the lead to 48-12, when Fernley won the final four matches, including a forfeit at 195 pounds.
Truckee scored its only points of the dual at 195 pounds on a forfeit by Lowry. There were just two matches in the dual, as Huerta pinned Katia Isals in 18 seconds and Fetty pinned Kai Schnurrebeger in 2:51. All of the other matches were forfeits.
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It was another quick dual against North Valleys with just four matches. The Panthers scored their three points with a 7-2 in at 145 pounds. Baker, Fetty and Harber won their matches by a first-period pin. The Buckaroos collected nine wins by forfeit.
Lowry 78, Sparks 6
As it was the case against Truckee, Sparks scored all six of its points on a forfeit at 195 pounds. In the quick dual that saw just three matches, Fentress, Jacinto and Huerta all won by pin in less than 80 seconds.
In the final dual of the opening day, Lowry cruised past Dayton, as the Dust Devils scored their six points at 195 pounds.
Hawkins, Fetty, Harber, Fentress, Ricci, Huerta, Baker and Mori won by first-period pins. Ricci and Huerta needed just 16 seconds to win their matches.
Lowry finished the weekend with four wins in five duals on Saturday. The Buckaroos opened up with Churchill County.
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Lowry took a 12-0 lead after Hawkins pinned Everdmar Garcia and Fetty beat Troy Shelton by fall in 98 seconds.
The Greenwave cut the deficit to 12-6 after the third bout, when Lowry won the next six matches. Four of those came by forfeit, but Smith and Walker won their matches in 23 and 35 seconds respectively.
Baker also earned a win by pin and Mori won the 7-2 over Lucas Prinz, in the only match that went the full six minutes.
In the dual that decided the league champion, Lowry jumped out to a 12-0 lead after pins by Fetty and Harber, only to see Elko score the next 24 points and not give the lead back.
Andres Flores picked up a 5-4 win over Fentress and Elko added three more wins to make the score 24-12. Nichols closed the gap to 24-18 after pinning Camden Jensen at 106 pounds, but Elko won the next three matches to clinch the victory. Late in the dual, Mori and Hawkins picked up wins for the Buckaroos.
South Tahoe 12
South Tahoe picked up wins at 132 and 138 pounds but Lowry dominated the rest. Harber, Fentress, Smith, Jacinto, Nichols, Ricci, Huerta, Hawkins and Fetty won by pin. None of those matches went into the second period, with Huerta winning in 11 seconds.
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The two winningest schools in the 3A got together in the afternoon and Lowry overcame a 12-0 deficit to win 48-36. Smith started a run of six straight wins, as the senior moved to 195 pounds and pinned Shawn Lortie. Jacinto followed with a pin against Logan Austin and Walker won by forfeit at 285 pounds. Nichols, Ricci, and Huerta followed with pins to push the lead to 36-12.
The Spartans won by pin at 126 pounds, when Mori got Lowry back in the win column at 132 pounds to make the score 42-18.
Spring Creek did not go away and won the next three bouts to trim the lead to 42-36.
With the dual on the line, Harber won the final match by pin over Connor Cluff to preserve the 12-point win.
Lowry closed the day by blanking Hug. There were just three matches and Jacinto, Nichols and Fetty won by pin.
Lowry travels to Spring Creek this weekend for the Northern 3A Regional Championships. T
he top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to the NIAA State Championships at Boulder City High School on Saturday, Feb. 19.