The Battle Mountain High School wrestling team finally got back to the postseason after missing last year and they took full advantage of it at the Northern 2A Regional Championships by doing what they do — winning the regional title
The team race saw Battle Mountain on top of the scoreboard outdistancing second-place Yerington by a score of 188-133. Wells finished third at 89 points and Eureka (60) and host Pershing County (49) rounded out the top five.
“We were able to put all 11 of our wrestlers into the championship finals and that is why we ran away with the tournament,” said BMHS coach Mitch Domagala.
As the wrestlers of the Northern Nevada AA came together to battle it out for state tournament berths, the boys in green sent notice that they were still the team to beat.
When the tournament came to an end and the list of entries to the Nevada state tournament was finalized, 11 Longhorns had earned their way onto the brackets.
“The kids put together a good weekend,” added the coach. “We had a really strong start and that is something we’ve been working on for a while. We talk all year about how the season is just preparation for the state tournament, now its time for all the work to pay off.”
Five Longhorns claimed individual titles as Cruz Jimenez (106 pounds), Sean Scherer (113), Liam Bundrock (120), Brice Domagala (195) and Cody Holley (285) won gold medals.
Scherer was the only wrestler in his weight class at 113 pounds. Jimenez pinned Yerington’s Eric Pineda for the 106-pound title, Bundrock pinned Yerington’s Cameron Reyes at 120 pounds, Domagala pinned Yerington’s Aiden Nelson and Holley pinned Yerington’s Floyd Thomas.
James Spealman (132), Andy Wall (145), Scott Wall (160), Asher Bundrock (170), Zach Duggan (182) and Dalton Shake (220) finished in the runner-up spot.
“We don’t have our biggest team, but these kids wrestle with a lot of heart and determination,” Domagala said. “They just keep going. That attitude is what allowed them to put themselves in some good spots for next weekend’s state tournament.”
The NIAA 2A State Championships take place Saturday in Las Vegas at The Meadows School.
Wrestling is scheduled to begin on Saturday at 9 a.m.