The Battle Mountain High School wrestling team wrapped up its major regular season tournament scheduled this past weekend in Fernley at the Walter Marrietta Vaquero Classic.
The Longhorns finished seventh out of 25 teams with 132.5 points. Despite not having an individual champion, Lowry had five runner-up finishes on their way to the team title with 233.5 points. Douglas was second at 188.5 and Spanish Springs (170), Fernley (169.5) and Reed (148) rounded out the top five in the team standings.
“This is one of our favorite tournaments of the year,” said BMHS head coach Mitch Domagala. “It is usually the last chance we get to see teams from the bigger schools, and we also use it as a spring board to get us moving to the post season.”
Cruz Jimenez at 106 pounds and Sean Scherer at 113 pounds won individual titles and Brice Domagala was second at 220 pounds.
Jimenez, a freshman, went 4-0 on the day and opened with a pin over Elko’s Joey Greenwood in 40 seconds. Jimenez earned a second-period pin the quarterfinals over Douglas’ Shelby Bell. Jimenez squeaked by Reed’s Luis Gonzalez 6-5 in the semifinals and pinned Lowry’s Coda Nichols in 1:46 in the finals.
The 113-pound weight class didn’t have a bracket and they wrestled by rounds.
Scherer pinned Montana Stozzi of Tonopah in 3:19, Vance Heit of Bishop Manogue in :47, Jorge Ochoa of Lowry in 1:43, Sheamus Greenwalt of Dayton in :59, Brock Bryant of Bishop Manogue in :24 and Marcas Ricci of Lowry in the finals in 4:13. Scherer also beat Douglas’ Cody Highfill 16-1 in a technical fall.
Domagala went 3-1 on the weekend, beginning with a pin of Aiden Nelson of Yerington in 34 seconds. Domagala pinned Douglas’ Manuel Garcia in the third period and reached the finals with 12-3 win over Wooster’s Esteban Jacinto.
The senior lost to Fernley’s Kale Krellar of Fernley in the finals.
Asher Bundrock (170) and Zach Duggan (182) each placed fifth.
Bundrock opened with a pin over Wooster’s Xavian Villa at 3:06, but lost Danny Lee of Eureka in the quarterfinals.
Bundrock came back in the consolation bracket to pin Kaya Cobb of Tonopah in 1:53 and Tristan Spencer of Spanish Springs in 1:59. Bundrock lost in the consolation semifinals to Jaxson Nixon of Douglas but earned fifth place with a pin over Xavier Capton of Churchill County.
Duggan opened with pins over Roman Altringer of Douglas at 1:44 and Anthony Robles of Fernley in just 70 seconds in the quarterfinals.
Duggan lost Caden Fowler of Spanish Springs in the semifinals and Braeden Hudder of Douglas in the consolation semifinals. Duggan pinned Luke Fentress of Lowry in 3:15 for fifth place.
Dalton Shake went 3-3 and placed sixth for the Longhorns.
Shake pinned Charles Finn of Tonopah in 1:11 in the first round but lost the next match to Donovan Goedhals of Excel Christian.
Shake came back to pin Kevin Palmer of Reed in 4:08 and Roman Agundes of Sparks in 30 second. He lost his final two matches to Jacob Severne of Spanish Springs and David Walker of Lowry.
James Spealman went 3-2 on the day, starting with a pin over Kaleb Bozarth of Spanish Springs in 5:38. Spealman lost to Ian Harshbarger of Wooster by pin in the quarterfinals and pinned Caleb Coleman of Dayton in 2:18 in the consolation bracket.
Spealman lost 7-6 to Pershing County’s Devin to Maura in the consolation third round.
Also recording wins for the Horns were Andy Wall, Scott Wall and Cody Holley
“The kids wrestled so hard,” Domagala said. “We are almost at full strength so things are starting to come together.”