Winnemucca Junior High eighth-grade wrestlers win Tah Neva championship, girls place second

The Winnemucca Junior High wrestling teams at the Tah-Neva Championships in Lovelock.

The Winnemucca Junior High wrestling teams at the Tah-Neva Championships in Lovelock.

The Winnemucca Junior High School seventh and wrestling made its way to the Tah-Neva Championships at Pershing County High School in Lovelock on Saturday, March 27.

The eighth-grade team cruised to the team title with 193 points and Battle Mountain (116) and Fernley (112) were second and third, respectfully.

The Warriors’ girls squad nearly won the team title with 95 points, as Pau-Wa-Lu won with 103 points. 

The seventh-grade squad placed third with 104 points, with Fallon winning with 141 points and Pau-Wa-Lu second at 228.

Winnemucca eighth grader Odyn Santos was named the outstanding wrestler at the Tah-Neva Championships and is pictured with coaches Eric Brooks and John Brooks.

“I knew we had a pretty good eighth-grade group, but so did several other teams,” said coach John Brooks. “They wrestled well and were able to win it again. Our seventh-graders got off to a rough start, losing some close ones in the first round of the tournament, but picked it up as the tournament progressed. Our girls team was in the hunt for the title, but we came up eight points short. They just about pulled it off. More and more girls want to wrestle. All in all, the kids battled all day.  They were a fun group. My hope is that they stay together through high school.  They have the potential to be a very good team.”


Eighth-grade results

The Winnemucca eighth-graders won individual titles, including Kael Sisley at 90 pounds), Carlos Gomez (105), Odyn Santos (125), Vencent Gomez (130) and Brock Staley (150).

Sisley won both his matches by pin, including the finale over Pershing County’s Landon Cooney. 

Carlos Gomez won all three matches by pin and needed just 24 seconds to beat Battle Mountain’s Elijah Ceja in the championship.

Santos was named an outstanding wrestler in the eighth-grade division and won all three of his matches in the first period by pin.

Vincent Gomez advanced to the finals with two pins and won his title at 130 pounds with a 5-0 win over Dayton’s Jacob Powell.

Staley had to fight his way through a 11-9 win the semifinals over Carson Sirus Hayes and won his title with a pin of Silver Stage’s Ayden Cook. 

Ethan Garcia at 110 pounds, Teo Gomez (135) and Ben Marvel (140) earned runner-up finishes.

Michael Shaw placed third at 160 pounds and Dyson Curry was fourth at 115.  

Girls Results

The Winnemucca Junior High girls turned in a strong performance, as Elena Gomez at 80 pounds and Lexi Salvino (125) each claimed championship titles.

Gomez won all three of her matches in 54 seconds or less, defeating Talia Roussel of Carson Valley in the title bout. 

Salvino dominated at 125 pounds, pinning each opponent in 43 seconds or less. She pinned Carson Valley’s Sasha Waddle for the championship in 42 seconds.

Kylie Boecker (80), Breiah Davis (100), Aleiyah Dodson (150) and Alysson Hernandez (150+) each placed third. Dixie Huotte placed fourth at 80 pounds and Sage Freeman and Emelia Mentaberry wrestled in the girls tournament.

Seventh-grade results

In the seventh-grade division, Txendoa Cabatbat won the heavyweight title with three wins by pin, including the final over Fernley’s Edward Petka.

Aiden Mathews was the runner-up at 85 pounds and Aiden Gibson (75), Carson Curry (80) and Jakub Esquibel (110) finished third. Jory Harber (105) and Anthony Ramirez (115) each placed fourth.