Dayton wrestlers compete at state tournament

Sam Armstrong and Travis Wade were triple threats for the Dayton Heat Wrestling Club at the Nevada Greco-Roman/Freestyle State Tournament last weekend in Spring Creek.

Armstrong swept to a triple crown by winning the heavyweight championship in each of the three tournaments - Greco-Roman on Friday, Freestyle on Saturday and Folkstyle (collegiate) on Sunday - during competition held at Spring Creek High. Wade was also a silver medalist as he reached the finals all three days in the 119-pound weight class.

Armstrong and Wade are both sophomores at Dayton High who were coming off strong performances at the NIAA state championships in Winnemucca. Wade won 30 matches and placed second in the 3A state tournament for the Dayton Dust Devils. Armstrong placed fourth at state, and last year, he logged a fourth-place finish as a 215-pounder at the western regional Greco-Roman championships.

Two other Dayton High wrestlers placed fourth during last weekend's state tournament - 112-pounder David Grose in both Freestyle and Folkstyle, and 145-pounder Josh Avery in freestyle.

In the younger age groups, brothers Brady and Bryce Rivera placed in their respective divisions all three days.

Bryce Rivera, an 11-year-old Dayton Intermediate School student, placed third in the Greco-Roman division, fourth in Freestyle and fourth in Folkstyle. Rivera overcame a 2-0 deficit to win his third-place Grego-Roman match in overtime.

Brady Rivera, an 8-year-old Sutro Elementary School second-grader, placed fourth in Greco-Roman and Folkstyle and fifth in freestyle.

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