Under the dimmed lights above the wrestling mat, Carson's Four Horseman are on a roll. And so is the Senator wrestling team.
With just nine out of a possible 14 wrestlers, Carson ran away with the title at the Albany (Calif.) Tournament on Saturday. Carson's four horsemen - seniors Owen Craugh (112 pounds), Robbie Bozin (130), Kyle Banko (135) and Travis Lamborn (160) all won individual titles.
Carson won with 197 1/2 points, finishing ahead of second place Livermore (157). The Senators almost had five champions as Todd Banko (119) went 3-1 and lost 3-2 in the finals.
The Senators also almost had six finalists as Martin Azzam lost 4-2 in the semifinals and ended up going 3-1. All nine Carson wrestlers placed.
"It was a great showing," Carson coach Tyson Thivierge said. "The most positive thing for me is everybody wrestled well. The Four Horsemen are riding again. All four are healthy and all four won."
Lamborn (4-0) was impressive in the finals, winning the title by technical fall 18-3. Craugh (4-0) also won 4-2 in the finals in an exciting match.
"Owen Craugh had an incredible final match against a very, very tough kid," Thivierge said.
Kyle Banko went 5-0 and Bozin went 4-0 to win their titles. Also for Carson, Nick Schlager (103) took fifth after going 3-1, Adam Carmazzi (140) went 3-1 and Matt Heath (171) went 3-2 to take sixth.
Among the wrestlers missing for Carson were Garrett Truesdell at 189 as he didn't wrestle because he was nursing an elbow injury. Thivierge said he expects Truesdell back for Wednesday's dual against Reno High at CHS.