Wave grapplers finish 5th in Minden

Fallon senior Xavier Capton, who placed at Sparks two weeks ago, and his Greenwave teammates finished fourth in Saturday’s Douglas Invitational in Minden.

Fallon senior Xavier Capton, who placed at Sparks two weeks ago, and his Greenwave teammates finished fourth in Saturday’s Douglas Invitational in Minden.
Photo by Thomas Ranson.

MINDEN — A late cancellation of the annual Spring Creek wrestling tournament due to the coronavirus didn’t deter the Greenwave.
Competing in an 18-team field consisting primarily of teams scheduled to travel to Elko County, Fallon finished fifth as Lowry won the Douglas Invitational by more than 70 points. Fallon totaled 84 points after the Buckaroos won the single-day event on Saturday with 241.5 points followed by Douglas with 166. McQueen finished third with 147 points followed by Spanish Springs with 129.
Isiah Diaz (138 pounds) finished second, Jaiden McFadden (126) and Macray O’Neill (152) each took third, Everdmar Garcia (145) finished fourth and Sean Reeder (285) was eighth as all but one match was decided by fall for the Greenwave.
Fallon travels to Fernley on Friday and Saturday for the Vaquero Invitational.
Diaz pinned his way to the championship round before falling to McQueen’s Ben Miller. The junior grappler took down Galena’s Cole Denny in the first round before pinning Spanish Springs’ Sergio Vela in the quarterfinal. With 5 seconds left in the first period of his next bout, Diaz pinned Lowry’s Billy Delong to set up the first-place match, which Miller won with 1 second left in the second period.
McFadden won five-straight matches in the consolation bracket to finish in the top three. McFadden pinned Spanish Springs’ Owen Waite in the opener but fell to Yerington’s Stephen Lorentz to drop into consolation. McFadden, though, won his remaining bouts by fall, including avenging his loss to Lorentz in the second period of the medal round.
O’Neil battled in the consolation bracket after losing his first match to end up on the podium. After falling to North Valleys’ Ivan Ortiz in the third period, O’Neill won his next four, including exacting revenge against Ortiz. O’Neill pinned North Valleys’ Jaydaian Panganiban, Lowry’s Jake Bauman and teammate Troy Shelton before pinning Ortiz in the final period of the third-place match. Shelton won his first two, including pinning North Valleys’ Panganiban in the first round followed by Douglas’ Paul Carrion.
Garcia dropped into the consolation bracket after falling to McQueen’s Preston Harn with 6 seconds left in the first period of the semifinal round. Garcia, though, pinned Spanish Springs’ Riley Folden but fell to Dayton’s Jay Parsons in the second period of the third-place bout.
Reeder finished eighth despite not winning a match in five attempts.
Xavier Capton (160) finished 3-2 and fell one round shy of placing. After losing his first match to Lowry’s Jhett Harber, Capton pinned Spanish Springs’ Byren Folden and Carter Waite, and Coral Academy’s Leonardo Guillen in the consolation before falling to Harber again.
Caden McKnight (145) finished 2-2, including pins over Douglas’ Matthew Deaton and teammate Quentin Hornbeak in the consolation bracket. McKnight, though, fell to Spanish Springs’ Riley Folden in the consolation’s third round. Hornbeak won one match, a pin over Douglas’ Mica Klein in the championship’s first round.
Colton Blankenship (195) finished 2-2 but fell in the consolation semifinal, one round prior to a medal bout. Blankenship pinned Yerington’s Aiden Nelson and Spanish Springs’ Frank Hawkins before falling to Douglas’ Manuel Garcia in his final bout.
Lonnie Adams (126), Andrew Douglas (5-8), Misael Vera (138) and Manuel Karaway (138) finished 0-2.


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