State Wrestling: Moon finishes 2nd at state

Fallon’s Steven Moon, who won his opening match by fall, finished second at last month’s 3A state tournament in Boulder City.

Fallon’s Steven Moon, who won his opening match by fall, finished second at last month’s 3A state tournament in Boulder City.
Photo by Thomas Ranson.

BOULDER CITY — Although the Greenwave wrestling team qualified only a trio for the state tournament, it was still able to send one to the podium.

Junior Steven Moon (160 pounds) took second in last month’s 3A state tournament while Andrew Douglas (126) finished 0-2 and Jaiden McFadden (120) fell one match short of placing. Ex-Fallon coach Mitch Overlie won his first state title as Elko captured the crown, snapping Spring Creek’s four-year streak.


Moon won his first match by fall in the first period against Chaparral’s Juan Medrano. His next match was tougher, resulting in a 12-10 decision against Virgin Valley’s Martin Jordan. In the final, Moon fell short and nearly escaped without being pinned before Boulder City’s Hunter Moore took him down with 26 seconds left in the match.



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Fallon’s Jaiden McFadden finished one match shy of medaling at last month’s state tournament.

 


“He had a tough Boulder City kid in the finals and even though he ended up losing the match he wrestled well,” Fallon coach Trevor de Braga said. “Steven makes matches exciting, and nerve racking. He can turn around a match at any second with his funk, and his strength is deceiving. Steven will be hungry for a state title next season and I’m looking forward to him capturing gold.”


McFadden, a sophomore, lost his first match to the South’s top seed before pinning Pahrump Valley’s Nate Schaaf in the consolation to set up an opportunity to reach the podium. Lowry’s Angel Huerta edged McFadden, 4-3, with a last-second takedown to advance to the third-place bout.


“He’s right there with the best kids in the state and I’m very excited about these next two years with him, as I know he will be at the top of his class,” de Braga said.


De Braga said Douglas, a freshman, improved from the start of the season and was proud of him making it to state.


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Fallon’s Andrew Douglas went winless at state but coach Trevor de Braga is excited about his future.



“It’s not easy being a freshman at the state level but he did well and I’m proud of the year he had,” de Braga added. “He’s going to be a tough kid these next three seasons and now that he’s had a taste of the state level, I know he will be a multiple state placer and possibly champion.”

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