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PREP: Craugh only Senator left at TOC

Nevada Appeal Staff Report

RENO – Patrick Craugh was the only Carson High wrestler left standing after the first day of the Tournament of Champions at the Reno Event Center on Friday.

Craugh, the Senators’ top-notch 112-pounder won three of his four matches. Craugh stayed alive with a 7-6 win over Green Valley’s Corey Brathor.

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“Patrick wrestled well,” coach Tim McCarthy said. “The kid he lost to was a beast. The last guy he beat is somebody he will see later in the season.”

Other than Craugh, it was a rough day for the Senators’ contingent. Carson failed to field wrestlers at 140, 171, 189, 215 and heavyweight. Some of it was injuries, and in other cases McCarthy felt some of his youngsters would be in way over their heads.

All told, Carson posted just eight wins on Friday, three by Craugh, two each by Nico Garcia (160) and Cole McCarthy (125) and one by Jordan Luhrs (145).

“It was about what I expected,” McCarthy said. “I was hoping everybody would win at least once. Everybody was in there fighting. I didn’t see anybody quitting.”

The one surprise was Garcia, who opened the event with an 11-9 win over Paul Harmon of Maple Mountain and he then pinned Trevor Hansen of Lehigh. However. Garcia was pinned in his next match and then lost a 9-3 decision, and was eliminated.