PREPS: Carson wrestlers win American River event |

PREPS: Carson wrestlers win American River event

Nevada Appeal Staff Report

SACRAMENTO – Carson High went to the American River Invitational with just nine wrestlers, and that small contingent ended up winning the tournament at Rio Americano High School.

Finishing second to Carson was Roseville. Del Campo grabbed third place.

“The caliber of this tournament wasn’t as high as at Elk Grove and the TOC,” Carson coach Tim McCarthy said. “It was a great tournament for these kids. They got to work on things and get their confidence back going into the Sierra Nevada Classic.”

Three wrestlers – Pat Craugh (112), Jordan Luhrs (145) and Nico Garcia (160) – all brought home championships.

Craugh went 4-0 with two pins, and the Carson dynamo was named the event’s top lightweight wrestler. Luhrs went 4-0 with a pin and Garcia went 4-0 with four pins.

Racking up third-place finishes were Kyle Sharp (103), Nick Lani (119) and Cole McCarthy (125). All three went 4-1. McCarthy registered four pins, while Lani and Sharp had two each.

Cody Cunningham went 3-1 en route to a seventh-place finish at 152. Andy Cunningham (135) went 1-2 as did Cruz Kerver (130).

“Nico wrestled awesome,” McCarthy said. “Kyle started wrestling like he can and Nick beat two really good kids. It was also good to see Cody get back on the winning track.”

On the down side, Carson may have lost Kerver for the season with a dislocated elbow. Kerver suffered the injury in his third match.

“That’s a big loss,” McCarthy said. “He’s a great kid.”

The Senators are off until the Sierra Nevada Classic, which begins next Tuesday.