PREPS: McCarthy, Garcia place 7th at SNC |

PREPS: McCarthy, Garcia place 7th at SNC

Nevada Appeal Staff Report

RENO – Cole McCarthy and Nico Garcia earned medals with seventh-place finishes at the prestigious Sierra Nevada Classic Wednesday at the Reno Livestock-Events Center.

The 125-pound McCarthy went 6-2 in the two-day event while Garcia went 4-2 in the 160-pound class.

“They both wrestled well,” Carson coach Tim McCarthy said. “We had some other kids get some big-time tournament experience.

“This was a good tournament for Cole. Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come.”

In the seventh-place match, McCarthy won via an injury default over Folsom’s Sam Morgan, who suffered an injury in his previous match.

McCarthy started the day with a 13-0 win and followed that with a second-round pin over Robert Barton from Sprague High-Oregon. McCarthy then knocked off ninth-seeded Alex Herrera of Gold Beach, 4-3, before losing to Arbor View’s Ruben Rodriguez 6-2.

“He (Rodriguez) is possibly the top guy in the state at that weight,” said the elder McCarthy.

Garcia had to wrestle twice, and he split his matches.

The Carson junior needed a reversal in the closing seconds of the match to knock off Eathan Herman of Tulelake 7-6.

“That was typical Nico,” McCarthy said. “He spots the kids some points and still gets a win.”

Garcia was eliminated when he suffered a 15-3 loss to ninth-seeded Tyler Thomas of Pioneer.

Patrick Craugh, the Senators’ 103-pounder, beat Ammon Winter from Capital City-Idaho 6-0 and then lost a tough 5-1 decision to McQueen’s Joseph DeLeon.

“That could have been a preview of the regional finals,” coach McCarthy said. “Hopefully he learned something (from the match). Patrick was a little tentative. He didn’t explode like he usually does.”

Carson finished with 60 points, good for 42nd place.

Carson’s three-way match scheduled for next Wednesday has been canceled. Carson will participate in the Big Valley Classic next Friday and Saturday at the Stockton Civic Center.



LAS VEGAS – Carson snapped its three-game losing streak with two wins at the Las Vegas Holiday Classic on Wednesday.

Carson topped Mojave 44-36 in its morning game and then came back to grab a 41-36 overtime win over Valley-Las Vegas.

The two wins give Carson a 7-5 record heading into today’s game at 11:40 a.m. against Arbor View-Las Vegas.

Against Mojave, Carson went on a 16-3 fourth-quarter run to wipe out a five-point third-quarter deficit. Tiana McAllister-Daggs dropped in four free throws and Whitney Nash scored six of her 12 points in the run.

Eliza Matley contributed eight points, while Jazmyn Stokes added six.

In the overtime win over Valley, the game was tied at 32 at the end of regulation. Valley scored the first four points of the extra period, but Carson, thanks to five points by Elayna Shine, scored the last nine of the game.

Carson won despite going 3-for-8 from the line in the overtime. Shine finished with 10 points, while Nash added seven. Matley and Natalie Stevens scored six apiece.

“Neither team played with a whole lot of energy,” Carson coach Todd Ackerman said.



LAS VEGAS – Domanique Cotton scored 26 points to lead Santee-Los Angeles to a 68-57 win over Carson in a consolation game at the Las Vegas Prep Championship at Valley High School.

Carson dropped to 2-8. The Senators return to Northern 4A play Tuesday at home against North Valleys at 7 p.m.

“We played all right,” Carson coach Bruce Barnes said. “We had a good early start and went up 10-4, but then they made a run.

“Cotton reminded me a lot of Armon Johnson (former Hug star, Nevada star and now in the NBA with Portland) except that he’s right-handed. He’s a good player. We tried everything against him. We doubled him and boxed (box-and-one) him. He can bounce it and he can shoot it. He hit a couple early before we knew who he was.”

Santee led 40-27 at the half, and the teams traded baskets in the second half.

Brian Barnes led Carson with 18 points, while Chris Steele added eight and Tyler Collins seven.


Carson tops McQueen

RENO – Carson improved to 5-7 overall with a 60-49 in a win over McQueen in a loser’s bracket game in the State Farm Tournament at Damonte Ranch.

Carson returns to action today at 7 p.m. in the consolation finals.

Bruce McIntosh led Carson with 14 and Rafe King added 10. Javier Garcia, Matt Galvan and Sage Smith contributed nine points apiece.


Dayton girls lose

RENO – Dayton dropped a 23-18 decision to Truckee at the State Farm Tournament at Damonte Ranch.

Clair Cerda, Lettie Lynch and Cora Mebius all had four points for Dayton. Mebius also pulled down nine rebounds.

Dayton plays either Reed or Spanish Springs today at 12:30 at Damonte Ranch.