PREPS: Three CHS wrestlers reach 2nd day of SNC
RENO – Three Carson High wrestlers – Nico Garcia, Patrick Craugh and Cole McCarthy – are still alive heading into the second and final day of the Sierra Nevada Classic at the Reno Livestock-Events Center.
Action starts at 9:30 a.m. today with the medal matches expected to begin at approximately 4 p.m.
Garcia went 3-0 at 160 pounds, Craugh went 3-1 at 112 and McCarthy went 3-1 at 125.
Two other wrestlers – 103-pounder Kyle Sharp and 145-pounder Jordan Luhrs – barely missed advancing. Sharp went 3-2, but was pinned in his last match of the night, which cost him a chance to wrestle today. Luhrs, who went 2-2, lost a tough 5-4 decision in an elimination match. Luhrs, who won his first two matches (pin and 11-1) was pinned in the third round by top-seeded Austin Branum of Del Oro.
Nick Lani (119) went 1-2, while Andrew Cunningham (135) went 0-2 as did Ty Welch (130) and Cody Cunningham (152).
Carson wrestlers posted 15 wins against 14 losses as a group. Carson only fielded a nine-man team because of injuries and absences.
“It went pretty good (overall),” Carson coach Tim McCarthy. “I’m certainly satisfied with the results, but I would have liked a couple of more wins, but not too shabby. Kyle and Jordan just couldn’t quite get it done.
“The kids coming back have a lot of matches under their belts. They’ve wrestled in big matches. I was expecting to have a couple more. Jordan certainly could have beaten the last kid. He’s ready to take it to the next level.”
Garcia, the 13th seed, has been battling a cold. He opened with a pin against Eduardo Meza of Alisal of Salinas. Against Jordan White of Casa Roble, Garcia fell behind 6-0 before getting a second-round pin. In his final match of the day, Garcia edged Tyler Fisher of Will C. Wood-Vacaville 5-4 to reach the quarterfinals.
“I’m feeling sick,” said Garcia. “I’ve been sick all week. I felt kind of slow.”
“He didn’t have the explosiveness we’re used to seeing,” coach McCarthy said. “The last kid he wrestled is very good, and he was able to beat him.”
Cole McCarthy had the toughest road the first day, having to wrestle an out-bracket match. He won that by pin and then followed up with another pin against Zach Fiene of Douglas. He won his third match 15-2.
Against Fiene, McCarthy jumped out to a 2-0 lead, and then used a “Tootsie Roll” to get a pin 22 seconds into the second round. McCarthy’s opponent tried for a takedown, but McCarthy countered, and it was over quickly.
“It’s my signature move,” the Carson sophomore said. “I was able to hook his arm. It’s a move you can set up or counter with.”
Livermore’s Brandon Disbow never had a chance against McCarthy, who got a takedown and three-point near fall seconds into the match. He led 5-2 after one period and 10-2 after two. He scored a takedown and near fall in the final period.
McCarthy admitted the fast start is critical.
“I like to get an early lead just in case,” he said. “This was big so I wouldn’t have to wrestle two more consolation matches tonight.”
Ponderosa’s Tim Ditrich pinned McCarthy in the third round to send him to the consolation side of the bracket. In his next match was postponed until today because his opponent had already wrestled five times which is the maximum at any tournament.
“Hopefully he has a couple more wins in him and can win a medal,” said coach McCarthy. “He had a good day.”
Craugh was especially impressive in his first two matches, both pins. He pinned Antioch’s Andre Holley in 1 minute 47 seconds and then took down Escalon’s Cole McCoy in 47 seconds. Both pins Craugh got seemed to be called quicker than they would have been at a dual meet.
“I was definitely looking for quick offense,” Craugh said. “You have four matches, you don’t want to be out there too long. It (the pin calls) depends on the ref.”
Craugh said he used a power half and stuck a leg in the win over McCoy. The Carson star barely broke a sweat.
Craugh lost his third match and then won his fourth match of the day to stay alive. The score was unavailable.
“That last one was a brawl,” McCarthy said. “We had to use a couple pounds of cotton to contain the bleeding on both sides (both nostrils).”