STATE CHAMPS: Wave wrestling wins 1st-ever title |

STATE CHAMPS: Wave wrestling wins 1st-ever title

Thomas Ranson
The Wave varsity wrestling team poses with the state championship trophy Saturday night in Primm.

For the first time in school history, the Greenwave wrestling team is bringing a state championship trophy home to the Lahontan Valley.

After taking third in last week’s regional tournament, Fallon stormed back on Saturday to win the Division I-A state title at the Desert Arena in Primm. The tournament was almost won before the medal round after Fallon powered through the championship bracket. The Greenwave’s 145.5 points nearly doubled regional champ Spring Creek (82), while Lowry finished second with 88. Virgin Valley took fourth with 76 points and Elko amassed 66 to round out the top five.

First-year coach Trevor de Braga and his Fallon grapplers sent seven to the state finals, crowning four champs and placing an additional four in the top five after qualifying 10 from the regional. Lowry, which had 13 wrestlers, had only one champ while Spring Creek, which had 15 wrestlers, came up completely empty.

Freshman Sean McCormick (138 pounds), sophomore Matt Goings (152), and seniors Trae Workman (160) and Sam Goings (170) each won their division, while sophomore Mason Smith (113), junior Jack Swisher (145) and senior Juan Ledezma (182) took second. Junior Terry White (106) placed third.

Juniors Dylan McAfee (126) and Kobe Abe (285) came up short but will have a second chance in 2017.