It was so long that the fifth/sixth-place matches had to be cancelled, leaving two Railroaders out of a chance of placing.
However, heavyweight Vance Bow made it all the way to the championship before falling 5-4. Bow had a chance to earn the victory, shooting at the last second, but the takedown came after the horn had sounded so no points were awarded.
I n the team standings, Yerington took the top spot with Lowry and McQueen rounding out the top three. Sparks wrestling coach Ric Fehr said the Railroaders placed in the top 11 despite only having seven wrestlers. Those seven wrestlers only have about 10 years of experience combined.
“For the lack of mat time they’ve had, they’ve come a phenomenal long way,” Fehr said. “They work hard in the room and their attitudes are fantastic.”
A notable performance came from Charles Peak, who won his fourth match of the year. Peak is autistic and hadn’t won a match in his first two years wrestling. Fehr said he love how the other members around Sparks rally around Peak.
•In other action, Spanish Springs and Reed were at the Big Valley Classic in Stockton, Calif. The Cougars placed fourth out of 74 schools, while the Raiders were 11th with only eight wrestlers competing.
Once again, Reed sophomore Spencer Empey was the star as he won the 216-pound weight class. Teammates Reece Dassinger and Broc Westlake took third at 161 pounds and 190 pounds respectively.
For Spanish Springs, 120-pounder Curtis Lampert led the way with a second-place finish. Zach Perez (141) and Garek Tauchen (153) were both fourth, while Austin Yohey (131) was sixth,