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Trojans wrestler Albertson grabs fourth at state tournament in Reno

The Trojans grapplers got one medal winner out of the seven that were sent to state in Reno on Feb. 10-11, and finished 13th out of 18 schools with 10 points.

Junior Jeremy Albertson (195 pounds) was a third-place seed and finished in fourth place at the state tourney and was the only medal winner for the team. He went up against sophomore Ryan Vanario of Boulder City and was pinned at 43 seconds.

The Trojans that went to state were sophomore Isaak Cruz (120 pounds), fourth-place seed; sophomore Kyler Adams (126), fifth-place seed; sophomore Dylan Grossell (132), third-place seed; junior David Diaz (145), fifth-place seed; junior Dustin Rily (152), second-place seed; junior Cole Walker (195), fourth-place seed.

Trojans coach Craig Rieger had a young team made up of juniors and sophomores and was happy to send the seven to the state tourney this year.

He looks at the whole regional and state tourney experience as a feather in their cap.

“I actually wished we sent more sophomores just so that they could experience it,” Rieger said. “All seven were like, whoa…it was good learning for them. They realized they have to do the work. Our wrestlers ran into some strong wrestlers at state.”

The Trojans wrestling program will be in good shape according to Craig Rieger, if all the wrestlers that wrestled this year return to the program next year.

Tonopah wrestling

One other Nye County wrestling team went to state. The Class 2A Muckers sent 12 wrestlers to state this year, finishing the year as the Class 2A Southern Regional Champions. At state, the Muckers had four medal winners and the team finished in fourth place overall with 71 points.

Senior Tanner Otteson (145 pounds) won an individual state title, defeating Monty Moore of White Pine in the title match in an 8-7 decision.

Senior Freddy Lopez (220) finished in second place, losing to senior Ty Arnett of Pershing County by pin 4:30 in the title match.

Then freshman Dillan Christianson Lopez (113) won his third-place match over freshman Marco Monroy of Spring Mountain by pin in 2:54 and senior Jordon Berkowitz took fourth place, losing to sophomore Davis Murphy of Pershing County by decision 3-0 in the third-place match.

Contact sports editor Vern Hee at vhee@pvtimes.com

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