weather icon Clear

WRESTLING: Mitchell Miller leads Tonopah Muckers at Vaquero Classic

The Tonopah High School wrestling team participated in the annual Vaquero Classic wrestling tournament held at Fernley High School over the weekend.

The tournament featured 241 wrestlers representing 21 different schools from the central and northern Nevada areas.

Tonopah had seven wrestlers in the tournament.

Macie and Montana Strozzi and Brianna Sanderson all represented the Muckers in the 113-pound weight class.

Macie and Brianna faced each other in the first round of the consolation bracket. Macie came out on top with a 6-4 decision victory after scoring a reversal just before the end of the second period.

In the 126-pound weight class, Mitchell Miller had the most success of the Mucker wrestlers.

He would go on to finish in third place, securing a victory with a third-period pinfall. Miller had a 4-1 lead on the scoreboard before getting his pin.

Senior Talon Smith and junior Samuel Nichols were the only other Muckers who placed in the top six of their weight divisions.

Smith made it to the semifinals of the championship bracket before falling just short and being pinned in the third period by Sage Adie of Douglas High School.

Following his loss in the championship bracket, Smith dropped both of his matches on the consolation side to get his sixth-place finish.

Nichols, on the other hand, won four of his five matches on the consolation side of the bracket after dropping his first match in the championship bracket.

He won all four matches via pinfalls including his fifth-place match. Two of the four pins came within the first minute of his match. The other two matches were finished in the second period.

As a team, the Muckers finished in 12th place, ending the tournament with 58.5 points.

This was a huge improvement over last year’s Vaquero Classic appearance by the Muckers. There, they finished in 19th place out of 26 spots and only scored 22 total points.

Tonopah will host their only wrestling event of the season this weekend. The event will be a divisional dual.

Five schools will be participating in the event: Tonopah, Pahranagat Valley, West Wendover, White Pine and Lincoln County.

This will be the last regular season event before preparing for the regional tournament next weekend.

The matches are scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.

Contact sports writer/editor Danny Smyth at dsmyth@pvtimes.com. Follow @the_dannysmyth on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
GALLERY: Tonopah clinic returns dental care

The community celebrated the grand opening after suffering for years without a dentist.

Cannabis regulators suspend Tonopah cultivator

Agents cite multiple irregularities at the operations that could pose public health and safety threats.

Go behind the scenes of the latest ‘Ghost Adventures‘ shoot in Tonopah

A film crew from a paranormal investigation show was in Nye County for two days earlier this month to interview eyewitnesses and historians for an upcoming episode of “Ghost Adventures” that was shot on location in Tonopah and surrounding areas.

NCSO named Agency of the Year by Dept. of Public Safety

Although no driver wants to see the flashing lights and sirens that indicate they are about to be pulled over, traffic enforcement is a crucial part of what any law enforcement agency does. In the Silver State, an initiative known as Joining Forces draws together jurisdictions from all across the state for a single purpose, traffic enforcement events aimed at ensuring that the rules of the road are being followed.