The level of competition may be unmatched so it’s quite the accomplishment for local grapplers to show well in the heralded event. A pair of Reed High wrestlers did that and then some.
Reed High’s Broc Westlake and Spencer Empey both won six straight matches en route to winning their weight class and earning All-American honors.
Westlake won the 195-pound weight class. He won by forfeit in the title match. Empey won the 220-pound weight class, wining 10-0 in the final.
“Only one other school had two champions,” Reed wrestling coach Dan Barraza said. “I don’t think very many northern Nevada kids have ever won it and we had four this year. That’s pretty impressive.
“It’s too bad for Broc. That’s not how you want to win, by forfeit. You always want to wrestle, but that’s how it goes sometimes.”
Westlake, a senior, has now placed in the event three times during his prep carer after an eighth-place finish two years ago and a fifth-place effort last winter. Empey, a junior, won his TOC weight class last year, becoming a rare back-to-back champion.
Between the duo and their 12 matches, only three went the distance.
“They’re special kids,” Barraza said. “They’re really smart and they work extremely hard. They do put in the time. They drill correctly and they go at in practice.”
Reed’s 19th-place finish was the highest of any Northern 4A school.