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Spanish Springs wrestlers take fifth in state
by Tribune Staff
Feb 22, 2014 | 1013 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Spanish Springs wrestling team is undoubtedly the best in the North – the Cougars won their fifth North title in six years last weekend.

Their quest for a state title, however, continues.

Spanish Springs sent eight wrestlers to Saturday’s state tournament in Primm, Nev., putting five on the podium (fop-four finish), but finished fifth overall with 68.5 points.

Green Valley claimed the DI State title with 97 points, well ahead of second-place Cimarron-Memorial and Spring Valley which tied for second with 76.

The Cougars finished a half point behind Shadow Ridge for fourth place and a narrow point and-a-half in front of Reno.

Tyler Poalillo (126) was the lone Sparks-area wrestler to claim an individual state title, winning the 126-pound bracket. The individual championship came after finishing third in last weekend’s North tournament.

Teammate, and fellow 126 pounder, Joei Jones joined Poalillo on the podium, finishing third.

Brik Chesley took third in the 195-pound bracket after finishing second in the North. Chesley pinned Green Valley wrestler, Joe Gardner, in the second round.

In the two biggest classifications, Cougar Anthony Walsh (220) fell in the state title match to McQueen’s Josh Ramos. Ramos only dropped a single match this season and bested Walsh in the North title match as well.

Chase Hauder (heavyweight) was the final Cougar to place, finishing fourth after falling on points, 8-2, in the 3rd/4th place match.

Reed sent two wrestlers to Saturday’s state tournament and both will return home with hardware.

Junior Jake Otuafi (145) finished fourth in his bracket after claiming the North title. Otuafi lost a 4-3 decision in the 3rd/4th place match.

Senior Calvin Cox (220), also finished fourth. Cox was somewhat of a surprise to advance to state after sneaking into the tournament taking the third and final spot in the North tourney.

In the D I-A ranks, Sparks also sent a pair of wrestlers to the state tournament, which took place simultaneously with all other classifications in Primm, Nev. on Saturday.

Senior heavyweight wrestler, David Valentine, was the lone Railroader to stand on the podium, finishing fourth. Valentine was the DI-A North runner-up.

Lowry ran away with the DI-A state title, racking up 155 points, well in front of the second-place finisher, Fallon, which accumulated 117.

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