LAS VEGAS – All season, the Spring Creek Spartans winning the 3A state wrestling championship seemed more like a matter of time than an actual question.
The results of the Division 3A Nevada State Wrestling Championships proved the dominance of the Spartans as they won their second straight state title Friday at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Spring Creek defended its championship by nearly a double-up victory, scoring 197 points and besting second-place Virgin Valley’s total of 99 points by 98.
In the process of dominating the field as a unit, the Spartans placed four wrestlers on the mountain top of the podium in their respective divisions.
Along with the second straight team championship, 138-pound junior Dyllan Fuchs also capped consecutive victories – nailing down his second-consecutive state title.
Fuchs rolled to a 3-0 record, including two wins by pinfall.
He opened with consecutive fall victories, downing Chaparral’s Jalen Williams in 1:34 in the quarterfinal and pinning Lowry’s Zack Peters in 1:09 in the semifinal round.
In the 138-pound championship, the contest served as a rematch of the 3A North regional title – providing the same result.
Fuchs cruised to a 6-1 decision over Lowry’s Bryan Day.
The match began a state-title streak for the Spartans, continued in the 145-pound division by senior Anthony Chavez.
Chavez also went 3-0, winning each of his matches by pinfall.
In the quarterfinal, Chavez took care of Ryan Buchanan of Cheyenne in just 38 seconds.
He won his semifinal contest in even-shorter order, pinning Pahrump Valley’s Dylan Wright in half a minute.
His toughest test came in the championship against Boulder City’s Ladd Cox, but Chavez earned his second state championship – the first since his freshman season – capping his career with a fall victory at the 3:19 mark in the second period.
Spring Creek’s third of its four state champions came in three-consecutive matches.
Freshman Beau Chacon’s victory came in the most intense fashion.
Chacon’s 3-0 record ended with a high-stress battle.
He rolled to a fall victory over Chaparral’s Fransico Escoto in just 27 seconds in the quarterfinal and tech-falled Carter Chapin of Fernley in 4:23, the score at 18-2.
In the 152-pound final, Chacon faced Lowry’s Quint Bell, who he defeated in the 3A North regional title by a score of 3-1.
The state championship was also decided by a 3-1 tally, only after three periods of wrestling provided a 1-1 draw.
Chacon earned a takedown in the extra time for a 3-1, sudden-victory state crown.
Spring Creek’s final state champion came in the form of sophomore Jeff Guthrie in the 195-pound division.
Guthrie closed with a 3-0 mark with wins by fall and tech fall.
While the Spartans’ first two state champions won with ease, Guthrie found himself in a tooth-and-nail battle like Chacon in the championship.
He blanked Pahrump Valley’s Jeremy Albertson 16-0 for a tech-fall win in the quarterfinal, pinning Aleki Pooi in 1:05 in the semifinal.
Boulder City’s Ryan Vanario gave the sophomore all he wanted and then some in the 195-pound state final, Guthrie escaping with the hardware by one point – earning a 9-8 decision.
The Spartans had three wrestlers finish one victory away from state titles.
Freshman Chase Milligan rolled to the state final in the 106-pound division with a 2-0 record, earning a 13-2, major-decision victory in the quarterfinal round and notching a fall victory in 4:55 in the semifinal.
In the championship, Milligan wan pinned by Virgin Valley’s Rudy Cannon in 1:08.
Junior Josh Tripp won his first match at 120 pounds by forfeit, sneaking away with a 9-8 decision over Boulder City’s Garrett Leavitt in the semifinal.
Tripp has been the class of the 120-pound division all season long, except when freestyle national champion and three-time defending state champion Ty Smith moved down to 120 pounds from 126.
In the 120-pound final, Smith notched his second straight title in the division and fourth-consecutive overall with a fall victory in 1:47.
Senior K-Ci Slade also closed as the state runner-up in the 182-pound class.
While several Spartans earned close decisions on their ways to state titles, Slade found himself on the wrong side of a tight battle.
Slade won his first two matches by fall in 3:38 and five minutes, advancing to the 182-pound final.
After three periods of high-scoring action, Slade lost to Virgin Valley’s Crescent Crandall by a final of 13-12.
Three Spartans overcame losses in the championship bracket and rebounded with victories in the consolation final.
Sophomore Kodis Campbell defeated Virgin Valley’s Gage Woods in the quarterfinal by a score of 9-7, falling in the semifinal by a score of 12-0 to eventual state champion Diego Ortega.
Campbell defeated freshman teammate Bear Browne in the consolation semifinal by fall in 2:40, winning the 113-pound consolation bracket with a fall victory in 4:59 – defeating Woods for the second time.
In the 126-pound bracket, sophomore Riley Fuchs also won his quarterfinal match and lost in the semifinal.
He notched a 9-2 win in the first match, falling 2-0 in the semifinal to eventual state champion Kevin Villegas of Elko.
Fuchs advanced through the consolation bracket with a forfeit, defeating Boulder City’s Zayne Dennington in the consolation final by a 4-1 decision.
In the 132-pound class, freshman Q Boyd’s only loss came in the semifinal round.
He opened with a fall victory, losing a 2-1 decision his next match.
Boyd advanced to the consolation final with a 6-2 decision, earning third place with a fall victory over Lowry’s Cade Bell in 1:41.
Three Spartans won third place with victories in the consolation final; three Spartans fell in the third-fourth place matches as well.
Spring Creek sophomore Jacob Taylor closed with a 2-2 record, losing by fall to Boulder City’s Curtis Brown in the 106-pound consolation championship at the 1:47 mark.
Junior Clay Campbell earned major-decision victories in each of his two wins, losing for the second time in the 160-pound consolation final to Sparks’ Brandon McCraney by a 9-5 decision.
In the 285-pound division, junior Cody Jenkins posted an even record of 2-2 – opening with a loss by fall but bouncing back with a pin and a 2-1 decision before losing by a score of 8-1 in the third-fourth place match.
Congratulations to coach Wade Pehrson and the Spring Creek Spartans on consecutive regional and state titles, Dyllan Fuchs, Anthony Chavez, Beau Chacon and Jeff Guthrie on their individual state championships and to all the Spartans who made Spring Creek the dominant 3A force in the state.