WINNEMUCCA – The Elko wrestling team ranked fifth of 25 teams Friday and Saturday at the Cody Louk Invitational in Winnemucca.
The Indians totaled 122 points, trailing champion Spanish Springs (288.5), second-place Lowry (166), Pershing County (130.5) and Fernley (127).
Elko’s ‘B’ team took 19th place with 25 points, while Wells scored 11 of its 14 points by freshman Quinlin Jackson – the Leopards taking 23rd place.
Owyhee tied Eureka for 24th place, neither program mounting a placing wrestler.
The Indians gained a second-place effort from senior and 132-pound Kevin Villegas, who finished the tournament with a 3-1 record and a pin.
He scored 22 points for the Indians.
Villegas advanced to the championship match before losing by pinfall to Spanish Springs’ Jacob Ruiz at the 3:48 mark.
Elko had two wrestlers rank third and win their consolation-bracket finals, a pair of brothers.
Senior heavyweight Byron Hansen actually led the Indians in scoring – accounting for 26 points – finishing with a 5-1 record, each victory coming by way of pinfall.
Hansen lost his quarterfinal match to Axel Gonzalez of Pershing County by a decision of 12-5, crossing over to the consolation bracket.
He put in work on the other side, winning four-consecutive matches with pins.
Hansen took third place with a fall victory over South Tahoe’s Kyle Leake in 56 seconds in the consolation championship.
Like Villegas, 170-pound junior Carl Hansen tallied 22 points for the Indians.
He posted a 4-1 record with four pins, advancing to the semifinal round before losing by fall to Pershing County’s Joaquin Wanner in 55 seconds.
Carl Hansen won his consolation semifinal by pinfall and earned another pin victory for third place over Lowry’s Anthony Peterson at the 3:25 mark in the third-fourth place match.
The other Elko wrestler who placed at the Cody Louk Invitational did so in his first year at the event.
Freshman Zeth Kinterknecht closed the 113-pound bracket with an even record of 3-3, earning each of his wins by way of pinfall.
Kinterknecht posted 15 points for the Indians and placed sixth.
He opened with a pin victory but lost by fall to Battle Mountain’s Cameron Thompson in the quarterfinal round.
From the consolation bracket, Kinterknecht began with consecutive pin victories but lost his consolation semifinal in a 13-3 major decision.
In the fifth-sixth place match, he fell in a close, 2-0 decision to Keegan Cramer of Spanish Springs.
Jackson placed sixth for Wells in the 145-pound class, going through the gauntlet of seven matches.
He finished with a 4-3 record and notched one pin.
Jackson began the journey with a fall victory and a 7-3 win by decision before losing to Werner Hunter of Spanish Springs by fall at the 3:18 mark in the quarterfinal round.
In the consolation bracket, Jackson earned consecutive decisions of 9-3 and 6-1 to advance to the consolation semifinal.
He was defeated 18-3 by technical fall with a 15-point deficit, losing a major decision of 11-2 in the fifth-sixth place match to Donavan Coplin of Yerington.
Athletes will compete on Dec. 28 and 29 at the Sierra Nevada Classic in Reno.