ELKO – In their competitions of the wrestling season, the Elko Indians’ varsity wrestlers finished with a 7-1 record at the Fallon duals – losing 53-27 with a 5-8 record Tuesday in Battle Mountain against the Longhorns.
At the opening matches of the year, the Elko “A” team finished with a 7-1 head-to-head record against its opponents.
Individually, the Indians were by led three wrestlers who each finished with 7-1 marks in their respective matches.
Junior Carl Hansen recorded a team-best six of his victories (7-1) by way of pins, notching seven takedowns in the 170-pound weight class.
Senior Byron Hansen also finished with a 7-1 record in the heavyweight division of 285 pounds, tallying four wins with pins and closing with two takedowns.
The other Elko wrestler who recorded a 7-1 start to the season was promising freshman Darin LeGrand.
LeGrand tallied three takedowns and won two of his matches with pin victories at 195 pounds.
Freshman Zeth Kinterknecht made a solid showing in the first varsity action of his career, serving as one of five Elko wrestlers who finished with 6-2 records.
Kinterknecht tallied double-digit takedowns with 10, closing with three victories by pinfall at 113 pounds.
Junior Ezekial Stewart (6-2) nailed down five victories with pins at 160 pounds, adding six takedowns in the process.
Senior Josh Bouldard’s 6-2 record was due in large part to closing the duals with nine takedowns, finishing with two pinfall wins.
At 132 pounds, junior Daniel Allen tallied a record of 6-2.
He closed the duals with three wins by pins and made three takedowns.
Junior Shawn Nakamura’s record of 6-2 at 120 pounds included three wins by pinfall, closing with two takedowns.
Two members of Elko’s “A” team finished with 5-3 marks.
Senior Kevin Villegas, the 2016 state champion and 2017 state runner-up, faced stiff competition while finishing 5-3 at 138 pounds.
His losses came in close decisions, but Villegas led the Indians with 15 takedowns in the duals.
Three of Villegas’ five victories came by pinfall.
At 220 pounds, junior Luis Garcia also went 5-3.
He notched seven takedowns and won a match with a pin.
The only other full-time member of Elko’s “A” team who finished with a winning record was junior Chris Meza, who closed with a 4-3 record at 152 pounds, winning three matches with pins.
Meza closed the duals with two takedowns.
The head-to-head matches Tuesday against Battle Mountain resulted in a common outcome for the most part – pin or be pinned.
The Longhorns defeated the Indians by nearly a double-up margin of 53-27, the Indians going 5-8 while Battle Mountain closed 8-5.
Of Elko’s five wins, two came by forfeit – awarded to senior Bryce Howard at 152 pounds and Kinterknecht at 113 pounds.
Carl Hansen wasted little time to notch a pinfall victory in his 170-pound match, going just 29 seconds.
Byron Hansen went into the third round of his heavyweight match before earning a pin, closing the show at the 3:06 mark.
Elko’s lone victory by decision came by Villegas at 138 pounds, winning by a final score of 5-1.
The Indians will be back on the mat Friday and Saturday at the Cody Louk Invitational, hosted by Lowry High School, in Winnemucca.