LAS VEGAS – West Wendover junior Jonathan Rodriguez can add some hardware to his trophy case and some bragging rights to his list of achievements.
After finishing third in the 285-pound division at the 2A South regional tournament, Rodriguez bested all grapplers in the state tournament Friday at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Rodriguez rolled to a 3-0 record, winning each match by pinfall.
He pinned Pershing County’s Davis Murphy at the 1:23 mark in the quarterfinal round, notching another fall victory over Pahranagat Valley’s Jon-Michael Stewart in the semifinal round in 2:34.
The longest of Rodriguez’s pinfall Ws – be it the sweetest – came in 3:55 in the 285-pound championship against Spring Mountain’s Avion Newman, avenging a semifinal loss to Newman in the 2A South regional tournament by fall at the 1:16 mark.
Scoring 24 of West Wendover’s 35 team points, the championship stood for the South – the Wolverines a Southern team in wrestling – but the title traveled North on the return trip home.
The Wolverines ranked eighth in the team standings; West Wendover’s other 11 points point coming in the 138-pound division from senior Ricardo Cervantes.
Cervantes, the 138-pound 2A South regional champion, could not duplicate the same type of success at the state tournament.
He notched a fall victory over Eureka’s Garrett Todd in the quarterfinal round in 3:50, but Cervantes was defeated by fall to Battle Mountain’s DeAndre Powell in 3:40 during the semifinal round.
Crossing to the consolation bracket, Cervantes bounced back with a fall victory over Lake Mead’s Byron Fernandez in the semifinal round at the 2:13 mark.
In the consolation championship, Yerington’s Donavan Coplin pinned Cervantes in 3:09 for third place – sending Cervantes to fourth.
The Independence Colts ranked 11th in the team standings with 17 points, 14 points earned by their 285-pound 2A North regional champion – who ranked third at state with a 3-1 record with two pins – and three points came from their 220-pound regional runner-up, closing with a 1-2 record with a pin in the state tourney.
Owyhee’s only wrestler in the state tournament was senior Trayce Ralston, who placed third in the 2A North regional tournament.
Ralston lost each of his 195-pound matches by pinfall in the state tourney.
Wells senior Luke Escamilla notched the only state competitor for the Leopards, finishing fourth in the 2A North regional tournament at 160 pounds.
At state, Escamilla was pinned in the third round in his first two matches.
Congratulations to Jonathan Rodriguez on his state championship for the Wolverines and to all competitors who competed in the Division 1A-2A Nevada State Wrestling Championships.