RENO – The Division 3A champs are poised for another run at a state wrestling title.
The Spring Creek Spartans finished eighth out of 85-scoring teams Thursday and Friday during the Sierra Nevada Classic at Reno Livestock Events Center.
The Spartans tallied a team total of 136 points.
Spring Creek was led by 24 points from 138-pound junior Dyllan Fuchs, who placed fourth.
He finished the tournament with a 7-1 record, posting three wins by pinfall and another by medical forfeit over Sevite’s Teddy Okada in the consolation semifinal.
Fuchs’ only loss came in the third round of the championship to Nico Antuna of Centennial by fall at the 3:43 mark.
Freshman Beau Chacon racked up 20 points for the Spartans, going 6-2 in the 152-pound division and ranking fifth.
He posted two victories by fall and another by a major decision of 10-2 in the sixth round of the consolation bracket.
Chacon’s two losses came by a major decision of 10-2 in the quarterfinal round, closing the tournament with an 11-4 loss to Gabe De Haro of Temescal Canyon in the consolation semifinal.
Due to a forfeit by Edison’s Jared Williams, who beat Chacon on the quarterfinal, Chacon was awarded fifth place.
Spring Creek earned a sixth-place effort from senior Anthony Chavez at 145 pounds.
Chavez closed with a record of 4-3, wining one match by pinfall and scoring 13 points for the Spartans.
He strung together four-consecutive victories and reached the semifinal round before losing by fall to Lakeland’s Larry Johnson in 1:59.
Chavez’s tournament came to a close with consecutive losses in a close, 6-4 decision to Josh Bartholomew of American Fork in the consolation semifinal and a fall defeat to Benicia’s Eric Santos in the fifth-sixth place match at the 1:12 mark.
Spring Creek’s other placing wrestler was junior Josh Tripp, who finished eighth with a 4-3 record with one pin and three victories by major decisions, scoring 13 points for the team.
Tripp advanced to the quarterfinal round with three straight wins, but he lost by fall in 1:42 to Lorenzo Vasquez of Culver.
Tripp notched his third major decision victory in a 13-0 effort in the sixth round of the consolation bracket, closing with a loss by fall to Franklin’s Edison Alanis in the seventh round and an 11-9 defeat to Reno’s Eric Lopez in the seventh-eight place match.
While he did not place, sophomore Kodis Campbell scored 14 points for Spring Creek in the 113-pound class.
Campbell finished with a 4-2 record, pinning each opponent in his victories.
He won his first two matches before losing in the third round of the championship side by major decision (15-2) to Nikolas Foster of Spanish Springs.
Campbell won his next two matches in the consolation bracket by fall, but he lost a 4-0 decision in the sixth round to Marshfield’s Kody Koumentis.
Spring Creek earned another double-digit scorer in junior Chandler Hill, who scored 10 points with a 3-2 record and three pins at 220 pounds.
Hill opened with a fall victory but lost a 7-3 decision in the second round.
He bounced back with consecutive pins in the second and third rounds of the consolation bracket before being pinned in 2:23 by Hug’s Kenneth Martinez in the fourth round.
Senior K-Ci Slade tallied eight points for the Spartans in the 182-pound division, finishing with a 4-2 record and one victory by pinfall.
He won his first two matches by fall and a 7-0 shutout, losing for the first time in the third round to Centennial’s Tyler Roper by an 11-1 major decision.
Slade notched consecutive wins by decision in the fourth and fifth rounds of the consolation bracket before losing in the sixth round to Malik Lewis of Franklin by a score of 16-9.
Junior Cody Jenkins scored six points for Spring Creek in the heavyweight division, going 3-2 with one pin.
He lost his opening match by fall and received a bye in the consolation bracket, winning his next three matches before losing for the second time in the fifth round by major decision (9-1) to Gregori’s Erick Sanchez.
Freshman Q Boyd, who was not a designated scorer, racked up a winning record of 4-2 with a pin and a victory by major decision in the 132-pound division.
Boyd notched his only win by fall in the opening round of the championship bracket, earning a decision victory in the second round.
He was beaten by a major decision of 9-0 in the third round, responding with consecutive decision victories in the consolation bracket before losing a 5-2 decision to Elko’s Kevin Villegas in the fourth round.
Spring Creek’s other wrestlers who posted winning records were 126-pound junior Austin Wirth and 113-pound freshman Bear Browne, who each went 3-2.
Wirth won two of his three matches by fall in succession after losing his opening match by fall.
He added a decision victory in the third round of the consolation bracket, closing with a loss by fall at the 2:47 mark to Escalon’s Alex Jimenez in the fourth round.
Like Wirth, Browne lost his opening match by fall but answered with a fall victory and added two wins by decision from the consolation side before ending the tournament with a loss by fall to teammate Kodis Campbell in the fourth round in 53 seconds.
Four Spartans finished with 2-2 records: 106-pound Chase Milligan (one pin), 126-pound Riley Fuchs (two pins), 132-pound Jace Saxton (one pin) and 160-pound Clay Campbell (one pin).
Spring Creek will return to action on Jan. 4 in Kimberly, Idaho, competing Jan. 5-6 in Buhl, Idaho.