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RENO – Junior Carl Hansen was the only Elko wrestler who managed to grapple his way to a placing position during the Sierra Nevada Classic on Thursday and Friday at Reno Livestock Events Center.

Hansen led an Elko team that finished mid-pack in the 88-team field, 85 of which scored pints.

The Indians took 41st place with a team total of 53.5 points, 17 of which were scored by Hansen.

Wrestling in the 170-pound class, he finished with a 6-2 record with four victories by pinfall and a sudden victory.

Hansen won his first two matches – the second by fall – but was defeated by fall at the 2:45 mark in the third round of the championship bracket by Madera South’s Dylan Miracle.

From the consolation side, Hansen bounced back with three-consecutive wins by pin before losing a 12-5 decision to Richard Kilgore of Centennial in the seventh round.

In the seventh-eighth place match, Hansen defeated Servite’s Brent Reed by a score on 11-9 in sudden victory.

The Indians did not have another double-digit wrestler, senior Kevin Villegas coming close with 9.5 points in the 126-pound division.

Villegas tallied a 4-2 record with a victory by fall and another by technical fall.

He earned his tech victory in the opening round by a score of 18-2, following with his only pin of the tournament.

In the third round, Villegas found himself on the low side of a close, 7-5 decision against Reno’s Frank Giovannetti.

In the consolation bracket, Villegas won a 5-2 decision over Spring Creek’s Q Boyd and gained another decision of 8-3 over Lowry’s Cade Bell.

The tournament closed for Villegas in the sixth round with a narrow, 5-3 loss to John Villagran of Temescal Canyon.

No other Elko wrestlers finished with winning records, several Indians closing with even marks of 2-2.

Freshman Zeth Kinterknecht went 2-2 (one pin, major decision) at 113 pounds, senior Josh Boulard finished 2-2 (two pins) in the 138-pound class and 152-pound junior Ezekial Stewart finished 2-2 with a win by fall.

The Indians will hit the mats after the break on Jan. 5-6 at the Buhl Invitational in Idaho.


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