Lincoln County’s Zach Rowe won the 126 pound Division III/IV state wrestling championship at Star of the Desert Arena in Primm on Saturday.
Teammates Will Culverwell (152) was runner-up in his weight class and Ben Culverwell took third place at 106 pounds. Alex Samson was fourth at 132, and Jesse Mathews fourth at 145.
Pahranagat Valley’s top finisher was Oscar Heredia, third at 120 pounds.
Pahranagat coach Brad Loveday said Thane Solorio (170) was doing well in his semifinal match, until he dislocated his elbow and had to forfeit.
Rowe pinned BoDean Kendall of Pershing County in the finals. Will Culverwell, who was the 2015 state champion at 145 pounds, lost in the 152-pound finals this year to defending champion Angel Ramirez of Pershing County by a 15-14 decision.
Younger brother Ben took third place by a pin over Jordan McGee of Agassi Prep. Alex Sampson was fourth place for the Lynx, losing by pin to Eric Wagner of Pershing County. Mathews took fourth place losing to Anthony Medera of Yerington.
Coach Steve Culverwell said they took eight wrestlers to state and five placed. “We had a good season.”
Rowe won the state title despite having a broken nose. Culverwell said he got it a couple of weeks ago in practice. “He got a knee in the nose, and I had to reset in on the spot.” But he was fitted with what looked just like a mask a hockey goaltender wears and he moved right through regionals and state. Rowe, a junior, had been the runner-up the past two years.
Alex Samson (132) was appearing in state for the first time. “That was another tough division,” Culverwell said, “with eventual three-time state champion Andrew Cox of Battle Mountain.”
Lincoln scored 81.5 points for fifth place in the team scoring, Pahranagat Valley was 10th with 26 points. Battle Mountain won the championship with 221 points, their fourth straight team title, which ties Lowry for the most state titles with 16.
On Sunday, the state middle school wrestling championships were held also in Primm.
Pahranagat Valley 8th grader Reese Thornton won the title in the 190-pound class. Coach Brad Loveday said Thornton is the first boy from Lincoln County he has ever known to have won a middle school state championship. “We’ve never really had anyone who worked out long enough or had the desire to go, except for Reese.”
Loveday said, “This is a tough competition. Over 700 kids from all around the state, but mostly Southern Nevada, participated.” Each weight has an eight-man bracket and Thornton pinned all his opponents, including a very tough semifinal match that he won in the final six seconds of the second round. After that, the final was quite easy, as he pinned his man in the first minute.