CAPTION – Courtesy Photo:
Pahranagat Valley’s Reece Thornton (195) earned a third place medal at the Chaparral Invitational last week. This week the Panthers competed in the Sunrise Mountain Duals on Wednesday and today are at the 2A Central Dvision duals in Ely.

Reece Thornton (195) placed third in the Chaparral Invitational tournament last weekend in Las Vegas.

Pahranagat coach Brad Loveday said it was a big tournament, 27 teams, “mostly 3A and 4A and us and Lincoln County were the smallest schools there.”

Pahranagat placed eighteen in the final team standings, with 36 points. Loveday said, “The boys did well. We’ve got some pretty tough kids, so I expect they will do well. Chris Thornton was absent for us due to illness.”

Thornton won his first match against Brian Hernandez of Chaparral by pin right at the end of the second period. He then faced Dominie Gould of Basic and won by pin in the quarterfinals. In the semi-finals, he lost by pin to Jonathan Carpenter of Palo Verde, last year’s 4A Sunset league champion.

Carpenter went on to win the championship at the Chaparral tourney.

Thornton then moved to a consolation bracket semifinal to face Torian Ross-Eskridge of Arbor View, and won by a 6-3 decision.

In the third place final he faced Kyle Fenn of Enterprise, Utah, and took an 11-6 decision.

Other wrestlers competing for Pahranagat were Hagan Harris (108). He was 1-2 in the main tournament. He received a bye his first match, then lost by pin to Angelo Vigilia of Western and Austin Tafoya of Moapa Valley.

Salvador Heredia (115) lost his first round match 4-2 to David Soriano of Bonanza, but then proceeded to move nicely through the consolation rounds.

He pinned Austin Marshall of Lincoln, took a 7-4 decision over Abeg Gomez of Desert Pines, won by forfeit over Deklyn Strong of Enterprise, Utah, then pinned Kevin Jaimes of Western. However, in the consolation quarterfinals, he lost a 6-0 decision to Dane Dennett of Basic.

Garrett Bowen (162) had a bye his first match. He then was pinned by Timmy Moeai of Virgin Valley in the second round and moved to the consolation rounds. There he pinned Darius Desrosiers of Eldorado, won by forfeit over Oliver Leyva of Canyon Springs, defeated Paul Mann of Palo Verde by fall, and in the consolation quarter-finals lost by pin to Stephen Lopez of Foothill.

Freshman Jonathan Dillingham (172) was pinned in his first match by Darius Williams of Arbor View. He received a bye in the first round of the consolation bracket. Then he pinned Demarko Brown of Canyon Springs, but next lost to Brandon Paris of Silverado.

Jon-Michael Stewart (222) won his first two matches by pin over Michael Taylor of Foothill and Zachary Daniels of Chaparral. But he lost in the quarterfinals to Brendan Rehmel of Bonanza, and then in the second round of the consolation bracket lost by pin to Morgan White of Pahrump.

On Wednesday this week the Panthers participated in the Sunrise Mountain Duals in Las Vegas.

The Class 2A Central Division Duals are today in Ely, involving Lincoln County, Pahranagat Valley, Round Mountain, West Wendover, and White Pine.

The 2A Southern Regionals will be Feb. 2-3 at Western High School in Las Vegas to decide qualifiers for the NIAA state meet Feb. 9 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.