WINNEMUCCA, Nev. — Laughlin sophomore Kevin Lemire posted the Cougars’ only victory during the 2019 Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association 2A/1A state wrestling tournament.
Lemire, competing in the 138-pound division, opened his competition at the Winnemucca Events Center in north-central Nevada with a loss by fall to Wyatt Anderson of Eureka.
That put Lemire in the consolation bracket, where he posted a win by fall in 3:23 against Jordan Thompson of Spring Mountain. Lemire made a great comeback to beat Thompson, who had a 5-0 lead in the second period before Lemire scored two points with a reversal and two more with a near fall before putting an end to the match with the pin.
In the consolation semifinals, Lemire lost by fall in 2:18 to Michael Malone of Battle Mountain.
Malone scored takedowns in both the first and second periods for a 4-0 lead before scoring the pin.
Lemire’s victory over Thompson earned him three points in the team scoring; that wound up being Laughlin’s point total, placing the Cougars in a tie for 57th place among the 66 schools represented by at least one participant at the state wrestling tournament.
Laughlin’s other two participants, senior Branden Lando and sophomore Jack Tierce, went 0-2 in the meet.
All three Laughlin wrestlers had difficult draws, facing eventual finalists in their first-round assignments.
Anderson went on to score a win by fall over Enrique Aguilar, of Wells, in the semifinals and lost by technical fall to unbeaten Dante Revilglio, of Yerington, in the 138 finals.
Lando, at 160 pounds, had the misfortune of meeting undefeated eventual state champion Joaquin Wanner, of Pershing County, in the first round. Wanner, a senior, defeated Trevin Perkins, of Lincoln County, by fall in the semifinals then pinned Daegin McClary, of Battle Mountain, in 3:15 in the finals Saturday.
Lando lost to Wanner by pin in 1:33 in the first round.
In the consolation bracket, Lando lost by fall in 1:40 to Vincent Davis, of Yerington.
Tierce, a sophomore at 170 pounds, lost by fall in 1:01 to Owen Oakes, of Battle Mountain, in the quarterfinals. In the consolation bracket, Tierce lost by fall in 4:25 to Bruce Domagala, of Battle Mountain.
Oakes scored a win by fall over Zeke Vinson, of White Pine, in the semifinals and lost by fall to Dylan Hultenschmidt, of Pershing County, in the finals.
Spring Creek took the 2A/1A title, scoring 236 points, with Pershing County second at 209 and Battle Mountain third at 173.
Laughlin placed seventh among 12 teams in the NIAA 2A Southern Region Tournament at Indian Springs earlier this month.
Tonopah won the regional with 161 points with Lincoln County second at 124 and White Pine third at 113.
Tierce and Lemire each plaed third at the regional to qualify for state while Lando was fourth.
Senior Micah Dagley was third at 132 pounds, scoring a team-high 18 points for the Cougars, but he was unable to attend the state meet.
Sophomore Blake Luna, at 145 pounds, placed sixth at the regional.
“They wrestled better then they have done all year,” head coach Colyn Kruse said. “The kids seem ready for state, and for some like Lando and Dagley, it’s their last year. They are ready to complete.”