Here is a look at some of the top high school sports events this week.
With Cimarron holding a slight lead, Nathaniel Rodriguez scored a reversal with two seconds remaining in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and win the 132-pound region title. In the process, he secured enough team points to help the Spartans bring home the ninth region title in program history Saturday at Centennial.
On Saturday in the 138-pound championship match of the Sunrise Region meet at Las Vegas, Antonio Saldate captured his fourth consecutive region title with a 19-4 major decision over Green Valley’s David Kalayanaprapruit.
Boulder City’s Zayne Dennington trailed Vicente Pinto of Virgin Valley 3-1 with 15 seconds remaining in the championship match at 126 pounds. But Dennington managed a one-point escape, then spun and forced a takedown at the very edge of the mat with one second left to earn two points and pull out the dramatic 4-3 victory.
Jesse Jones, Chris Thornton, Reece Thornton and Jon Stewart each won individual titles Saturday and helped Pahranagat Valley’s wrestling team capture the Class 2A Southern Region championship at Laughlin.
Xzavier Maheia is fighting for third place in the Sunset Region wrestling tournament, but the results aren’t as important as why he wrestles.
Centennial’s wrestling team is second in team points after the first day of the Sunset Region meet, and will send six wrestlers to the semifinals Saturday seeking the first region championship in program history.
After Friday’s competition at Western High, Boulder City earned 93½ points and first place in the standings on the strength of having a dozen wrestlers make it to the semifinals. Virgin Valley sits in second with 84, with Cheyenne and Mojave tied for third with 72.
This year, Bishop Gorman 170-pounder Joey Mazzara became the first Nevada wrestler to be a two-time winner of the Battle of the Belt tournament in California, and he was the Adidas national wrestler of the week in late January.