Moapa Valley Progress
The Pirates started last week traveling to Durango High School in Las Vegas for a tri-dual meet against Canyon Springs and Durango.
The Pirates are experiencing some lineup challenges and currently have three wrestlers out with injuries or illness. Thus, only 7 of 14 lineup spots were filled this week.
The Pirates wrestled Durango first. Jorge Cervantes, William Uri and Gavin Henrie all pinned their opponents. However, the Pirates fell to Durango 60-18.
They wrestled Canyon Springs in their next dual of the night and pulled off an impressive 48-24 win. Hayden Redd, Gavin Henrie, William Uri, Cropper Henrie, Ryan McMurray and Jackson Mills all earned pins for The Pirates. The final dual score was 48-24 Moapa Valley.
The Pirates traveled to Boulder City for their annual dual tournament. Again with only seven wrestlers in the lineup, the Pirates lost their two seeding duals against Coronado and Desert Pines. However, Austin Tafoya recorded two pins agains both opponents. Hayden Redd recorded a win by decision over Coronado and pinned his Desert Pines opponent. Gavin Henrie pinned his Desert Pines opponent. William Uri pinned both his Coronado and Desert Pines opponents. And Ryan McMurray pinned his Coronado opponent. McMurray also recorded a six point disqualification win against his Desert Pines opponent after coming back from a significant deficit and breaking the other wrestler’s will to continue.
Despite the team losses, The Pirates were seeded first in the bronze bracket of the tournament based on total points scored.
Their first dual was against Laughlin. The Pirates squeaked out a 36-36 team win (based off criteria tie breaker) and moved on to the second round. Hayden Redd, Gavin Henrie and William Uri all pinned their opponents.
Perhaps the most impressive dual of the day for the Pirates was their last matchup against Desert Oasis. Starting the match already down 18-0 due to forfeits as a result of holes in the lineup, the Pirates wrestled their hearts out and beat Desert Oasis 42-30 to win the bronze bracket.
Every wrestler on the team had a match won by fall. Austin Tafoya and Cropper Henrie were the two standouts of the dual beating very tough, and more experiences opponents. The other wrestlers who recorded falls were Jorge Cervantes (who is wrestling tougher each week), Hayden Redd and Gavin Henrie.