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Let’s get physical: Devils sweep Bears, Bulldogs, Cougars at River Valley multi

January 25, 2019

MOHAVE VALLEY — The host Dust Devils displayed a physical brand of wrestling when they swept their foes at the River Valley multi at River Valley High School on Tuesday afternoon.

The Dust Devils beat the Kingman Bulldogs 66-12, the Bradshaw Mountain Bears 48-30 and the Laughlin Cougars 74-6, as three high schools competed against River Valley.

Seth Solano, 170 pounds; Raymond Hernandez, 195; Anthony Gorrell, 182; Francisco Walema, heavyweight; John Skinner, 120; and Shawn Stice, 126; each went 3-0 for the Dust Devils.

When River Valley head coach Zack Regan was asked if it was nice to wrestle at home for once, he said, “Yeah, for once.”

Tuesday’s multi served as the River Valley wrestling team’s Senior Day.

“Maybe, we’ll get a big tournament at home next year,” Regan said.

Gorrell added: “They’re scared of us.”

Solano unleashed — once again — one of his patented body slams on Bradshaw Mountain’s Brandon Millard.

When warned that he will have to put his opponents’ into the mat gently like NFL defensive player must treat quarterbacks, Regan said, “(Solano) just makes face gestures.”

“I thought we came out to wrestle,” Regan said. “The whole school was out, so a lot of our guys were nervous, but from 170 on, we swept them in every class.

“So, they won all day long.”

Regan said the first match against Bradshaw Mountain was a “tough one,” and the next two “we pretty much pounded them the way we should have.”

The Cougars went 0-3, as the Laughlin squad grappled with just three wrestlers.

Laughlin head coach Colyn Kruse said his Cougars are wrestling much better against opponents that they competed against recently.

“So, they’re not getting pushed over anymore,” Kruse said. “They’re manning up; they’re really wrestling hard.”

Kruse said his Cougars competed against Kingman during the first match Tuesday.

“Kingman is pretty good,” he said. “They’re a pretty solid team.

“Our kids wrestled them pretty good, too.”

The Cougars were short-handed when they wrestled at the 15th annual Dan Salyer Invitational Tournament at Mohave on Jan. 11-12, and Kruse said his Cougars had not competed since the Mohave invite.

When asked what his Cougars thought about the Mohave invite, Kruse said, “They thought it was tough.

“They’ve definitely seen the hardest and they think that the Mohave tournament will make our league a little bit easier.”

The Cougars compete in the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association.

Sophomore Kevin Lemire, 145, and sophomore Blake Luna, 152, and Branden Lando, 160, were the grapplers who competed for the Cougars on Tuesday.

OTHER TEAM SCORES: Bradshaw Mountain beat Kingman 57-24 and blanked Laughlin 66-0.

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