Four Laughlin grapplers qualify for state

February 6, 2019

LAUGHLIN — Four Laughlin High School wrestlers placed high enough in the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association 2A Southern Region Tournament last weekend in Indian Springs Nevada to qualify for state.

Sophomore Jack Tierce, 170, senior Branden Lando, 160, sophomore Kevin Lemire, 138, and senior Micah Dagley, 132, will be taking nine-hour trek up to Winnemucca, Nevada for the 2A State Wrestling Championships.

“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.”

Dagley, Lemire, Tierce all placed third in the region tournament, and Lando finished fourth.

Sophomore 145-pounder Blake Luna’s 2018 season finished at regionals after placing sixth. However, he still contributed seven team points at the meet. Dagley was the team’s top scorer with 18.

Dagley is now 7-1 overall on the season. After winning his consolation semifinal, he then beat West Wendover’s Matthew Erbeck to claim third.

Landos path was similar. However, a loss to Luke Finicum from White Pine placed him fourth after their third-place bout.

Lermie would lose in his first match of the tournament against a tough 6-0 overall Hagen Boyce from Lincoln County. However, he would rally for the rest of the meet and end up betting Luke Melendrez from Tonopah by fall. He contributed 17 team points in the meet.

Laughlin placed seventh in the tournament with 58 points. Tonopah was first with 161, Lincoln County second with 124, and White Pine placed third with 113.

There were a total of 12 teams competing.

On Feb. 8, the guys will hit the mats one last time for the 2018-19 season at the Winnemucca Events Center.

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