2013 RTOC Wrap Up
December 27th, 2013
Poway, Nebraska Capture Team Titles in Reno
Reno, Nev. – The 19th Annual Reno Tournament of Champions saw a pair of familiar winners in Poway (CA) High School and The University of Nebraska. Poway scored 211 team points en route to their team title while the Cornhuskers notched 159 team points to capture their first team title since the inception of the tournament when it was a dual format.
The three-day tournament saw more than 3,000 matches with 2,300 of those coming from the first day. Pleasant Grove (UT) gave Poway headaches in the team race both days, but could not overcome the deficit and finished in second with 196.5 team points.
Centennial (UT) , Mountain View (AZ) and first-time RTOC competitors Crook County (OR) rounded out the top five.
At 126, 12th-seeded William Olivas (Sunnyside, AZ) battled his way to the quarterfinal round where he met Ponderosa’s Kade Snider. Olivas edged out Snider, 2-1, to advance to the semifinals where he would meet up with top-seeded Taylor LaMont from Maple Mountain, UT.
Olivas and LaMont wrestled a wild match that went into overtime. There Olivas scored all the points he needed as he advanced to the finals with a 7-4 decision. In the finals, Olivas met third-seeded Boo Lewallen of Yukon, OK.
Olivas captured his tournament title after scoring a 6-2 decision. For his efforts, Olivas was named Most Outstanding Wrestler for the high school tournament.
At 145, Crook County’s Tyler Berger captured a tournament title after defeating Poway’s Ralphy Tovar, 4-3, in the finals. In the semifinals, Berger defeated soon-to-be teammate Hayden Tuma (Centennial), 2-0. The pair of wrestlers are Nebraska signees and will look to bolster an already solid lineup.
In the college tournament, Mark Branch’s Wyoming Cowboys recorded a second-place finish with 103 points, while North Carolina tallied 97 points to finish third. Ohio and West Virginia rounded out the top five with 83 and 78.5 points, respectively.
The Tar Heels’ 141-pounder Evan Henderson was on a tear throughout the tournament. Leading up to the finals, Henderson never got out of the first period as he recorded our pins all under the three-minute mark.
In the finals, he faced teammate Joey Ward, after Ward defeated the second-seed Anthony Abidin of Nebraska, 8-3. The pair of Tar Heels scrapped just like teammates do in practice but Henderson came away with a 7-2 victory.
For his performance, Henderson was named Most Outstanding Wrestler for the college tournament.
At 184, Wyoming’s Ben Stroh become one of only a handful of freshman to ever win the college tournament after edging out Arizona State’s Blake Stauffer, 4-3. The Cowboy from Wyoming defeated North Carolina’s Alex Utley, 12-6, in the semifinals to advance.
Nebraska’s Robert Kokesh earned a tournament title after defeating Southern Oregon’s Brok Gutches, 3-1, at 174 pounds.
Tennessee-Chattanooga crowned a pair of champions in Nick Soto and Corey Mock at 133 and 165 pounds, respectfully. Both recorded major decisions in the finals. Soto defeated Javier Gasca, III, 12-3, while Mock earned his tournament title with a 9-1 victory over the Cornhuskers’ Austin Wilson.
The 20th Annual Reno Tournament of Champions will take place inside the Reno Events Center on December 19-21. The prepsters will compete the first two days while the college athletes will compete on the final day of competition.