The Vandals took part in the 25-team Lovelock Mustangs Invitational tournament at Pershing County High School in Lovelock Dec. 14-15. And the young Eureka team did well, earning 27 points for 16th place in the field filled with several 3A and 4A schools. James Filippini and Preston Hubbard took fourth place in their weight classes.
Garrett Todd did not make the trip as he is recovering from a broken nose and will have to undergo this week. Coach Jeremy Auch expects him to be able to return to action sometime in January.
Sage Borda (113) was 1-3 in the tourney, but did win her first match of the season as she stepped up from the 106-pound weight.
Chris Drayton (152) lost both his matches.
Borda lost her first match to Chayton Johnson of Reed by fall in the first period. But she came back in the first round of the consolation bracket with a pin of Sapphire M. of Fernley. However, she lost the next match by pin to Adrian Ruscetta of North Valley’s.
Drayton lost by pin to Max Kiker of Bishop Manogue and then by sudden victory [overtime] to Sean Gottschalk of Pershing County.
Filippini won his first two matches. First, a 10-5 decision over Ivan Contreras of Lowry Blue and by pin over Jaden Blanchard of Douglas.
But he lost the championship semifinal match to Russell Nickerson of Quincy, Calif, by fall.
Moving to the consolation rounds, he faced Contreras again and won by pin this time at 2:01. In the match for third place however, Filippini had to forfeit to Blanchard of Douglas.
Of that match, Auch said Blanchard had already had gone his limit of five matches in a given day, so it was decided by a coin-flip “so to speak, to decide the placing and James came out on the short end.”
Preston Hubbard had a bye his first match and lost the next match by fall to Caleb Lewis of Douglas.
In the consolation bracket, Hubbard won three straight matches by fall over Ky Castillo of Galena and Carter Waite of Spanish Springs.
However, he lost the third place match by fall to Eric Hickson of Carson.
This week, Dec. 20, Eureka participated in the Ely Lions tournament at White Pine High School. Then they will be off until Jan. 4-5 and a tournament in Sparks.