Chris Drayton, returning from illness for the Eureka Vandal wrestling team, placed fourth in the Walter Marrietta Vaquero Invitational in Fernley Jan. 18-19.
His position earned 20 points for the Vandals who finished with 40 points in the 27-team tourney.
“He did very well,” said coach Jeremy Auch, “and I was surprised at that since he was out for about two weeks with illness.”
Drayton (160) earned a bye in the first round, won by fall over Fabian Ramirez (Yerington) in the second round, and won a quarterfinal match over Tasker Eson (Reno).
In the semifinals however, he lost by fall in the second period to Daegan McClary (Battle Mountain).
Moving to the consolation semifinals, he pinned teammate Luke Finicum, but lost in the third place match to Vance Kinsey-Day (Tonopah).
James Filippini and Garrett Todd did not participate at the Vaquero tournament.
Ivan Pickard (126) lost his second round match to Morgan Jackson (Wells) and lost a consolation round match to Jackson Jay (Reno Blue).
Wyatt Anderson (138) had the most matches for the Vandals in the two-day tourney. Over all, he wrestled six times. Auch said, “He finally started wrestling to his capability a little bit.”
Anderson lost in the second round of the championship bracket to Kyle Jones (Fernley Black), had a bye in the consolation round 2, won in rounds 4 and 5 by fall over Luke Sorensen (Churchill County) and Victor Martinez (Reno).
But he lost the consolation semifinal match to Caden Ricci (Lowry) on an 8-2 decision, and lost the 5th place match, again to Kyle Jones (Fernley Black), this time by a technical fall.
Preston Hubbard (152) lost in the second round to Jackson Chapin (Fernley Black), then came back with three wins in the consolation bracket over Derrick McDoniel (Yerington), Ken Piccirilli-Platt (Reed) and Mathew Melendez (Tonopah). But he lost the next match to Tanner Rogers (Chester, Calif.).
Auch said, “It was good for Preston to get some more mat time.”
Looking ahead, Eureka will be in the league duals in Battle Mountain this weekend which will decided the seeding for the Northern Regionals Feb. 1-2 in Lovelock.
The state tournament will be Feb. 8-9 in Winnemucca.