By Jeremy McDonald
BEND, Ore.– The consolation bracket can be merciful. Only one can automatically come out of the backdoor side of the bracket.
McKay’s Andy Nguyen and Anthony Alvarez had won ‘blood’-round matches to reach the consolation semifinals before falling, dashing the two Seniors hopes of making a State berth before hanging up their singlets.
Both Scotsmen would answer the bell, finish fifth in the twilight of their high school careers, ending it on wins for the two sparing buddies.
“I don’t see it as a frustrating moment, I see it as a learning experience,” said Nguyen, who finished fifth at 195. “Everything you do…you learn something from it. So I got to keep learning and even though I’m done, I got to keep learning. It feels amazing. Alvarez and I have been wrestling since freshman year and to see it end the way it turned out, it’s fun to see how far we’ve grown.”
“That’s my partner right there,” adds Alvarez, who finished fifth at 220 pounds, of Nguyen. “It was fantastic. Learn new moves every day, learn new people’s names and all that. It’s a great way to end my season.”
Heartbreak was there for Connor Everetts (113), Jesse Rubio (152) and Erick Ambrosio (160), having reached the Championship Semifinals before having to back their way to the third-fourth matches.
Ambrosio lost a heartbreaker 8-7 to Mountain View’s Elijah McCourtney, finishing fourth.
Rubio joined brother Andy and David in qualifying for State 6-4 over Bend’s Grang Harpole. His second trip to the State Tournament.
“It gave me a feel for the environment and how State is with all the competitors. So, I feel really ready. All the improvements I’ve made this whole year has been for State,” said Rubio.
Everetts on the other hand, had to go to overtime to defeat Sprague’s Bo Davis 5-3. It was a match in which the Olympians Davis had knot up the match late in the third at 3 before the McKay sophomore was awarded the sudden death victory in the first overtime period.
“I got nervous and I was confident in my abilities,” said Everetts. “He’s first seed and I’m second seed and I just wanted it more than him. I’ve been working hard this season at McKay.”
Ismael Flores (106) finished third, qualifying for State. Enrique Montoya (132) finished sixth. Israel Rivas and Omar Sanchez went five-six at 182 pounds.
McKay finished fifth in the team points with 160 points.