Robert Perea, The Fernley Reporter
Led by three individual champions, the Fernley High School wrestling team won the Chester Invitational last Saturday.
Setriano Piroddi won the championship of the 220-pound weight class, Carter Chapin was the 160-pound and Corbin Henderson took the title at 106 pounds.
In addition, Jared Caulk placed second at 126, Lonnie Slapinski finished second at 285 and Gabe Richards came in second at 195.
Other placers were Thomas Chapin, Jackson Chapin, Shawn Gleason, and Morgan Zolyniak.
“It was a great first tournament,” coach Scott Gillespie said. “Our older, more experienced wrestlers performed as expected and our young freshman performed above and beyond expectations.”
Gillespie said the team’s freshmen were impressive.
“Corbin Henderson, Morgan Zolyniak, Jackson Chapin, Michael Garcia, Angel Guzman, Mason Sloan, and Kyle Jones all did an awesome job,” Gillespie said. “They are a tough freshman crew.”
Gillespie said the perfomances by Piroddi and Chapin were the most impressive last weekend.
“Carter works harder than anyone I know to the be the absolute best,” Gillespie said. “All of his hard work is paying off. I am excited to see how the rest of his season goes.”
The Vaqueros are competing this weekend in the Cody Louk Invitational in Winnemucca.
“We are going to focus, just like we always have, on getting better every week,” Gillespie said. “Every second of practice is an opportunity to make gains. We need to do whatever it takes to take advantage of that.”