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Meadows’ brothers win wrestling championship

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Pat Kenny's fourth 2A Southern League wrestling championship ended up being the sweetest yet.

That is because The Meadows senior was able to win it along with his younger brother Mike Kenny, a freshman at the school.

Pat Kenny defeated host Laughlin's Jimmy Stout to capture the 189-pound weight class, while Mike Kenny beat Laughlin's Richard Camargo to win at 135 pounds. The brothers will compete in the 2A state tournament Friday and Saturday in Winnemucca.

"It was extremely special that my brother is on the team with me this time," Pat Kenny said. "Now we're both going to state as first seeds together. I tell everyone when they're watching us that I get way more nervous for his matches than mine. He's a little animal though. He's got a good shot at state."

Mike Kenny said watching his brother wrestle at The Meadows the last four years has been inspiration to pursue his own wrestling career.

"He has been the reason I've pushed myself so hard," Mike Kenny said. "He's always been encouraging me to train harder, so it's an awesome feeling to win with him. He's definitely had one of the biggest impacts on my life in general."

Paul Wood, The Meadows wrestling coach, said it was nice to see the brothers win a league championship.

"Pat has been our whole team for most of the last four years and is a great leader," Wood said. "His brother is a very, very talented wrestler, too."

The Meadows finished fourth as a team at the league tournament with 144 points. Laughlin won with 188 points. Josh Raimist (171 pounds) is the only other Meadows wrestler to win his weight class.

The Meadows had six wrestlers qualify for the state tournament, including Archie Rufty, who took third at 160 pounds, Austin Dunn, third at 152 pounds, and Tristin Beesom, fourth at 215 pounds.

Faith Lutheran crowns two wrestlers with league titles

Two Faith Lutheran wrestlers, Pierce Holtfreter (103) and Eric Robinson (140), won individual 3A Southern League championships in Boulder City Feb. 7.

Holtfreter defeated his own teammate, Andrew Zacarias, to win the title. Holtfreter, a freshman, pushed his record on the season to 39-10 with 30 pins.

"It was a nice reward after I put in all the time training," Holtfreter said of winning a league title. "To do it as a freshman is pretty nice. Now I'm looking forward to state."

The top three individual finishers in each weight class qualify for the state tournament, which is Feb. 13 to 14 in Winnemucca. Besides Zacarias, who took second in the tournament, Faith Lutheran state qualifiers include Mike Amidon, who took third at 125 pounds, and Damon Kecman, third at 160 pounds.

Faith Lutheran coach Joshua Schumacher said he liked Holtfreter and Robinson's chances to bring home a state championship.

"I'm pretty confident with Pierce and Eric going as No. 1 seeds that they have a great shot to get to the finals," Schumacher said.

The Crusaders finished last of the four teams that competed with 64.5 points at the league tournament. Boulder City won the tournament with 222 points, followed by Virgin Valley (159) and Moapa Valley (140).

Morgan gets offers for college basketball

Palo Verde junior basketball player Moses Morgan has continued to draw interest from major universities and currently has official offers from three schools: UNLV, Texas Tech and Michigan.

Morgan, a forward, has also been consistently communicating with coaches from USC, Cal, Connecticut, Texas, West Virginia and Indiana. He has unofficially visited Michigan.

The 6-foot-6 inch Morgan leads the Panthers with 18 points per game this season.

Christopher Drexel can be reached at 990-8929 or [email protected].

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