Some familiar colors are leading the way again in Nevada high school wrestling.
Defending state champions Green Valley (Division I), Lowry (Division I-A), and Battle Mountain (Division III/IV) raced to first-day leads Friday at the all-division NIAA state championship tournaments in Winnemucca.
The events concludes today with semifinals and championships for all weight classes in all three divisions.
In Division I, Green Valley’s 36 points were two ahead of Foothill’s total after the first day. The top five teams in the first-day standings were all from Division I South. Fifth-place Carson (23 points) and ninth-place Reno (16) were the top Northern schools.
Lowry has 33 points to lead Division I-A, six in front of Pahrump Valley. The Buckaroos are going for their seventh straight state championship.
Battle Mountain (46 points) and Yerington (31) are the Division III leaders. Between them, the Longhorns and Lions have won 28 state team titles.
Individually, Lowry’s Beau Billingsley (182 pounds) and Yerington’s Reese Neville (160 pounds) advanced into their respective smeifinal matches. Both wrestlers are sekeing their third straight individual state titles.
Today’s action at the Winnemucca Events Center begins at 9 a.m. Championship finals in all classes are scheduled for 2 p.m.
PERSHING COUNTY 83, SILVER STAGE 59 at Lovelock: Marquis Green scored 19 points to help the Lions secure the No. 4 seed in the Division III North tournament. Ethan Rhodes and Will Cattrell each scored 18 points as the Lions rounded out their regular season 7-7. Marquise McKinney also reach double digits with 12 points.
For the Nighthawks, Daniel Nichols scored a game-high 24 points, while Brampton Sluys scored 18 points and Roy Clower added 11.
GALENA 76, DAMONTE RANCH 56 at Galena: The Grizzlies jumped out to an early lead, then remained in control to claim a share of the Sierra League title.
Both Galena (21-6) overall and Carson finished 13-3 in Division I North games.
Zack Lessinger scored 22 points to lead Galena. The Grizzlies also got 15 points from Josiah Wood.
Damonte Ranch’s Nyaabila Apambire scored 11 points for the Mustangs.
RENO 55, MCQUEEN 54 at Reno: Karn Goraya hit the game-winning field goal for the Huskies with seven seconds left on the clock as Reno finished out the regular season 9-7 in Division I.
Mike Haydon scored 17 points to lead the Huskies and Jouvon Edison added 10 points.
The Huskies are the No. 3 seed heading into the Division I North tournament next week.
For the Lancers, Tryel Minor scored a game-high 25 points and Garrett Ill added 12.
Reno faces Galena on Tuesday in the opening round of the Division I North tournament.
MINERAL COUNTY 56, SMITH VALLEY 45 at Mineral County: Taylen Locksmith scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Serpents.
Isaiah Crowl added 10 points as Mineral County improved to 11-5.
Noah Gradillas led the Bulldogs with 13 points.
WHITTELL 57, VIRGINIA CITY 43 at Whittell: Palmer Chaplin sank four 3-pointers en route to scoring 30 points to help the Warriors clinch the No. 1 seed in the Division IV North tournament.
Colin Buccholz added 16 points as Whittell improved to 14-1 in league play.
For the Muckers, Clint Hess scored 17 points and Sam McCain added 14.
Virginia City secured the No. 2 seed in the Division IV North tournament.
FALLON 50, SPARKS 43 at Sparks: Jeff Evett scored 28 points to lead the Greenwave.
For the Railroaders, Vhernon Trinidad scored 13 points.
BISHOP MANOGUE 72, WOOSTER 25 at Wooster: Sisters Breezi (17) and Malia Holt (10) combined for 27 points to lead the Miners.
Katie Turner also scored 10 points for Manogue, which improved to 20-5 overall.
Tara Garcia’s 12 points led Wooster.
REED 54, SPANISH SPRINGS 46 at Spanish Springs: The Raiders broke open a close game with a 12-5 advantage in the third quarter.
Nakiyah LeSure scored 15 points to lead Reed, which also got 13 from Serene Townsell.
For Spanish Springs, Katrina Prendergast (nine) and Tabbatha Reyes (eight) led a balanced scoring attack.
RENO 63 MCQUEEN 31 at Reno: Mallory McGwire recorded a triple-double with 20 points, 16 rebounds and 11 blocks as the Huskies cruised.
Daranda Hinkey added 15 points and Mikayla Shults added 13 as Reno went unbeaten in league play at 16-0. Reno will host Carson on Wednesday.
Sadaria McAlister scored 10 points for the Lancers. They play at Manogue on Wednesday.
VIRGINIA CITY 45, WHITTELL 37 at Zephyr Cove: Ku’ulei Haupu scored 13 points and Niki D’Agostino added 12 in the Muckers’ win.
For Whittell, Daria Sharon finished with 12 points.
FALLON 62, SPARKS 26 at Sparks: Megan McCormick scored 19 points to lead the Greenwave, while Kalyn Huckaby added 10 points.
For the Railroaders, Driftwind Nau scored six points.
PERSHING COUNTY 40, SILVER STAGE 21 at Pershing County: Abby Bake scored 14 points to lead the Mustangs.
Anna Vidales and Mikayla Renfroe scored seven points apiece.
Pershing County is the No. 2 seed heading into the Division III North tournament next week.
monte Ranch 49, Galena 42 at Galena:
Meagan Carslon scored 13 points to lead four Mustangs in double figures. Kyra Brueswewitz had 12, Jazmine Hubbard add 11 and Morgan Waller had 10.
Kaitlyn Hawthorne led the Grizzlies with 19 points.
Galena is the No. 3 seed and will play at Reed on Wednesday