Seth Nevills’ bid for four Doc Buchanan Invitational wrestling championships came up just short Saturday night.
But, boy, was it a spectacular conclusion.
The Clovis High senior lost 3-2 to Cohlton Schultz of Ponderosa-Parker, Colo. in the 285-pound final of one of the nation’s most prestigious in-season tournaments.
Nevills, who has committed to Penn State, is a three-time state champion and a three-time Doc champion – one at 220 and two at 285. He was seeded second this year behind Schultz, a two-time Doc champion at 220 who moved up.
In September, Schultz became the first American to win a Cadet world title in Greco-Roman wrestling since 1997, according to Flo Wrestling.
Flo Wrestling’s nationally No. 2-ranked Bergen Catholic-N.J., had three individual champions and three runners-up en route to winning the team title over defending California state champion Buchanan and Selma.
Four Central Section wrestlers won cowboy hats, the unique trophy that goes to a “Doc” champion. Buchanan had two winners, Trevor Ervin at 220 and Anthony Montalvo at 182. Clovis’ Giano Petrucelli (113) and Selma’s Richard Figueroa (106) also won titles.
Seven of the 14 weight-class winners were from out of state.
Doc Buchanan Invitational
Individual finals in order of appearance
National rankings by Flo Wrestling
132 pounds: No. 7 Theorius Robison, Pomona-Parker, Colo., d. Carmen Ferrante, Bergen Catholic-N.J., , 3-2 ultimate tiebreaker
220: Trevor Ervin, Buchanan, d. Joey Daniel Santa Ana, 3-1 sudden victory
152: Gerard Angelo, Bergen Catholic, N.J., d. Trey Munoz, Trabuco Hills-Mission Viejo, 15-9
138: No. 4 Jaden Abas, Rancho Bernardo-San Diego, d. Sonny Santiago St. John Bosco-Bellflower, 3-1
195: No. 9 Colbey Harlan, Oakdale, d. Ryan Reyes, Clovis West), 3-1 sudden victory
160: No. 3 Shane Griffith, Bergen Catholic-N.J., d. Drake Engelking, Longmont-Colo., 15-4 major decision
152: Andrew Alirez, Greeley Central-Colo., d. Tony Mendoza, Selma, 7-2
170: Cole Moody, Bingham-Utah, d. Christian Rodriguez, Selma, 6-4
113: Giano Petrucelli, Clovis, d. Tristan Lujan, Selma, 2-1 tiebreaker 2
120: No. 7 Robert Howard, Bergen Catholic-N.J., d. No. 10 Nicolas Aguilar, Gilroy, 7-6 ultimate tiebreaker
106: No. 5 Richard Figueroa, Selma, d. No. 3 Nick Kayal, Bergen Catholic-N.J., 5-0
126: Cleveland Belton, St. John Bosco-Bellflower, p. Ethan Leake, Buchanan, 0:23
182: No. 8 Anthony Montalvo, Buchanan, d. No. 10 Jacob Cardenas, Bergen Catholic-N.J., 7-3
285: No. 2 Cohlton Schultz, Ponderosa-Parker, Colo., d. No. 3 Seth Nevills, Clovis, 3-2
1, Bergen Catholic-N.J., 253.5; 2, Buchanan, 199.5; 3, Selma 148; 4, Gilroy, 132.5; 5, Clovis, 113; 6, Clovis North, 88; 7, Ponderosa-Parker, Colo., 87.5; 8, St. John Bosco-Bellflower, 82.5; 9 (tie), Oakdale and Pomona-Arvada, Colo., 80.5.