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High school wrestling: State titles on the line in today's finals

12:00 AM, Feb. 09, 2013 EST

Thousands gathered to watch all of the state's high school wrestling divisions on display during the state tournaments Friday, and the action will culminate today at the Reno Livestock Events Center.

"This atmosphere is great because we have all four divisions wrestling at the same time, whereas the last few years we've had to do it in shifts," Lowry head coach John Brooks said. "So I like that, and it's a good deal for this building."

The Buckaroos topped Division I-A by 18.5 points at the end of the first day, scoring more than any team in any division with a total of 44.5 points. Lowry senior 170-pounder Michael Billingsley is on track to win his fourth straight state title.

Billingsley beat Desert Pines senior Seth Monahan by pin in the quarterfinals.

"We had a good first round, but tomorrow tells the story," Brooks said. "Can't say much yet, because that semifinal round will be tough."

Division I's Green Valley will also look to hold onto its lead heading into the semifinals. The Gators have a six-point lead on Cimarron-Memorial and an eight-point advantage on Spanish Springs.

The Cougars won four of their eight quarterfinals matches, including a signature win by senior Tyler Beaulac, who defeated Green Valley junior Brandon Chu by pin.

The Division III/IV competition boasts the closest race for first place heading into the final day. Yerington, with 42 points, leads Battle Mountain by a single point.

"I think we're real close with Battle Mountain going into tomorrow, which just makes it that much more exciting," Yerington coach Cody Neville said. "It's nice to have a battle."




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