Phoenix High's Rubio cruises to tourney title

December 29, 2013

RENO, Nev. — Phoenix wrestler Izzy Rubio completed a dominant performance with a fall in the prestigious Sierra Nevada Classic Saturday at the Reno Livestock Events Center.

The senior won five of his matches by fall and a sixth by technical fall to capture the 170-pound championship in the 86-team event.

Rubio was the only local wrestler to claim a title. Grants Pass' Casey Coulter (113 pounds) and Kjell Thorsen (160) each placed second.

Grants Pass placed 13th, followed by Phoenix (16th), Crater (19th) and North Medford (24th).

Rubio ran his record to 19-1 with a pin of Beau Billingsley of Lowry, Nev., in 2:48. It was only the third loss in 25 matches for Lowry, a two-time Nevada state champion.

Rubio began the tournament seeded third but pinned his first foe in 1:10 and added another fall in only 35 seconds.

The technical fall came in his second match, a 15-0 decision.

Coulter lost 2-0 in the finals to Carlos Alvarez of Folsom, Calif., and Thorsen was decisioned 6-4 by Andrew Berreyesa of Reno.

North Medford had two fifth-place finishers in Henry Cox at 106 and Skyler Black at 220.

Cox, a sophomore, won his final match with a pin of Dylan Greenhaus of Piedra Vista, N.M. Cox's record is 17-3.

The junior Black pinned Colin Cash of Lowell for fifth. The time was 6:09 and upped his record to 16-6.

Crater's top placer was Tom Winningham, a sophomore who placed sixth at 160. He lost to Martin Martinez, 5-3.

TEAM SCORES (top 10) — 1, Clovis West, Calif., 258; 2, Folsom, Calif., 225.5; 3, Del Oro, Calif., 176.5; 4, Oakdale, Calif., 156.5; 5, Servite, Calif., 148.5; 6, Piedra Vista, N.M., 147.5; 7, Lowry, Nev., 131.; 8, Henley, 123; 9, Reno, Nev., 120.5; 10, Carson, Nev. , 107.5.

OTHERS — 13, Grants Pass, 95.5; 16, Phoenix, 87.5; 19, Crater, 79.0; 24, North Medford, 74.5.