Virgin Valley High wrestlers Rudy Cannon and Vincente Pinto won individual state titles at the NIAA 3A state wrestling championships Saturday at the Winnemucca Events Center in Winnemucca.
The two state titles helped Virgin Valley to a second-place finish in the team standings behind runaway winner Spring Creek.
Cannon captured the 113-pound championship with an 8-3 decision over Zethery Kinternecht of Elko in the title match. Cannon, a senior, pinned Aiden Painter of Spring Creek in just 54 seconds in their semifinal match.
Pinto won the 120-pound title with a 3-2 decision over Kodis Campbell of Spring Creek in the championship match. The senior pinned Trey Walters of North Valleys at 5:58 in the semifinals.
Virgin Valley had two other wrestlers place in the state meet. Ethan Woods placed second at 106 while Gage Woods was fourth at 132.
Ethan Woods was pinned by Chase Milligan of Spring Creek at 1:16 in the title match after the sophomore pinned Michael Garcia of Chaparral at 3:20 in the semifinals. Gage Woods was pinned by Bear Browne of Spring Creek at 2:56 in the third-place match after losing to Mackenzie Sullivan of Western in the semifinals by fall at 4:28.
Spring Creek captured the state title piling up 236 points to easily outdistance to Bulldogs, who had 83 points. Boulder City finished in third place with 77 points. The Spartans had four first-place winners, four runner-ups, four third-place finishers and a fourth-place finish to dominate the meet.
Virgin Valley did bring home a first-place trophy, however, as the Bulldog wrestlers were crowned 3A academic state champions.