The Incline Middle School wrestling team kicked off the season this past weekend at Yerington, and brought home some serious hardware.
The Mountain Lions have been practicing officially for just two weeks and brought 17 grapplers to the tourney.
"These guys take this seriously," said head coach Jordan Cronin. "It may be just another sport to some, but when you step out onto the mat it is just you and your opponent. I must say all the guys stepped up, pushed past the jitters, and did work. I couldn't be happier as a coach, but that doesn't mean we don't have more work to do."
Sixth-graderJoe Wilderman, a first-year wrestler, and eighth-grade veteran Edgar Ponce both brought home silver medals in their respected weight classes. Four more first-year wrestlers, Christian Miller, Keenan Collier, Chris Alonso and Tyler Eimgh, also earned their first medals of the season.
"Just like I bet everyone was feeling, Keenan was nervous as can be before his first match, but once he stepped on the mat he exploded and didn't hold back," said coach Linda Cronin.
Miller and Collier each placed third at Yerington, while teammates Alonso and Eimgh brought home fourth-place medals
Chase Buergin, a team captain and veteran, turned multiple heads as he dominated most of his matches with ease and skill to earn himself a third-place medal. Another veteran and seventh-grader, Esten Flores, showed how his hard work is paying off by placing fourth at the tournament.
"Esten wants to succeed, and be the best. For those reasons alone he has a great chance in doing so. Can't wait to see how he progresses throughout the season," Jordan Cronin said.