Big weekend for South Tahoe wrestlers
There is no such thing as a snow day for the South Tahoe High wrestling squad.
With school being canceled on Monday, the Vikings’ grapplers were each required to shovel their family driveways for conditioning.
The Vikings showed off their early season conditioning on Saturday at the Yerington duals. Juniors Cameron Cason, Cody Shindelbower and Roger Ripoli and sophomore Brian Hogan went unbeaten in the team’s four duals. The Vikings won three of their four team duals as well.
Cason was “machine-like and scary ” while wrestling opponents at 125-135 pounds, according to STHS coach Ken Robbins. He pinned his first foe at 1 minute, 59 seconds of the first period after compiling a 20-5 lead, then won by fall in 20 seconds and 1:07 in his next two matches. Cason, who also collected a forfeit win, only surrendered escape points in his three matches.
“He is wrestling outstanding right now, and we really want to get him competition quickly to see where he stands,” Robbins said.
Shindelbower was nearly as dominant as his teammate. Last year’s 103-pounder wrestled above his weight the entire day and won all three of his matches. The 106-pounder recorded a 49-second pin at 112 pounds, then executed a technical fall and a pin in 5:30 in his two matches at 119 pounds.
“He was in complete control in his matches. I’m happy with the way he wrestled, and I’m sure he is, too,” Robbins said.
Hogan, competing at 160, pulled off an overtime pin en route to a 4-0 tournament record. A 37-second fall and a 10-7 decision highlighted Ripoli’s 4-0 weekend.
Sophomore Tyler Nesbitt, a winner of two regional matches a year ago, went 3-1 at 152 pounds.
Robbins was pleased with the results of his newcomers: Ryan McGraw bounced back from a first-match defeat to win by fall in :43 and 1:31. McGraw’s lone defeat was to teammate Conner Cason, a freshman.
Jose Silva (3-1) also lost just once at 215 pounds, notching a pin with 20 seconds left in the third period; and Rafael Gutierrez earned a decision at 171.
Conner Cason finished 3-1, including two wins by fall, at 189.
“It was a great day for a freshman,” Robbins said.
Christian Fausto (171) and Gabe Strong (160) each posted 2-2 records.
In the team duals, South Tahoe defeated Silver Stage 36-24, Yerington 47-24 and Fallon 42-24. The Vikings’ only loss was a 48-27 decision to Lowry.
“I couldn’t have asked for much better. We were giving up six spots, so it wasn’t like we were expecting to win very many duals,” Robbins said. “It’s awfully nice to get the season started off well.”
South Tahoe (3-1) will open its Sierra Division dual schedule against Wooster on Wednesday in South Lake Tahoe.
“Any time you step into the 4A arena, it’s an experience for all of the new guys, and the returning guys are looking forward to it,” Robbins said.
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