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Cason leads South Tahoe wrestlers at Douglas tourney

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

There’s nothing wrong with competition.

South Tahoe High’s wrestling team saw plenty of it at the 32nd annual Carson Valley Lions’ Club Invitational on Saturday at Douglas High School in Minden.

Competing against the powers of the Northern 4A in a tournament for the first time this season, South Tahoe was limited to eight match wins. Three of them were provided by junior Cameron Cason, who finished runner-up in the 125-pound division.

“We didn’t wrestle well, and we took some lumps,” said STHS coach Ken Robbins, who watched as only five of his wrestlers were able to win matches. “Most of the teams have been competing all through break. We’ve been competing through practice over the break, and it showed.”

Dillon Spates of Douglas handed Cason his first defeat of the season in the finals, earning a 7-2 decision. Spates gained control early in the second period with a takedown.

“Dillon was wrestling in his home gym and wrestled lights out against Cameron,” Robbins said.

Cason had planned to wrestle in the 119-pound class for the first time this season but was a half-pound overweight and was forced to remain in the higher weight division.

“I expect him to be there on Wednesday,” Robbins said. “It would have been a real tough weight class at 119s. I don’t know if he buys himself anything easier by doing that, but that’s more his size.”

Cason was required to go the distance in three of his four matches. His wins were 12-2 and 4-2 decisions and a fall at 3 minutes, 15 seconds.

STHS sophomore Tyler Nesbitt split his four matches at 145 pounds, while Cody Shindelbower (112), Ryan McGraw (189) and Rafael Gutierrez (171) each picked up a win.

Defending Northern 4A regional champion Spanish Springs captured the tournament, while Lowry finished second and Carson third.

South Tahoe wrestles at Galena at 6 p.m. Wednesday and at the Sparks tournament on Saturday.

“We did well at Sparks last year, so hopefully this week will set us back on a good course,” Robbins said.

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