Cason receives tournament’s top honor at Incline
The accolades continue to accumulate for South Tahoe High junior wrestler Cameron Cason.
The 119-pounder received the Incline Invitational’s most outstanding wrestler award on Saturday in Incline Village. Cason won all four of his matches, including an overtime thriller over Douglas’ Wes Peterson, to claim his third tournament championship of the season.
“It’s the first time since I’ve been here that one of our kids has been the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler,” said STHS coach Ken Robbins. “It’s selected by the other coaches. It’s done by people who know the sport pretty well, so that’s a pretty big honor.”
After receiving a first-round bye, Cason recorded a pin in the quarterfinals, then outfought North Valley’s Allen Vazquez, the No. 2 seed in the High Desert League, for an 8-5 decision in the semifinal round. The win set up a grudge match with Peterson, who has handed Cason one of his two losses on the season.
Cason trailed 2-1 after one period, then rallied for a 3-3 tie after two periods. In the third period, Cason gave up a quick escape point, then battled back for a 5-5 tie. Cason scored a takedown 30 seconds into the overtime to beat Peterson for second time in three matches.
“Wes had a good game plan for Cameron, and Cameron changed the way he was wrestling,” Robbins said. “It was nice to have the best chair to watch the match.”
Cason (26-2) can earn the Sierra League’s top seed for the regional tournament by beating Carson’s Ricky Ugarte on Wednesday night.
“Ugarte is almost a carbon copy of Cameron,” Robbins said. “It will be quite a different challenge for the both of them.”
Cody Shindelbower and Roger Ripoli delivered second-place results for the Vikings, who finished sixth out of 16 teams.
Shindelbower won two matches at 112 pounds before losing to Incline’s Cody Feliciano in the finals. Ripoli also won two of his three heavyweight matches to take second place.
South Tahoe sophomore Tyler Nesbitt earned third place, winning three of four matches at 145 pounds.
The Vikings’ Brian Hogan (152) and Christian Fausto (160) each scored a victory during the tournament.
“It’s under two weeks to the start of regionals, so there is seriousness in the air and everyone is focused on what they need to do,” Robbins said.
The fourth-ranked Damonte Ranch Mustangs made it tough on the Vikings in a Sierra Division dual last Wednesday in Reno.
Damonte won all but four matches in a 60-24 verdict.
South Tahoe gave up four forfeits, while Cason was the only Viking to earn a forfeit win. The Vikings scored their remaining points on three falls: Shindelbower in 3:43, Fausto in 1:53 and Ripoli in :56.
South Tahoe will conclude its division dual season at third-ranked Carson on Wednesday. The Senators have already clinched the league’s dual championship.
“What a great way to prepare for regionals than to have the toughest team on the schedule right before regionals,” Robbins said.
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