Cason takes unbeaten record into Douglas tournament |

Cason takes unbeaten record into Douglas tournament

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Some of the best wrestlers from the Northern 4A League will participate in the Carson Valley Lions’ Club Invitational on Saturday at Douglas High School in Minden.

South Tahoe High coach Ken Robbins wants his wrestlers to find out where they stand in the area as they step up to compete in the one-day event.

“It will be our first look at the big Northern 4A heavy hitters to see where everybody is at. We haven’t seen Carson, Douglas or Fallon yet,” Robbins said. “Some of the brackets will be toughest that we’ve seen to this point.”

The Vikings will bring one of the region’s top wrestlers to Douglas – 119-pound sophomore Cameron Cason. Cason is unbeaten through 10 matches and is fresh off a 125-pound championship at the Lowry Invitational on Dec. 19.

“Cameron had an outstanding tournament, and he was our first tournament champion that we’ve had out there,” Robbins said.

Cason only gave up two escape points in four matches. Included in his dominant performances was a 19-1 third-period technical fall of a reigning Oregon 125-pound champion.

Also earning a medal for the Vikings in Winnemucca was heavyweight Roger Ripoli. Ripoli came through the losers’ bracket to finish fourth and earn the first tournament medal of his career. He won four of six matches to raise his season record to 10-2.

Junior Cody Shindelbower finished just out of the medals with a 3-2 record at 112 pounds. Christian Fausto and Kalen Ippolito earned two victories at 189 and 103, respectively. Tyler Nesbitt, Connor Cason and Ian Fonken each picked up a win.

Twenty schools are expected to compete, and action begins at 9 a.m. Finals are tentatively set to begin between 4-5 p.m.

“It will be a great tournament to see where we are at and what we need to get accomplished before get to the regional tournament in a month,” Robbins said.

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