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Home sweet home for Vikings

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor
Steve Yingling / Tahoe Daily TribuneSouth Tahoe High wrestler Lucas Espinoza locks up Sparks' Charles Peek during an exhibition match on Wednesday night at South Tahoe High. Espinoza won by pin in the third period.

They heard cheers instead of boos on Wednesday night.

That was one of the many perks for South Tahoe High wrestlers of having a home wrestling match.

In their only home event of the season, South Tahoe outpointed Sparks 66-36 in a match between Nevada 3A schools.

Ten of the 14 weight classes were forfeited, but spectators were treated to a number of exhibition matches.

South Tahoe performed well in the actual matches, winning three of the four by fall.

Conner Hearn of the Vikings pinned Kolby Sanders at 3 minutes, 59 seconds in their 140-pound match.

Junior Brian Hogan and Tyler Nesbitt also recorded pins. Hogan built an 8-2 lead against Angel Smith in their 160-pound bout, then pinned him at the 2:10 mark.

Nesbitt used a series of mat-crashing takedowns before pinning Charles Peek at 1:14 of their 171-pound match.

Vance Bow prevented a South Tahoe sweep of the actual matches as he pinned senior Roger Ripoli with 15 seconds left in their 289-pound match.

Highlighting the exhibition matches werer a second-period pin by Gabe Strong, a decisive 20-5 decision by Cameron Cason, a fall by senior Cody Shindelbower and a pin by Lucas Espinoza at 4:53

South Tahoe will take this weekend off to help with a junior tournament on Sunday at South Tahoe High.

Read more about South Tahoe’s win in Friday’s print edition of the Tribune.

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