Nesbitt captures second straight tourney title |

Nesbitt captures second straight tourney title

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

South Tahoe High’s wrestling team’s success this season has come outside of Sierra League competition.

While winless in league matches, the Vikings added another tournament title on Saturday in the 33rd annual Lawrence Miller Memorial at Alhambra High in Martinez, Calif.

Tyler Nesibitt, a sophomore, won his second straight tournament championship at 145 pounds, pinning all three of his opponents.

“He has been working super hard since Christmas,” said South Tahoe coach Ken Robbins. “He went out and wrestled crazy all day Saturday. In the finals he wrestled a kid much better than him, all things considered.”

Nesbitt was in control of the final throughout, leading 12-0 before recording a third-period fall.

South Tahoe has also produced tournament champions at Lowry and Sparks.

Cameron Cason (119) nearly won his third tournament title but was decisioned by Douglas’ Wesley Peterson 8-4 in the finals.

“I don’t know why we can’t beat those kids from Douglas,” said Robbins, whose team gets another shot at the Tigers on Wednesday night when Douglas visits for a Sierra Division dual. “He wasn’t happy with second place, but second place in that tournament is not bad at all.”

Cody Shindelbower (112) went 3-2 to finish fourth, Brian Hogan (152) compiled a 2-2 record and was one win from earning a medal, heavyweight Roger Ripoli also went 2-2 and was a win shy of a medal and Christian Fausto (160) posted a 1-2 record.

“It’s one of the tougher tournaments,” Robbins said. “I’ve found that sometimes that when we go out to these tournaments the singlets are different and they concentrate on themselves and just wrestle.”

Weather permitting, STHS’s final home match begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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