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Singelyn, South Tahoe wrestling showing strong character

South Tahoe's Nate Singleyn finally stood atop the podium last weekend after coming up just short in his previous four wrestling tournaments.

Singleyn took first place Saturday, Jan. 5, in the 145-pound division of the Sparks Invitational while 132-pound teammate Gavin Breen reached the championship match but settled for second place.

Singleyn improved to 28-6 on the season. Over the previous four events, Singleyn has collected a second place at the Tokay Invitational in Lodi, a third place at the Savedra Memorial Tournament in Wheatland, a third place at the Douglas Lions Club Invitational and sixth place at the Pat Lovell Holiday Classic in Santa Cruz.

Singleyn won 10-0 in the Sparks final over a familiar foe in Fernley's Jared Caulk.

It was another step toward Singelyn's ultimate goal of state title contention.

"Nate has always been energetic but now that drive is been directed toward a relentless pursuit of perfection," said Vikings coach Ryan Wallace. "The entire team has been buoyed by his daily liveliness, and we owe a lot of our smiles this year to him."

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Those smiles have also lead to non-wrestling related accolades for the Vikings.

The team was awarded the Pat Lovell Character Award. The award is typically given to an individual but the event staff chose to break tradition and present the award to the entire team.

"Coach talks to us a lot about being good, like saying thank you, smiling and cleaning up all the trash we see," Singelyn said.

Breen is assisting Singelyn in that effort to be "good" while also excelling on the mat.

"Gavin is everybody's favorite teammate, and he is inches away from consistently being the guy to beat at 132s," Wallace said. "League duals are right around the corner so it is nice to see him build momentum at exactly the right time."

Next up for the Vikings is a trip to Armijo High School in Fairfield.