South Tahoe Wrestling Club wins three state medals
March 5, 2003
Ten wrestlers from the South Tahoe wrestling club took on all Nevada had to offer, as well as some other states.
The Nevada State tournament became tougher than usual as top wrestlers from California, Idaho, Oregon, Colorado and Utah wrestlers were also invited to participate recently in Winnemucca. The result was a few less medals for this year’s Tahoe team.
The three state medals that were won were the result of hard-fought matches.
The best effort of the day came from 100-pound Zack Vereschagin, who took second in state. Vereschagin has been undefeated in all his matches against Nevada wrestlers this year. He won state tournament matches against wrestlers from Nevada, Idaho and California before losing on points in the final round to the top 100-pounder from Oregon.
Vereschagin battled back from an injury early in the match and was turning his opponent onto his back just as time ran out. He also missed being awarded the fastest-pin-of-the-day trophy by only 1 second.
Miles Wallace, 13, earned third in state in a very tough weight class. The 1999 state champ wrestled in the 160-pound plus group, wrestling opponents potentially weighing up to 30 pounds more. Each of the other wrestlers in his bracket were either current or former state champions.
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South Tahoe first-year wrestler Randy Hutton took third in state. Hutton was in a round-robin bracket that had him going against every wrestler in the 65-pound class.
The club is expecting more of the same from Hutton next year. Hutton’s 4-year old brother, Tyler, will eagerly join him on the team next year.
The club coaches were complimentary of the toughness and improved effort shown by the following wrestlers: midget division, Jordan Johnston, Rafael Gutierrez, Mathew Villescas and Justin Dalton; novice division, 2002 third-place finisher Chris Little and Desi Johnston; and schoolboy division, Morgan Villescas.
The South Tahoe Wrestling club is beginning the Greco-Roman and freestyle season. The club will host a tournament of 300 wrestlers Sunday at South Tahoe High School.
The club practices at the South Tahoe Middle School on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights from 6 to 7:30.
For more information call, Tami Wallace at (530) 544-1264 or Dr. David Borges at (530) 544-5800.
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