STHS wrestlers fall in quest for state title |

STHS wrestlers fall in quest for state title

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

South Tahoe wrestlers Garret Gibb and David Vasquez were each turned away in their first quest for the state title in the Nevada 4A meet Friday and Saturday at Reno High School.

Vasquez, a senior heavyweight, lost his first match against Chris Boutte of Cimarron 2-1, but then won his first consolation match with a fourth-round pin of Mario Jaberaeel of Chaparral. He also picked up a win over Rich Cothrun of Elko with a pin and a 2-1 decision over Jeremiah Jones of Galena to advance to the medal round and a shot at third place.

“In the match to get into third/fourth he lost in double overtime, 1-0 by an escape (to Dominic Cammarate of Silverado),” said STHS coach Jack Lopez. “He really went for broke on that match. It could have gone either way. Neither one could hold the other down. In ability, they were almost identical.”

Vasquez was then defeated in his quest for fifth place by Franklin Cruz of Centennial with a pin at 42 seconds in the second round. Vasquez finished in sixth place.

“For fifth/sixth, he didn’t have a whole lot left,” Lopez said. “It was 3-3 in the second round. It was a tight score when it happened. He just ran out of steam.

“Heavyweight was a tough weight class, maybe one of the strongest,” he added.

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Gibb, a freshman in the 103-pound weight class, lost his first match with a pin at 25 seconds in the third round by Cody Champoux of Centennial High School, the eventual runner-up in the division.

“Garret is a freshman and he ran into quite a few older kids,” Lopez said. “That kid (Champoux) was pretty darn good.”

Gibb then went on to beat Bryan Kaplan of Douglas with a 9-6 decision before losing to Jared Gerleman of Foothill.

“He wrestled tough,” Lopez said. “He was there (at state meet) and he got to take a look at things, so I think he will do better next year.”

Gibb placed fourth at regionals Feb. 7-8 in Sparks to earn a spot at the state meet, while Vasquez finished third.

The heavyweight division at the state meet was won by Kelly Anundson of Sparks and the 103-pound division was taken by Randel Aleman of Cimarron. Cimarron also won the team division with an overall score of 204.5. South Tahoe finished 26th out of 32 teams with 11 points but with only two wrestlers in the meet.