Vikings win wrestling opener
December 4, 2003
By Steve Yingling
Tribune sports editor
Lee Williams, Oscar Moreno and J.P. Foster won by fall to lead the South Tahoe High Vikings to a season-opening wrestling victory at Truckee on Thursday.
Williams followed a Mikey Crouse decision to pin Coll Hodges at 2 minutes, 30 seconds of their 112-pound match. Rusty Faulkner made it three Viking wins in succession with a forfeit victory at 119, giving the visitors an early 15-0 lead.
Truckee, however, rallied to within 30-25 going into the final three matches. But STHS drew on the experience and strength of its upper-weight wrestlers to nail down the nonleague victory.
Moreno (189) and Foster (heavyweight) pinned Steve Whitten and Myles Pearson, respectively, to clinch the victory.
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Other Vikings to win their openers were Crouse, a 5-2 decision of Clayton Acuff; and Jake Fonken, Andrew Contreras and Andrew Boyd, forfeit beneficiaries.
Vikings’ coach Jack Lopez was pleased with the first effort, especially the debut of a talented freshman class.
“These freshman coming out of Dave Borges’ freestyle group, it’s nice to have experience in every weight class,” Lopez said. “These six or seven freshmen are dynamite kids. They are going to lose to the older kids, but we don’t have a novice in any weight class. It makes for exciting wrestling.”
South Tahoe (1-0) will wrestle Yerington, Lovelock, Lowry and Dayton among five dual matches on Saturday in Yerington. The Vikings’ first dual is at 9 a.m. and their last at 3 p.m.