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Wallace earns top-10 finish at national tournament

All Miles Wallace needed was a little time to warm up.

Once the South Tahoe High wrestler did, there were few wrestlers who were in his league at last weekend’s Reno World Championship tournament.

After a narrow loss in his opening match, Wallace won six straight matches, including a pair of pins with a judo-style back step throw to a reverse half move. The spate of victories enabled Wallace to finish among the top 10 wrestlers in the nation in the 157-pound class, which contained 92 competitors.

“Miles is now, without a doubt, one of the elite wrestlers in the nation,” said Ryan Wallace, Miles’ older brother and an assistant coach at STHS.

The three-day championship tournament included 2,300 participants from 44 states and several countries, making it the largest tournament in the western United States.

During his streak of six consecutive wins that gave him 10th place, Miles defeated the Wyoming and Alaska state champions, as well as top wrestlers from New York, Oregon, California and Canada before losing on points to the Oklahoma State champion.

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Nevada state tournament medalists Chris Little and Cameron Cason of the South Tahoe Wrestling Club also participated in the tournament.

Little came within a couple of second of winning his final match by throwing a three-move combination that earned him five points. But time ran out as Little was turning his foe to his back.

Cason had the rare opportunity to wrestle last year’s national champion from Nebraska. Cason lost his final match.

“These young men proved that they belonged in this tournament,” said STWC coach Duane Wallace.