Brad Ross is stepping out of the shawdows: STHS wrestler is concluding his prep career with his best season |

Brad Ross is stepping out of the shawdows: STHS wrestler is concluding his prep career with his best season

Matt O'Neill

For Brad Ross, living life in the shadows isn’t so bad.

For four years he has toiled alongside his brother, Cavin, without a lot of notoriety.

But that is all about to change for the South Tahoe High senior wrestler.

“Cavin can be a little overshadowing,” said Brad of his brother who won his second straight zone title and has a 40-1 record this season. “But that’s all right because I don’t really like to have a lot people focusing on me.”

In his final season of his prep career, Brad is finally joining his brother at the Nevada 4A state wrestling tournament.

Brad enters the Friday-through-Saturday tournament in Elko as a 12th seed, but he is ready to make a name for himself in his final matches as a Viking.

“I’m really excited to finally be going,” he said. “I’m a little nervous, but I’m not really trying to think about it.”

Brad sports a 25-11 record this season and is enjoying the best campaign of his career, which dates all the way back to the living room of the Ross household when their father, Doug, would move the furniture aside and let his two sons go at it.

“I finally told them we should get them on a mat so they could do it legally,” Doug said.

The hard work Brad has put in throughout his youth, middle, and high school seasons is finally paying off.

“Their dad has taken them all over the country to freestyle tournaments and they’ve had a lot of mat time,” Viking coach Jack Lopez said.

Brad is banking on the idea that his years of hard work will benefit him this weekend at the state tournament.

“It’ll be tough because I haven’t seen a lot of the guys from (Southern Nevada),” Brad said. “But I just go out there and do what I need to do.”

That’s what he’s been doing all along.

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