Cavin Ross comes back from late deficit to win tournament
South Tahoe High wrestling coach Tom Barnes found out about the inner strength and composure of his top wrestler at the Douglas tournament on Saturday in Minden.
Cavin Ross, unbeaten in Nevada 4A League matches this season, trailed Douglas’ Romaine Smokey 4-2 with a minute remaining in their 119-pound championship match. Instead of acting in desperation as the crowd rooted on Smokey, Ross gamely came up with the necessary moves to score a 5-4 win.
“That’s the way to line up for the (upcoming) zone tournament … to have the gumption to pull together and come up with the goods when you have to,” Barnes said. “It took some smarts to pull it out. He just worked very hard to analyze his situation and complete it. I’m very happy with his maturity and his dedication.”
Ross turned Smokey and scored three back points in the final minute to cap his unbeaten tournament.
Ross’s twin brother, Brad, also produced a medal. Brad lost early in the tournament, but showed his inner strength by rallying to win the consolation championship and third place.
STHS heavyweight Nick Alexander also earned a third-place medal, pinning his final two opponents. Freshman Brian Burns collected the Vikings’ fourth and final medal, placing sixth at 140 pounds.
“They’re showing up for practice every day and I can’t say much more about how we stress fundamental skills and have a good support group,” Barnes said. “They’re putting together the basic knowledge.”
South Tahoe finished seventh among eight teams. Galena outpointed Douglas to win the team championship.
The Vikings conclude their league schedule at Hug on Wednesday in Reno.
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