Cavin Ross settle for in the state |

Cavin Ross settle for in the state

Matt O'Neill

ELKO, Nev. – Making his third trip in three years to the Nevada 4A wrestling tournament, Cavin Ross had his sights set on South Tahoe’s first state title since Scott Milbrodt brought home the hardware in 1988.

Entering the two-day event as the No. 1 seed, the 119-pound senior looked to be the odds-on-favorite to win the title, but a series of nagging injuries and sickness prevented Ross from performing at his top level.

In Friday’s first round, Ross was bothered by a sore throat and it was evident in his first-round matchup with Richard Robinson of Cimmerron Memorial High School as the 16th seed took the 43-3 Ross the distance before losing 9-6 to the No. 1 seed.

In the second round, Ross continued to struggle, not showing his usual aggressive style. He survived his second round match against Jessie Woodruff of Reed High School. Ross decisioned the Reed Raider 6-2 to make it into the quarterfinals on Saturday.

Ross’s first match of the second day was against Michael Castle of Silverado. The fifth-seeded Castle took advantage of Ross when he injured his neck during the match. Castle was able to turn the tables on Ross and decision the No. 1 seed 6-3.

But Ross didn’t blame the injuries for his loss.

“I don’t think the injuries have a thing to do with it,” he said. “You don’t feel anything out there. You have so much adrenaline going during the match.”

Dropping into the consolation round, Ross ripped through his semifinal match with a third-place finish on his mind.

He took on Aaron Davis of Chaparral and was able decision him 6-3 to advance to the third-fourth place match.

In the consolation title match, Ross went up against the No. 2-seeded Alan McIver of Durango. The two grapplers battled it out to the end, but it was McIver who was in control from the beginning, defeating Ross 7-0 to capture third place.

For the second time in two years, Cavin Ross finished fourth.

“It just wasn’t his day,” Viking coach Jack Lopez said. “He wrestled hard, but a couple of kids from the south beat him.

“On this weekend, they were just better than he was. If there was another weekend, he might beat them. We’re very proud of him.”

A dejected Ross was sorry to see his career end, but was thankful for all the help he received along the way.

“This was the most disappointing day,” he said. “But I want to thank Coach Lopez and (Jim) Kruk, Brad and my dad, for all the help they’ve given me and supporting me.”

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