Eight Timberwolves place in home tournament
South Tahoe Middle School wrestling coach Dennis Romero liked what he saw in his club’s Tah-Neva League season-opening tournament Saturday in South Lake Tahoe.
And why not?
Eight Timberwolves placed, including sixth-grader Garret Gibb, who won a first-place medal in the 75-pound sixth- and seventh-grade class.
Other STMS sixth- and seventh-graders placing were: Cody Naccarato, second, 75 pounds; Evan McLean, second, 90 pounds; Nick Kallenbach, third, 100 pounds; Nick Naccarato, third, 85 pounds; and Justin Blankenship, fourth, 75 pounds.
Dan Dyster and Tyler Rieger led the eighth-graders, finishing second and third in their 85- and 90-pound weight classes, respectively.
“We’re getting into the tournament mindset,” said Romero, referring to the dedication needed to win the opening two matches of a tournament in order to qualify for the finals. “If they get their minds focused on their first two matches, then they get their minds focused on winning. If they learn that the first thing out of the gate, that’s an accomplishment.”
Romero is showing his wrestlers few moves and keeping them simple so his wrestlers can excel in matches.
“I show them the basics and how to score points, and that’s what wins matches,” Romero said. “They are not trying freestyle moves, or head-and-arm moves that will get them in trouble.”
This young group is also testing Romero’s knowledge.
“We had a month of practice before these matches, and I think we have a bright group of kids,” Romero said. “They really ask some super questions, and I try to give them super answers.”
The team’s next question-and-answer session comes Saturday in a seven-team tournament in Fernley.
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