Freshman leads Viking wrestlers at Douglas tourney
South Tahoe High’s wrestling team finished 12th out of 19 teams at the Carson Valley Lions Invitational at Douglas last weekend, with freshman Garrett Gibb headlining the team’s list of accomplishments.
Gibb, wrestling in the 103-pound class, finished fourth overall after going 2-2 in his four matches.
Gibb had a bye in his first round and advanced to the second round to defeat a Silver Stage wrestler by pin in the third period. Gibb lost his second match to a grappler from Fallon, which finished first overall with a 202 team total.
The young varsity wrestler then defeated a McQueen Lacer in his third match by pin — also in the third period — before losing in the semifinals to a Manogue foe.
“It was a close match,” Gibb said, noting the Miners’ two-point lead before making the pin in the final period.
“That was a pretty good accomplishment for a freshman,” said STHS head coach Jack Lopez.
The Vikings (0-1 in league matches and 1-1 overall) finished with a 12th-place team total of 52.
Centennial finished runner-up with 174 points, followed by Wooster, a 4A Sierra League school, at 122. Other Sierra League schools included Reno at fifth, Douglas at sixth and Hug at 18th.
The Vikings’ Rusty Faulkner (112 ) went 2-2 and made the final consolation round, as did Nick Naccarato (130), Cooper Merhaut (135) and Kyler Krouse (152).
Ryan Buchan (119), a sophomore, won his first varsity match. Josh Reeder (140), and J.P. Foster also had one win apiece.
David Vasquez, a strong senior wrestling in the 275-pound class, was ill and didn’t wrestle.
The Vikings head to North Valleys on Wednesday for a wrestling doubleheader. Lopez said the match was rescheduled on the same day as North Valleys because both opponents lack a full team.
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