Identical twins turn attention to Tahoe’s foes |

Identical twins turn attention to Tahoe’s foes

Identical pins from the identical twins gave South Tahoe its two wins.

Well, the pins weren’t exactly identical – Cavin Ross needed just 42 seconds of his match Wednesday to pin Willy Aguilar, his opponent from Sparks, but it took brother Brad two rounds to pin Matt Forbes as the twins won South Tahoe’s only matches in their home opener. But that’s OK – there are a few differences in the identical twins, too. Brad Ross is two minutes younger than Cavin, and five pounds heavier, but Cavin has been wrestling one more year than his brother.

But who’s the better wrestler?

“I can’t tell you that,” Brad said.

“He’s just got a lot of determination and practices quite often,” Brad Ross said of his twin. “I still have a little muscle advantage on him, but he’s still got some skills.”

Cavin Ross was equally complimentary toward his brother and sometime training opponent.

“Experience, and he has natural talent,” Cavin said. “He’s pretty strong, too. That helps out also.”

If it sounds like they’ve road-tested this on the mat a couple of times, they have. The twins have wrestled against each other at home – not frequently, but they’ve done it.

“We do it at home just to practice, but we don’t do it too often in tournaments,” Brad said.

Cavin Ross agreed:

“We practice with coach (Don) Borges a lot, and occasionally, we’ll practice with each other,” he said.

Either way, Brad rated the opponents he’s faced from other schools so far as “much easier” than wrestling his brother for practice. And that’s the way it went for both twins on Wednesday, as each pinned his opponent from Sparks, picking up the only two wins on the day for South Tahoe.

The two juniors are veterans on a South Tahoe team that still is gaining experience. But the Vikings finally can fill virtually all of their weight classes: The only one they left open against Sparks was the super-heavyweight slot.

“I think we’re doing pretty well right now,” Brad Ross said. “We just have to get the ball rolling and keep up with the determination, and practice more often.”

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