Lighter Ross offsets Viking losses |

Lighter Ross offsets Viking losses

David Gignilliat

Go ahead and chalk up the 1998-99 season as a learning experience for the South Tahoe wrestling team.

The Vikings wrestled two matches at home Tuesday afternoon, falling to Sparks, 72-12, and Reno, 73-18. South Tahoe won only one match other than by forfeit and, not surprisingly, it was sophomore captain Cavin Ross who was the man for the job.

Ross, competing in the 103-pound weight class, beat Sparks’ Jason Martinez with a pin 1:52 into the first period. Ross could not avoid defeat in his second match, falling to a Reno grappler in a 6-0 decision.

“He’s dropped down into the 103 class. For half of the season, he was at 112,” STHS wrestling coach Tom Barnes said. “He was always light for his class but wasn’t (light) enough for 103. A two-pound weight allowance (on Jan. 5) prompted us to make the move.”

So far, Barnes has been pleased with the results.

“He did OK out at Elko. He seems to have a little bit more strength at this weight class against his opponents,” said Barnes, whose team will travel to Reed High School on Friday to face Reed and Wooster. “He probably is our best chance at going to state.”

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