South Tahoe Middle School wrestling finishes season at Tah-Neva Championships, 10 place in Northern Nevada
LOVELOCK, Nev. — The South Tahoe Middle School wrestling team wrapped up its 2016 season in successful fashion at the Tah-Neva Championships on March 26. The Timberwolves had 10 of 13 wrestlers place in the 20-team season finale.
“The ultimate goal was to continue the momentum from the high school season while teaching the life lessons of the sport and cultivate the next wave of Vikings,” Timberwolves coach Ryan Wallace said. “Nine incoming freshman left the gym smiling, so hopefully it was mission accomplished.”
STMS eighth-grader Braulio Orozco (135 pounds) led the pack with a second-place finish. The first-year wrestler made the finals in every tournament he competed in this season, and finished with a 19-4 record.
“Braulio is a special guy — he’s supremely competitive and talented,” Wallace said. “Typically kids spend their first year learning how to get off of their backs.”
Gavin Breen (95) and Hayden Waters (110) each delivered third-place finishes for South Tahoe. Waters suffered his first loss of the season in the semifinals, but finished a stellar season in style with two straight pins — his 22-1 record paced the team.
“It’s exciting to think about how good these guys are going to be if they work like this in high school,” STMS coach Robert Hook said. “Our sixth- and seventh-graders have a good head start, too.”
Five Timberwolves finished the day in fourth place — Ben Miller (80), Carson Cobel (100), Tyler Njotn (105), Nate Singelyn (110) and Drake Lathrop (115). Luis Ortiz (115) and Gary Freeman (heavyweight) each finished fifth.
“It is bittersweet — it was great to see the kids have success, but it is a bummer the season is over,” Wallace said. “This was an incredible collection of athletes, I never had to police them and we had fun every day. I love them all.”