STMS wrestling brings home 13 medals from Tah-Neva season debut
In its first outing of the 2016 season, the South Tahoe Middle School wrestling team made a stellar debut. The Timberwolves produced three champions and 13 medals in the Tah-Neva opener at Yerington Intermediate School last Saturday, March 5.
Coached by Ryan Wallace and Robert Hook, the Timberwolves took 17 wrestlers to Yerington — 11 eighth-graders, four seventh-graders and two sixth-graders. South Tahoe combined for a 33-20 record at the meet while winning three gold, six silver and four bronze medals.
“We aren’t focused on wins right now, we are mostly trying to teach the sport and instill our team values,” Wallace said. “But having nine in the finals is a lot of fun.”
Timberwolves’ eighth-graders Luis Rodriguez (140 pounds) and Austin Wadkins (heavyweight) produced gold medals along with seventh-grader Hayden Waters (110). All three wrestlers went 3-0 and dominated their finals matches en route to the top of the podium.
Three South Tahoe eighth-graders produced silver medals in the season opener — Nate Singelyn (110), Drake Lathrop (115) and Braulio Orozco (130). Seventh-graders Ben Miller (80), Noah Ramos (115) and Kyle Clark (135) also delivered silvers.
Rounding out the Timberwolves’ podium finishers in bronze position were eighth-graders Carson Cobel (100), Zion Gandelfo (160) and Gary Freeman (heavyweight) along with seventh-grader Derek Robbins. The South Tahoe grapplers were accompanied on the trip by their high school counterparts fresh off competing in the Div. I-A State championships.
“My cheeks are sore from smiling so much. If we continue supporting each other and working hard, this group is going to put together an unforgettable season,” Wallace said. “A lot of our success is due to the high school guys who have come in to ensure we continue the momentum from their great year.”
South Tahoe returns to action Wednesday, March 9, for a scramble meet at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School (Gardnerville, Nev.) and wrestles at Eagle Valley Middle School (Carson City, Nev.) on Saturday, March 12. The Timberwolves’ lone home meet is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16, at 3 p.m.
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