Lucero, Bobman capture Tah-Neva League mat titles
Danny Lucero and Matt Bobman of South Tahoe Middle School convincingly won titles during the Tah-Neva Wrestling League Championships last Saturday at Carson Middle School in Carson City.
The two champions along with sixth-grader Evan Maclean and eighth-grader Brian Burns qualified for the Nevada middle school state tournament, which unfolds Saturday at 9 a.m. at Yerington High in Yerington.
Bobman, a sixth-grader wrestling in the seventh-grade 95-pound division, won his title match with a decisive 21-6 technical decision. In avenging an earlier loss to his championship foe, the first-year wrestler used a nonstop, aggressive attack to turn the tide.
Lucero claimed an eighth-grade championship at 90 pounds with a thorough 14-4 trouncing of an opponent that blemished his record earlier.
“He really wanted it,” said STMS second-year coach Dennis Romero. “Danny was working on moves all week to defend Carson City’s half nelson. In defense of it, he rolls a guy and steps over him and gets him in a pinning position. He couldn’t believe it worked so well for him.”
Maclean rallied from a 9-4 deficit with 30 seconds left to pull out a dramatic 12-11 triumph that lifted into the state tournament at 85 pounds.
“Both Maclean and Bobman really came out and sucked up (all the knowledge) they could about wrestling,” Romero said.
A determined Burns, a 125-pounder, parlayed a strategic change into a trip to Yerington.
“Brian just improved with every match during the tournament,” Romero said. “He pretty much changed his whole technic and became more aggressive with his moves.
“He’s a very strong-minded kid and he wanted to qualify for state, and he did it.”
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