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Lucero scores pin for Vikings grapplers

Freshman Dan Lucero scored a first-period pin and Cavin Ross picked up two forfeit wins as South Tahoe High dropped a pair of Northern Nevada 4A League wrestling duals to Reed and Wooster on Wednesday night in South Lake Tahoe.

Behind Lucero’s fall, two forfeits and a major decision by Brad Ross over a female, South Tahoe led Reed 23-12 after five matches. But the Raiders shut out the Vikings the rest of the way for a 58-23 win and their first dual win of the season.

“That was as close as we’ve come this season,” said Viking coach Tom Barnes, whose club dropped to 0-6 in league duals.



Ryan Davis, 160, 140-pounder Brian Burns and heavyweight Nick Alexander showed improvement by advancing into the second period in their respective matches with the Raiders. Davis, a first-year wrestler, was pinned 2 minutes, 48 seconds into the second period; Burns, a freshman, lost at 2:40 of the second period; while Alexander, a second-year grappler, lasted until 2:46 into the second period before losing by fall.

Wooster used eight pins to dominate its match with the Vikings, 71-12. The once-beaten Colts surrendered forfeits to Cavin Ross at 119 pounds and Viking rookie 152-pounder Ghombu Sherpa of Nepal.




“He’s shown us some karate moves that he’s enacted with his wrestling moves and his balance is good,” said Viking assistant Dennis Romero of Sherpa. “He goes out there and looks like he knows what he’s doing for a first-year wrestler.”

Brad Ross responded to one of his toughest matches of the season. The 130-pounder extended Zeke Lazzari of the Colts 4:30 before being pinned. Lazzari recently placed fifth in a national tournament in Reno.

“Brad did as well as could be expected,” Barnes said. “He tried to stay away from him.”

Last Saturday, Brad Ross won the 130-pound title and Lucero (103) was runner-up at a Carson junior varsity tournament. Another highlight was Donnie Hopkins picking up his first high school victory at 152 pounds.

South Tahoe will serve as hosts for its annual Randy Couch Tournament on Saturday at 9 a.m.


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