Ross avanges loss to female |

Ross avanges loss to female

Mike Traum

Moral victories are often measured in mini steps.

South Tahoe High wrestler Cavin Ross earned one for both himself and his team, avenging an earlier season loss, in the Vikings’ 66-7 loss to Sparks on Wednesday in South Lake Tahoe.

Ross, a freshman wrestling at 103 pounds, decisioned Robin Snyder 11-4 to open the match. Last week, Snyder beat Ross 10-0 at the Carson junior varsity tournament. She went on to win five straight matches en route to be named the tournament’s most valuable wrestler.

“(Snyder’s) a great little wrestler. Cavin learned from his mistakes. I was really proud of him,” said Tahoe coach Tom Barnes.

Junior Mike Downey continued his hot streak, winning a 12-8 decision in the 171-pound class, to earn the Vikings other points. Down 8-7 entering the final period, Downey scored a two-point takedown and three-point near fall to outpoint his Railroader opponent.

“Mike’s showing a lot of heart. He’s come a long way and is really putting it together,” Barnes said.

The Vikings otherwise were overpowered by a deep Sparks squad, according to Barnes. Steve Hook at 135 pounds and Rook Nacarrato at 119 pounds fought their way to decision losses while the rest of the team found themselves counting burned-out lights. Tahoe gave up two weight classes – 189 and 215 pounds.

“Sparks is coached very well. They’re a consistent team with some depth. Their wrestlers showed some very solid moves – things were working toward, teaching and learning. They beat us fair and square,” Barnes said.

The Vikings next travel to Sparks for a two-day tournament beginning Friday.

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