Ross brothers going to state together
To realize how dedicated and focused South Tahoe High’s Cavin and Brad Ross are, one only need to look at what the brothers were doing Sunday, a day after clinching state wrestling berths.
Cavin, who defended his 119-pound Northern Nevada 4A zone championship, was working at El Vaquero Restaurant at Harveys Resort & Casino while brother Brad was fulfilling his part-time job requirements in the casino’s health club.
“I pretty much did like I always do,” said Cavin, who won the 119-pound title by whipping Elko’s Chris Hunton 16-1 Saturday at Galena High in Reno. “I didn’t have that much competition, but I’ll have a lot of competition at state.”
Talk about testing your will. How many wrestlers, trying to keep their weight in check, work at a restaurant?
“It’s harder to keep my wrestling weight sometimes. I’m always tempted to eat,” Cavin said. “I’m 4 pounds over right now, but I’ll lose that by Friday.”
Cavin went through his Northern Nevada 4A opposition Friday and Saturday like a family of four can go through a box of Dunkin’ Donuts.
“Cavin is wrestling really well right now,” said STHS coach Jack Lopez. “He’s wrestling strong and he’s at his peak.”
Cavin pinned his first-, second-, and third-round foes before allowing Hunton to save a little pride by losing by technical fall.
However, his lone defeat in the Nevada Union Holiday Classic just before Christmas, is eating away at Cavin, who raised his impressive record to 40-1.
“My record feels pretty good, except for losing one,” Cavin said. “I’d love another chance at that guy.”
For the first time in his three state appearances, Cavin will have some company. Making the company better is the fact that it’s his twin brother.
“It’s pretty cool because we finally get to do something together,” Brad said. “State will bind us together more, and it’ll provide us with incentive.
“I’ve helped him practice for state in the past. Now I get to do it more intensely.”
Brad placed fourth in his 135-pound class, making it to the semifinals unscathed before losing to eventual champion Justin Sarnowski of Carson and dropping a close decision to McQueen’s Chris Arrate for third place.
“It was all a mental game in those rounds,” said Brad, who will be making his first trip to the state tournament, which starts Friday in Elko. “Qualifying for state was pretty much the goal I was aiming for. It feels pretty good.”
Earlier in the tournament, Brad edged Arrate 7-6 and then advanced to the semifinals with a 14-7 drubbing of Andrew Eidson of Reno.
South Tahoe finished 12th out of 12 teams as Sparks edged Elko for the team championship.
Heavyweight David Vasquez, 112-pounder Alex Miller and 140-pounder Galen Breisacher each won a match before being ousted in the quarterfinals.
NIAA Zone champ
Cavin Ross, 119, champion, defeated Chris Hunton, Elko, technical decision, 16-1, pinned first round, pinned second, pinned third, won tech.
cavin he is really wrestling well rightnow. He’s very strong. we don’t really know comp in thje south, but he’s wrestling strong. He’s at his peak.
40-1 on season. He’s not making any mistakes.
Brother Brad Ross made semifinals, lost to Justin Sarnowski, Carson, is last year’s state champion.
Beat Chris Arrate, McQueen to make semifinals, 7-6, then lost in semifinals, Andrew Eidson, 14-7, Reno, to get in third-fourth match, and unfor los Arrate, McQueen by decision, to finish fourth.
Victories 112, Alex Miller beat Alan Anderson Douglas, 14-4, put out inquarterfinals
antoehr win, Galin Breisacher, 140s, made to quarterfinals, beat somebody before quarters, Martin Hug, 6-5; David Vasquez won match and put out in quarterfinals, pnned Matt decisioned Wicks, Douglas
We hope to come home state champion, 577-9158
el vacaro, Harveys
“Yeah. I didn’t have too much hard competition.
16-1 technical foul,
NOt really. I’ll have lot competition at state, though.
“defintiely feel confident.
I just pretty much like I always do.
pinned during season.
as mature you ebcome better at what you’re doing.
It feels pretty good, exceot forlosing one.
Nevada Union, kid Taranova kid.
I ‘d love another chance.
It’s harder to keep weight wreslting sometimes.
i’m alwasy tempted to eat. 4 over right now. lose friday though.
I didn’t celebrate. thanks coach lopez and coach Kruk, el Cabellero at Harveys
I think pretty good.
“it’s reptty good, excited to go to state.”
“provides incentive. helped practice for state in past. Now I get to do it more intensely.
I’ve had some pretty stiff competition.
I think it was all mental game in those rounds.
“It’s pretty cool . we finally do something together, we haven’t gotten to something, state will bind us together more.”
“wait diffretn enough to where I could see him wrestle and I could give him a couple of pointers.”
“it’s always exciting to watch him wrestle.”
“it is dinvidual sport, I def like that individual accord.”
three times first time had somebody
“we talked alittle bit.”
that was goal pretty much aiming for. it feels pretty good.
1:45-3:45 p.m. in Gold Gym.
“I haven’t really seen that yet.”
that’s pretty cool,
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