Ross has a tough time at state |

Ross has a tough time at state

Matt O'Neill

ELKO, Nev. -Joining his brother for the first time as a competitor at the Nevada 4A state wrestling tournament, South Tahoe High’s Brad Ross found out just how difficult the competition really was Friday and Saturday.

The 135-pound senior entered the two-day event as the 12th seed and had a tough road to the championship. In the first round, Ross had to grapple with the fifth-seeded Jerek Padilla of Eldorado.

Ross battled the higher-seeded Padilla for the first round but wasn’t able to last the second round as Padilla was able to pin the South Tahoe Viking.

“It could have gone either way, but it wasn’t my day out there (against Padilla),” Ross said.

The loss dropped Ross into the consolation bracket, but the competition didn’t get any easier as the senior drew Frank Brunetti of Reno.

Being familiar with Brunetti, Ross knew he had a difficult match at hand.

The two were evenly matched and went the distance, but for Ross it didn’t last long enough as he was decisioned 8-7.

With about 20 seconds left in the match, the South Tahoe coaching staff began to warn their grappler of the short time, but he was unable to take advantage of Brunetti.

“He drew a very tough bracket,” Viking coach Jim Kruk said. “In the second match, I thought he could’ve beaten that kid.”

Ross also realized the difficulty of his bracket, which featured the defending state champion.

“The competition was very stiff,” he said. “But I still had a great time competing.”

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