Ross takes opportunity to wrestle Reno state champion
Cavin Ross remained unbeaten in the Nevada 4A Wrestling League even in defeat on Wednesday night in Reno.
The South Tahoe High junior wrestler claimed a forfeit at 119 pounds, and then received an invaluable lesson from a defending state champion.
Vikings coach Tom Barnes was able to convince Reno to match reigning 125-pound state champion Josh Kivi against Ross in an exhibition. Kivi led 9-2 before pinning Ross midway through the final period.
“Cavin was giving up six pounds to him, but he scored some points and learned something from him,” said Barnes, whose Vikings lost 65-12 to unbeaten Reno.
First-year wrestler Ghombu Sherpa accounted for the Vikings’ remaining six points, scoring a second-period pin.
“He got his first league win, and it was a pin. We’re happy for him,” Barnes said. “It’s nice to go in against the top team in the league and pick up a couple of wins, with one of our wins by a novice wrestler.”
STHS will compete in a 16-team Douglas invitational at 9 a.m. Saturday in Minden.
A definitive defeat to Nevada 3A Division II-leading Manogue on Tuesday heightened the importance of Whittell’s third matchup with Incline on Friday night in Zephyr Cove.
Bishop Manogue routed the Warriors 83-45 Tuesday night in Reno dropped Whittell (3-2) into third place as the division schedule reached its midpoint.
“We have no choice but to try and bounce back on Friday,” said Whittell coach Steve Maltase. “It’s a very pivotal game in our season, with the opportunity to place a little separation from Incline. If we lose that game, we’re looking at being in fourth place.”
Incline has beaten Whittell in two prior meetings this season, including a league-opening loss at Incline Village. The Highlanders sit in fourth place at 2-3.
“We have to prove to ourselves that we can beat them,” Maltase said.
Manogue (5-0) took care of business from the outset on Tuesday. The Miners led 21-6 after one quarter and padded the lead to 29 by intermission.
“We had an off night, but I have to contribute some of that to the way they played,” Maltase said. “They took us out of everything we wanted to do.”
Avery Norman led Whittell with 18 points against Manogue.
Whittell, 7-9 overall, tips off with Incline at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
A first-quarter injury to junior guard Caitlin Fagan took Whittell’s girls basketball team out of its offense from the start as Manogue coasted to a 55-16 Division II win Tuesday night in Reno.
Fagan fell hard on an ailing hip and returned only briefly as the Warriors fell to 0-5 in Division II.
“We weren’t handling the ball very well from about the time Caitlin went down,” said Whittell coach Lindsay Wines. “It took us a little bit to get calmed down.”
Manogue led 9-2 after eight minutes and put away the Warriors with a 20-2 second-quarter spurt.
Nichole Wasson and Fagan topped Whittell’s scoring with six points apiece. Jahna Rico tossed in four points and grabbed four rebounds.
Whittell, 0-13 overall, plays rival Incline at 6 p.m. Friday in Zephyr Cove.
“I’m hoping my girls come in ready to play some ball, because both times we’ve played Incline, we have not played well,” Wines said.
Wines said the home game is only the third for the Warriors.
“It will be nice to be home,” she said. “Hopefully I can instill in them the rivalry Whittell and Incline used to have, and they can come out fired up and ready to play.”
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