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Short-handed Vikes lose to Huskies

Jeremy Evans

Entering Wednesday night’s Sierra League dual with Reno, South Tahoe High wrestling coach Ken Robbins knew his team wasn’t going to win.

It’s not that he is a pessimist. It’s just that several kids were sick or are nursing injuries. But for the four kids who did wrestle the Huskies, Robbins could’ve have been more proud.

Freshmen Cody Shindlebower and Cameron Cason both recorded pins, while junior Jon Fago’t went toe-to-toe with one of his top challengers as Reno defeated South Tahoe 54-12 at Reno High. Fago’t and Matt Keene were tied 4-4 after regulation, but Keene recorded a takedown in sudden death to post the victory.

“Big Jon Fago’t, that was the match everbody wanted to see and the two kids didn’t disappoint,” Robbins said. “For the first week of December, both heavyweights were in pretty good shape and went at each other pretty well. Honestly, most people think these are the top two heavyweights on our side.”

Robbins expects to have seven wrestlers for Saturday’s dual tournament in Fallon. After Christmas, he hopes to be back to his full allotment of 12 wreslters heading into the end of the season.

“We’re excited about this week because Tyler Slater is scheduled to be back with us, and this will be his first match of his sophomore season,” Robbins said. “We were really thin tonight, but hopefully we won’t be very much longer.”


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