Skiing, wrestling clubs make good showings
Seven Heavenly Ski Team racers strapped on skis, boots and a competitive edge for a Far West giant slalom event Jan. 16-17 at Snow Summit’s Miracle course.
Diana Higman recovered from a crash and broken skis on the event’s first day to post a 10th-place finish in Sunday’s giant slalom.
The event included nearly 120 regional participants and saw Ben Johnson top Heavenly male racers with fourth- and third-place finishes on his two runs. Rounding out Heavenly racers were Sean Weatherston (seventh, eighth), Cory Harris (ninth), James Rastello (64th, 59th), Patrick Flanagan (64th, first run) and Chris McKean (ninth, second run).
The giant slalom race is one of six annual qualifying events for the Western Region J3 Olympics March 14-17 at Bogus Basin in Boise, Idaho. Racers who finished in the top 15 at Snow Summit added to their point totals for the Junior Olympic competition.
With only five practices under its belt, the South Tahoe Wrestling Club braved snowfall Sunday to compete against some of Northern Nevada’s best in its first tournament of the season.
Twenty-two grapplers, ranging from five-year old peewees to 16-year old cadets, took advantage of opportunities for building experience at Reno’s Wooster High School.
The peewee division, which included Dustin Baginski, Cole Baginski and Zachary Williams, brought home first, second and third, respectively, and won seven out of nine matches. Bantam (ages 7-8) competitors Ricky Braun and Brett Hartley tied for second, while Cody Shindelbower pulled down the fifth-place spot. Midget (ages 9-10) champion Miles Wallace dominated his division, winning all three of his matches by fall.
The club shined in the novice (11-12) division as J.P. Foster placed second, Randy Henson and Cody McCullough third and Tyler Baginski fourth. Six STWC grapplers populated the schoolboy (ages 13-14) division, with wrestler Shawn Huddler besting the field as Troy Sutton took home third. Rounding out South Tahoe’s top wrestlers were cadets (ages 15-16) Ryan Wallace and Travis Shindelbower, who scored third- place marks.
Practices take place on Mondays and Wednesdays of each week at South Tahoe Middle School and continue to attract more than 60 area wrestlers. The club’s next wrestling event will be Saturday at Galena High School. Additional sign-ups are always welcome, though grapplers should join soon to prepare for the freestyle state wrestling tournament March 19-21 in Las Vegas. For more information about the wrestling club, please contact David Borges at 544-5888.
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